Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Rafting and hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is simply a trip of a lifetime. ANWR is one of the least visited and remote areas left in North America, and, despite the media attention it receives, it offers the opportunity for unparalleled exploratory adventure. Though the exact number is unknown, it is estimated that the 19 million acre Arctic refuge – an area the size of South Carolina – receives approximately 1500 recreational visitors a year.

ANWR lives up to its description as “America’s Serengeti” and this vast area supports more species and habitat diversity than any conservation area in the northern hemisphere. The US Fish and Wildlife Service calls the refuge "The only conservation system unit that protects, in an undisturbed condition, a complete spectrum of the arctic ecosystems in North America." Caribou, polar bears, grizzlies and muskoxen wander the north slope of the Brooks Range and the highest concentration of nesting golden eagles in Alaska make the Kongakut River corridor their summer home. Humans also have a long history in the Arctic and the Gwich’in people of northeast Alaska and northwest Canada have depended on this vast area and its porcupine caribou herd for thousands of generations.  Join Alaska Alpine Adventures for a hiking, backpacking, or rafting adventure in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Activities
    • Hiking
    • Backpacking
    • Rafting
    • Canoeing
  • Wildlife
    • Grizzly Bears
    • Caribou
    • Muskoxen
    • Golden Eagles
    • Moose
    • Dall's Sheep
  • Terrain Features
    • Mountains
    • Rivers
    • Waterfalls
    • Rapids
    • Lakes
    • Tundra

Available Trips in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Kongakut River - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

DURATION: 12 days
LENGTH: 100+ miles
SEASON: June & August

Join Alaska Alpine Adventures on a breathtaking all-inclusive 12-day expedition down the Kongakut River. Rafting and hiking in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is simply a trip of a lifetime. ANWR is one of the least visited and most remote...

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Marsh Fork Hiking & Canoeing - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 50 miles
SEASON: Summer

Experience some of the best hiking Alaska has to offer on this amazing combination canoeing and hiking adventure in the high Arctic. This 10-day expedition begins in Fairbanks with a 300 mile flight north into the mighty Brooks Range. Our...

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Backpacking ANWR - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 60+ miles
SEASON: Summer

In 2014, owner Dan Oberlatz and longtime guide Haley Johnston completed a 100 mile backpacking traverse of the eastern portion of the massive Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with longtime guests (10 straight years longtime!!!) Mark & Joan Strobel.  They were...

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