Size: 1.75 Million Acres

Year Established: 1980

Annual Visitors: 11,500

Firearms Information in Kobuk Valley National Park

As of February 22, 2010, federal law allows citizens who can legally own guns under federal law and Alaska state law do so in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. It is still against the law at the federal level to use or shoot a firearm.

There are also places in this park where you can’t bring a gun because it’s against the law. At all public entrances, there are signs pointing to these places.

Hunting in Kobuk Valley National Park

Sport hunting is not allowed in Kobuk Valley National Park. If you hear that someone is hunting in the area, it’s likely that they live there. Local people who live in designated resident zones are allowed to hunt for food in the area.

Additional Information About Kobuk Valley National Park

Kobuk Valley National Park is about 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Arctic region. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act set up the park in 1980 to protect the 100-foot-high Great Kobuk Sand Dunes and the area around them, which has caribou migration routes.

When entering the backcountry for camping, hiking, boating, or dog sledding, park visitors need to bring all of their own gear. There are no marked trails or roads in the park.

And the park is about the same size as the state of Delaware at 1,750,716 acres! 

Kobuk Valley is one of Alaska’s eight national parks. Only California, which has nine national parks, has more national parks than Alaska. The National Park Service is in charge of taking care of the park.

Best Time to Visit Kobuk Valley National Park

The best time to visit Kobuk Valley National Park is between the months of June to September.

Visitor Fees

No fees or registration are needed to get into the park.

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center


171 3rd Ave,
Kotzebue, AK 99752

Phone Number

(907) 442-3890

Hours of Operation

Saturday to Sunday Closed

Monday to Friday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.