Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District

Approximately 70 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District is a magical area for many reasons. The area contains more than 114 beach ridges that have been important to the Iñupiat heritage for at least 5,000 years. Sustenance living, especially the hunting of large marine animals, is still the norm. Trucks regularly haul lead and zinc from mines near Kotzebue, Alaska, across this monument's northern part. Additionally, many birds come to these waters from as far away as South America to lay their eggs and raise their young. Only the brave person who prepares well for a journey to this isolated spot should attempt to visit this location about 550 miles northwest of Nome, where the sun almost does not set in the summer and darkness persists for days during the winter months. 

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Things To Do Near Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District

Most people who choose to come to Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District arrange to do so on a flightseeing expedition from Kotzebue or Bettles. It can be challenging to reach this remote location. If you choose to land, you can see up to 150 bird species at the crossroads of the Asiatic-North American flyways. Others choose to spend time backpacking at this location where there are no roads or specialized maps. A great way to learn more about the area before you arrive is to stop at the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center in Kotzebue.

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How To Get To Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District

Getting to Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District is usually done by hiring a plane from Kotzebue, Alaska, to fly you to the site. You can find connections to Kotzebue's Ralph Wein Memorial Airport from Nome, Anchorage, or Fairbanks. Then, arrange with a local pilot to fly you to the park, where there are no roads. The best time to go to Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District is in the summer because of the weather. 

Address

Ralph Wein Memorial Airport, 100 Airport Access Road, Kotzebue, Alaska 99752

Fee: Entry fee $0

Visiting the tundra at Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District can be an excellent adventure for prepared people. The only way to reach this monument is by plane as there are no roads, except for private ones used by the local mining companies. If you want to learn more before going to Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District, stop at the park's headquarters in Kotzebue, where you can visit with park rangers and participate in their talks. While you can't take an RV to Cape Krusenstern, these vehicles still provide one of the best ways to explore other areas Alaska. If you don't own an RV, rent one on RVshare.