If your pooch is up for a serious adventure, plan an expedition to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. This massive preserve is located on the Seward Peninsula in northwestern Alaska. The western border of the preserve lies on the United States-Russia fishing boundary, and is about 42 miles from the Bering Strait. Needless to say, you and your pooch will pretty much be off the grid!
First things first. You and your pup need to get to the
park. This is a feat in and of itself as there are no roads that lead directly to
the park. Visitors must arrive by a small airplane, small boat, or by snow
vehicles, dog sleds or skis in the winter. Make sure your pupster is up for this sort of
travel. There is an unimproved landing strip, beaches, and lakes that can be
used for planes. Please note ATVs and off road vehicles are not permitted. It's best to start at the Bering Land Bridge Visitor Center in Nome. While the preserve is open 24/7, the visitor center is open from Tuesday to Friday from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.
Once you arrive, there are endless opportunities of where
you can go. Of course, hiking and backpacking are incredibly pupular activities for visitors, however, there are
no designated trails or routes. This means you need to be at the top of your
navigation game and have the necessary maps and GPS. The terrain varies, but be prepared to
walk on tundra. The squishy turf can be hard on your pup. You may also need to
bushwhack through willow and alder. Your trek may take you across the preserve’s
ridgelines, or through backcountry rivers. Keep your doggo’s athletic
ability in mind when planning your route.
This preserve is prime wildlife viewing habitat. Grizzly
bears, moose, and caribou all live in these parts. Little critters like ground
squirrels, fox, and rabbits also call this place home. If you see an animal,
keep your distance and make sure your pooch doesn’t harass it.
Always be prepared for this kind of rough adventure with enough water for both of you, treats and snacks, and clean-up bags, and be sure to leave nothing behind.
For true adventurers, there is no place on earth like Bering Land Bridge