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Grizzly along the Denali Highway Rafting the Gulkana National Wild River Native woman drying salmon on racks ATV rider on trails near Glennallen Surveyor
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White Mountains National Recreation Area

Summer Recreation

The White Mountains National Recreation Area offers a wide variety of summer fun for those with a taste for adventure. If you are looking for wilderness hiking or breath-taking scenery, want to try your luck gold panning, float a remote river, or just need a place to park your camper or trailer, come check out this little known Alaska treasure.

Gold Panning

A goldpanner searches his pan for gold.The search for gold is what brought the early sourdoughs to Alaska. Today people are still looking for that glimmer of gold in Nome Creek, part of which has been designated as a recreational panning area. more>>

Nome Creek Valley

Hiker in Nome Creek ValleyNome Creek Valley, accessible from the Steese Highway, offers trails, fishing, gold panning areas, two campgrounds, and the put-in for floating Beaver Creek National Wild River. more>>


Summit Trail ShelterSeveral of the White Mountains recreation cabins can be reached in summer on foot or by horse, raft, or off-highway vehicle. Other are inaccessible due to wet and muddy trail conditions. more>>

Off-Highway Vehicle Use

ATV rider crosses Quartz CreekA portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area is open to the use of motorized vehicles during designated time periods. Maps show open areas and the rules for operating motor vehicles. more>>

Summer Trails

Bicycle rider on the Quartz Creek TrailBLM manages over 40 miles of summer trails including the Summit and Quartz Creek trails. These trails provide access to public recreation cabins, hiking and ATV activities, and Beaver Creek National Wild River. more>>


Camper barbecuing at Ophir Creek CampgroundBLM manages three campgrounds in or near the White Mountains. One is located at mile 60 on the Steese Highway, and the other two are located at either end of the Nome Creek Valley. more>>

River Floating

Kayaker on Beaver CreekThe Beaver Creek National Wild River offers what may be the longest "road-to-road" float trip in North America.  The river flows through the heart of the White Mountains, past jagged cliffs and mountains. more>>

Hunting and Fishing

Angler holds a northern pike caught in Beaver CreekThe White Mountains National Recreation Area is open to sport hunting for moose, caribou, black bear, grizzly bear, Dall sheep and other game species. Fishing is a popular activity. Arctic grayling is the most common sport species found, but anglers can also catch northern pike, burbot and salmon. more>>