More than 12,000 years ago, many archaeologists believe the first migrants from what is now Siberia crossed over a vast stretch of frozen tundra into the Western Hemisphere.
In northwest Alaska, the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve lies closer to Russia than to Anchorage. In fact, natives of this area speak the same language and observe the same traditions as their kin who live across the Bering Strait.
Visitors to this remote wilderness come to experience one of the nation’s last untamed frontiers. There are no roads or services in the park. Backcountry campers can hike the rugged granite tors (rock outcrops), glimpse raptors and waterfowl, explore ancient lava fields, and relax in the Serpentine Hot Springs. A bunkhouse near the Springs is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Easier access to the unique history, culture, geology, flora, and fauna of this region can be found at the Bering Land Bridge interpretive center in Nome.
If You Go
The park is open year round, but flights in and out depend on the weather. There are no services, so visitors must be prepared to bring in and carry out all necessary equipment and food. Consult the park’s administrative office for more information to plan your trip.
Did You Know
The Bering Land Bridge was more than 1,000 miles wide at one point in time.