Gates of the Arctic National Park

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On December 2, 1980, in the waning days of the Carter Administration, Congress authorized several National Parks in Alaska. Between them, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, and Wrangell-St. Elias Parks protect more than thirty million acres of Alaskan wilderness. The natural wonders and wildlife present in these parks beggar description. Mountain ranges, glaciers, fjords, vast forests, and a staggering array of terrestrial and aquatic life forms await those intrepid and fortunate enough to visit.