Alaska is home to least visited national parks
National parks get tens of millions of visits every year, but five of the 10 least visited are in Alaska.
In total, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Katmai, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Parks drew just over 155,000 visits last year.
Some more facts about these five Alaska parks:
Gates of the Arctic (11,177 annual visits)
The Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is the northernmost National Park in the U.S. and the second largest in terms of size, at 8,472,506 acres.
Kobuk Valley, Alaska (15,500 annual visits)
Due to the fact that no roads lead to Kobuk Valley, air taxis are required to access it. These flights are available all year-round, but are dependant on the state of the weather.
Lake Clark, Alaska (22,755 annual visits)
The Lake was proclaimed as a National Monument by President Carter on December 1, 1978, and its remote nature (only accessible by plane or boat) has contributed to it being one of the least visited parks in the U.S.
Katmai, Alaska (37,818 annual visits)
It's named after Mount Katmai, the stratovolcano in the center of the park, which reaches 6,716 feet at its highest point. There is now a crater-lake that has a depth of 800 feet, which was formed after an eruption in 1912.
Wrangell-St. Elias (68,292 annual visits)
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Reserve is the largest area managed by the National Park Service. It's 13,175,799 acres are so large that it could encapsulate a total of six Yellowstone National Parks within its boundaries.
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