Activities For Dogs In Gates Of The Arctic National Park

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Introduction

With no roads or trails, habitats or permanent structures, the Gates of The Arctic National Park is about as pure a landscape that you will ever see. A trip to this national park should be a must on your list of places to visit and the best part, your dog can go along with you! The Gates of The Arctic National Park is one of the few in the country that allow pets to go anywhere in the park. Time to bring your dog along on an epic adventure!

Photo Shoot

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Food and Treats
Collar
Leash
Camera
Waste Bags
Activity description
With one of the most pristine landscapes you will ever set your eyes on, you are going to want to capture as many photos as you can while visiting the Gates of The Arctic National Park. You will also want to be sure to include your dog in most of those photos as well so you can remember the amazing trip you both had while up in Alaska, exploring this park. These spots are the best for taking photos with your dog so they should definitely be on your list. Grab your camera and pack a few snacks and set out to take some photos worth hanging on your wall.
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Oolah Pass
This area is low in the valley of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and is a nice spot to take some photos with your dog. Small riverbeds pass through and you can often find sheets of ice, running water and also rocky soil which make for a beautiful picture composition that incorporates all the great things about this park. Place your dog in the center of all three natural backdrops and snap away!
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Arriegetch Peak
The rugged, rocky backdrop of these peaks is perfect for your photo shoot with your dog! Not only will you be able to capture the raw nature of the Gates of the Arctic National Park but you can also snap a few shots of your pup running through the untouched wilderness at the base of these peaks. Keep your fingers crossed for blue skies which make for an even better image!
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Brooks Mountain Range
Anywhere you go on the Brooks Mountain Range will produce a fantastic photo. With many rivers winding through the mountains, there is plenty of space for your dog to run, swim, climb and enjoy being in nature while you snap away with your camera. Tall mountains and cool streams will be a fantastic photo especially when you get your dog's smiling face in the shot as well!
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Canoeing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy Life Jacket
Life Jacket
Oar
Canoe
Water and Food
waste bags
Activity description
Exploring the Gates of the Arctic National Park by boat is one of the best ways to see the park. With so many rivers to venture out on, you will likely never be able to see everything but you should definitely still try! Bringing your dog in a canoe is a fantastic idea and one that many visitors to the park do. Your dog can relax in the bow of the boat while you paddle around, seeing some of the most stunning sites you have ever laid eyes on. These rivers are the best spots to take your pup as they are calm yet picturesque. You can rent a canoe in the park for a small fee and also grab a doggy life vest while you're at it. Head out on a warmer day and be sure to dress for the Arctic which means sweaters year round!
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Yukon River
The Yukon River is vast and smooth making many spots ideal for canoeing with your dog. Surrounded by mountain peaks and evergreen trees, this serene river is a peaceful place to explore. You may see salmon swimming along the river which also could lead to spotting a bear or moose while on your trip! Keep your pup in your canoe at all times!
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John River
This river tends to be slow and steady which makes it perfect for canoeing with your dog. The river is quite long and winds through many of the Gates of The Arctic mountain ranges so you will be able to see the towering peaks from way down low. Plan your trip wisely and know where you will enter and exit your canoe trip with your dog.
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Kobuk River
If you are looking for a river that leads to a massive mountaintop lake, this is the one to pick! You can canoe around the lake all day if you'd like, your dog taking a nice nap in the bow of the boat or looking around at the many sites (and smells!) to see. Plan to camp nearby as you will want to explore this region for more days than just one.
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Camping

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
Lanterns
Blankets
Food and Water
Sleeping Bags
Tent
Activity description
Camping in the Gates of the Arctic National Park is not as easy as in other parks you may have stayed at. There are no designated campsites, no way to drive with your gear to your location - just pure wilderness. If this sounds ideal to you, then grab your backpack, tent, sleeping bags and your dog and go! When you find an area where you would like to stay for the night, set up your tent! Easy as that! Well, almost that easy. There is a lot to consider and plan for when camping with your dog in the Gates of the Arctic National Park.
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Campsite selection
Picking a place to pitch your tent is very important. Choose a campsite that is well above the water level as the rivers in the park can raise at any time. Sites near the river, however, do have fewer mosquitoes which is ideal for you and your dog. The park recommends moving your campsite every two to three days to preserve the natural landscape of the park.
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Set up
Make sure your tent is secure and there is plenty of blankets or general areas for your dog to get comfy. Place all trash and food far away from your physical tent as this is bear country! You don't want the delicious smell of dog food to attract any bears to your tent at night! In fact, the Gates of The Arctic National Park recommends you cook and eat about 100 yards away from your tent. Sorry, pups, no treats in bed!
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Safety
Make sure your dog in inside your tent with you at night and that the door is zippered shut so your pup can't get out. Be aware that there is a good amount of wildlife in the park and you should keep your dog by your side to ensure their safety. While it is nice to let your dog roam the park during the day, be sure they are never out of your sight and come back to you when called.
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HIking

While there are no designated trails in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, there are plenty of places to hike and explore with your dog. Be sure to bring a map along with you and plan routes that you and your dog are easily able to hike together (stay away from scaling cliffs!)

Cookout

When in the Gates of the Arctic National Park, plan a fun cookout with your dog. Pack a few burgers and start a fire to cook them over. You and your dog will enjoy sitting in the beautiful park with some fire roasted treats!

Conclusion

The Gates of the Arctic National Park is such a great place to visit with your dog. Not only is it purely beautiful but it is a rare place where your dog can run free, uninhibited and just enjoy being a dog. Always plan ahead as this park is very remote and secluded so you want to be prepared for anything. However, once you have mapped your route, packed your bags and put your pup on their leash, you should be ready to go!