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White Mountains National Recreation Area

Nome Creek Valley

Nome Creek Valley as seen from Table Top MountainNome Creek valley is one of the prime access points for summer recreation in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. It can be reached via the US Creek Road at milepost 57 on the Steese Highway.

Whether you visit for the day or stay in one of the two campgrounds, you will find much to do in Nome Creek valley.

The area has a rich mining history, the remnants of which remain visible in places like the Maze, where a gold-mining dredge left Nome Creek in a sinuous path between piles of gravel tailings. Today visitors come to the recreational gold-panning area to try their hand at recovering  the gold the miners missed.

The Table Top Mountain Trail and Quartz Creek Trail both start in Nome Creek valley, or you can find your own way up one of the ridges behind the Mt. Prindle Campground. If you're not on foot, horse or bike, be sure to consult the Off-Highway Vehicle Map for areas open to motorized summer use.

Like to fish? Nome Creek offers good fishing opportunities for Arctic grayling . These fish are easily caught using lures or flies, but in Nome Creek valley, fishing is catch-and-release only. Remember, you need a current Alaska fishing license to fish in Alaska streams.

Nome Creek valley is also a departure point for float trips down Beaver Creek National Wild River. The put-in is located next to the Ophir Creek Campground.

Map of Nome Creek Valley