Gates of the Arctic
Park Collectors come to Bettles every summer for a once in a lifetime adventure. United States Congress recognized the Brooks Range setting aside 8.4 million acres and naming it "Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve" after Robert Marshall. The Gates of the Arctic is the size of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined, making it the second-largest unit in our national park system, yet few Americans have even heard of it and still fewer have been there. Bettles is located 25 miles outside the park boundary- a short hop, skip and jump in a float plane.
Kobuk Valley National Park
Daily flights to Bettles are convenient travel for any day of the week you choose to visit. Our same day charter can take you to both the Gates of Arctic and Kobuk National Park on the same flight. Many guests have come back to the Lodge with large miles on their faces as they get ready to celebrate the very last of the National Parks on their list. Join us for a special celebratory dinner to complete all 58 National Parks in the United States.
Picnic Lunch in the Park
The Cessna 185 on floats is the perfect mode of transportation for this experience, being able to not only see the Park from above but to be able land inside the Park is an incredible treat. The Cessna 185 is suitable 3 people either traveling together or other travelers willing to share the cost of a flight see. While in Bettles we offer many additional activities for those who would like to stay and enjoy the midnight sun a little longer. Our outfit offers amazing fishing, hiking and rafting in the Arctic. These tours can be as a day trip or for multiple days, create your own unique vacation. We have larger aircraft available for larger groups, please inquire for price quotes. We recommend at least one night in Bettles if you would like to see both Parks, preferably two nights in case of weather delays. Let us know what we can do to make this adventure fit your needs.
Bettles Lodge has specialized in custom trips to the Brooks Range for the past 30 years. Creating a unique experience, Bettles is far from the beaten path, a real Alaskan Lodge with plenty of character and characters! Bettles Lodge and Air Service is proud to provide professional, safe and efficient aviation services in addition to our Local Tours, Hotel, Restaurant, Gift Shop, Bar and Fueling. Purchase bear spray, white gas, propane, iso-butane and other camping basics. Please contact us for price quotes and questions.