Kobuk Valley National Park

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Kobuk Valley National Park, in Alaska, showcases the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes and caribou migration routes. Set above the Arctic Circle, it’s a remote wilderness untouched by roads.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Alaska
Area: 1,750,716 acres (7,084.90 sq km) – 9th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Angayukaqsraq – 4,760 ft (1450.85 m)
Lowest Elevation: Kobuk River – 40 ft (12.19 m)
Date Established: December 2, 1980
Annual Visitors: 16,925 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Kotzebue, Alaska

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Kobuk Valley National Park

Kobuk Valley is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Kobuk Valley National Park.

  1. Sand duning on the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes
  2. Witnessing the caribou migration
  3. River boating on the Kobuk River
  4. Dog sledding in the winter months
  5. Experiencing the Northern Lights

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Kobuk Valley National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Kobuk Valley National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Kobuk Valley National Park

After hiking and exploring Kobuk Valley National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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