John River, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska| Map |
The John River is one of the major waterways that bisect Gates of the Arctic National Park, and for travelers to this remote Alaskan wilderness, offers a cross-section of the area’s best features and ecosystems. Located within the arctic circle, the John River is only accessible by plane or boat, and most visitors hire a packing service to take them there for several days’ camping. The river meanders between majestic glacier-carved mountains and skirts tundra full of wildlife, such as minks, bear and caribou. River rafting is popular here, if a nearly-empty wild preserve can be said to be popular, and local outfitters can provide this service as well. A family floating trip down the John River would be a vacation to remember indeed.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The best way to enjoy a trip here is to contract with a local guide and packing outfitter to do the heavy lifting, cooking and camp setup. Also call park rangers in advance for up-to-date information, advice and weather conditions.
Address: Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska| Map