Gates of the Arctic National Park

This tour is an add-on to our Arctic Circle package.

Park Collectors come to Bettles every summer for a once in a lifetime adventure. United States Congress recognized the Brooks Range setting aside 8.4 million acres and naming it “Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve” after Robert Marshall.  The Gates of the Arctic is the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined, making it the second-largest unit in our national park system, yet few Americans have even heard of it and still fewer have been there.  Bettles is located 25 miles outside the park boundary-  a short hop, skip and jump in a float plane.

Kobuk Valley National Park

Daily flights to Bettles are convenient travel for any day of the week you choose to visit. Our same day charter can take you to both the Gates of Arctic and Kobuk National Park on the same flight. Many guests have come back to the Lodge with large smiles on their faces as they get ready to celebrate the very last of the National Parks on their list. We hope you celebrate completing all 61 National Parks in the United States.

Picnic Lunch in the Park

The Cessna 180 or DeHavilland Beaver are the perfect modes of transportation for this experience. Being able to see the Park from above and to land inside the Park is an incredible treat. We create a shared experience, combining small groups or singles, to share taking in the awesomeness of the scenery, and to maximize the capacity in our float planes.

While in Bettles we offer many additional activities for those who would like to stay and enjoy the midnight sun a little longer. Our outfit offers amazing fishing, hiking and rafting in the Arctic. These tours can be as a day trip or for multiple days, create your own unique vacation. We have larger aircraft available for larger groups, please inquire for price quotes.  We recommend at least one night in Bettles if you would like to see both Parks, preferably two nights in case of weather delays.  Let us know what we can do to make this adventure fit your needs.

Bettles Lodge has specialized in custom trips to the Brooks Range for the past 30 years. Creating a unique experience, Bettles is far from the beaten path, a real Alaskan Lodge with plenty of character and characters! Bettles Lodge is proud to provide Local Tours, Hotel, Restaurant, Gift Shop, Bar and Fueling. Purchase bear spray, white gas, propane, iso-butane and other camping basics.  Please contact us for price quotes and questions.