The Ultimate Kobuk Valley National Park Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Kobuk Valley National Park in northern Alaska is probably the most remote national park in the U.S. There are no roads and its beautiful wilderness solitude can be accessed only by the Kobuk River. Take this quiz to learn more about the special beauty of Kobuk Valley National Park.

In what state is Kobuk Valley National Park located?

Kobuk Valley National Park is located in Alaska and is one of the most remote national parks.


How do you get to the park?

There are no roads leading to the park. You can reach it only by foot, snowmobile, chartered air taxi or dogsled.


What is the size of Kobuk Valley National Park?

The park consists of 1,750,700 acres or some 4,200 square miles (10,878 square kilometers). It is roughly the size of the state of Delaware.


Once inside the park, what is the easiest way to travel?

The park has no roads and even trails do not exist. The best way to traverse the park is by using the Kobuk River.


Where are the park headquarters and information center located?

Not even the park headquarters or visitor center are within the park. Both facilities are in Kotzebue, Alaska, an airplane ride away.


What was the highest number of visitors to travel to this park in a year?

In 2004 and 2005, there were about 9,500 visitors each year. By 2006, the park had only 3,005 visitors, which dropped the next year to only 847 visitors.


What accommodation is available in the park?

Only backcountry camping is available in the park. Permits are required before camping and can be obtained at the park ranger's office.


Besides its remoteness, what is a prime attraction of the park?

The park is famous for having the northernmost sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere. The sand dunes are called the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes.


What is the size of the area covered by the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes?

The sandy mounds of the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes cover 25 square miles (65 square kilometers) with their shifting sands.


Where can you start a paddleboat or motorboat trip on the Kobuk River to transverse the park?

A boat trip on the river usually begins from the little settlement of Ambler on the east side of the park and ends in Kiana, a village outside the park's western boundary.


How distant is the park from the Arctic Circle?

The park is 30 miles above the Arctic Circle. Even camping in the park during the short summer is recommended only for experienced campers or those with an experienced guide.


What else is notable about this unique park?

The two other major attractions of this park are ancient archeological sites and the Salmon River, which is classified as a national wild and scenic river.


How high do some of the Kobuk Sand Dunes rise above their base?

Some of the mountainous dunes are more than 150 feet (46 meters) high. With prevailing winds, the dunes are eternally adrift.


What is a popular pastime of some of the visitors who make their way to Kobuk Valley National Park?

With its 100-foot or higher dunes, Kobuk Valley National Park is one of the best sandboarding destinations in Alaska. Sandboarding is a popular pastime that is mostly done in deserts.


What is the name of the two mountain ranges that enclose the Kobuk Valley National Park?

The Kobuk Valley National Park is enclosed by the Baird and Waring mountain ranges.


In what range of mountains are the Kobuk River's headwaters?

The Kobuk River's headwaters are in the Brooks Range. As the river glides through the park, it drops only two or three inches every mile until it finally reaches Hotham Inlet.


What is the name of the Eskimo tribe that owns the land through which the Kobuk River flows?

Placid and pleasant, the Kobuk River flows through land belonging to the Inupiaq Eskimos.


What animal can you watch swimming in the Kobuk River during late August and early September?

In late August and early September, you can sit above the Kobuk River and watch huge herds of caribou swim across the river. Relax as you watch the great antlers on the males bobbing and swaying with the motion of the water.


What is considered the park's best known feature?

The Onion Portage is considered the parks best known feature. It is located at a caribou migration river-crossing point and is one of the most significant archeological sites in Alaska.


What is the name of the archeologist who uncovered evidence of flint-working technology at Onion Portage in 1961?

J. Louis Giddings found what has been referred to as the most important archeological site in the Arctic at Onion Portage. Giddings uncovered an area that yielded evidence of flint-working technology representing eight different cultures.


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