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Alaska's Western Brooks Range

Brooks Range Backpacking, Camping and Canoeing in the Western Arctic

In the Western Brooks Range we offer a trip to Kasegaluk Lagoon we call Beluga Adventure, a canoe trip on the Colville River and a backpacking trip in the Wulik Peaks. See full schedule below.


About the Western Brooks Range

The western Brooks Range is the most remote and untraveled part of Alaska. Unknown of the unknown, home of the 400,000 strong Western Arctic Caribou herd. You almost certainly will not encounter other parties (or even footprints) on any of our western Brooks Range trips. Expect encounters with wildlife.


These wildlife-rich Brooks Range trips are the trips our guides covet and vie for. The remoteness of the area and the richness of its fauna coupled with its storied history make this a world class, if totally unknown, destination for Brooks Range backpacking. The gentle gradient of most rivers make the western Arctic ideal for Alaska wilderness canoeing.

Brooks Range Canoeing, Camping and Rafting trips.

With so many wonderful places in the Brooks Range, we can only visit a select few each summer. Perenial favorites include, the Kokolik river which is perhaps the best wildlife trip in arctic Alaska. We will also visit Kobuk Sand Dunes in Kobuk Valley National Park on our Kobuk Dunes and Gates of the Arctic Explorer trip. For serious birders and adventurers we will be paddling in Kasegeluk Lagoon on the Chukchi Coast in July.

Western Brooks Range Geography and Wildlife

As the Brooks Range heads west beyond Gates of the Arctic National Park, the craggy peaks and arid climate give way to broad colorful ridges, rich and productive tundra, and some of the highest densities of wildlife anywhere in the Arctic. Except for the few Inupiaq residents, the entire Western Arctic is un-peopled and remote. Our trips offer unparalleled opportunities to view the 400,000 animal Western Arctic caribou herd as they migrate just after calving, predators in tow. On a canoe trip a few years ago we watched 60,000 caribou swim the river in a single day. The river turned white with shed hair!

Brooks Range Birding

For bird enthusiasts, the Western Brooks Range is a fantastic place to see Asian migrants such as bluethroats. Bristle-thighed curlew, northern wheatears, yellow wagtails, and gray-headed chickadees are also possibilities. Yellow-billed loons and other rare waterfowl can be seen near to the coast. Raptors like gyrfalcons, golden eagles and rough-legged hawks commonly nest along the river corridors.


If you want to see wildlife in a truly wild place a Western Brooks Range trip is the adventure for you.

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2015 Backpacking, Canoeing, and Camping Trips - Western Brooks Range





Kokolik River (Caribou Canoe)


06/15/15 - 06/24/15


Wulik Peaks Backpack


08/17/15 - 08/23/15


Beluga Adventure (Kasegaluk Lagoon)


07/05/15 - 07/12/15


National Parks Explorer (Gates and Kobuk)

Base Camp

07/28/15 - 08/01/15


Nigu River


07/29/15 - 08/08/15


Bering Land Bridge and Cape Kruzenstern National Parks

Base Camp

08/02/15 - 08/05/15


Colville Canoe


08/08/15 - 08/15/15


Want more options? See our complete 2015 schedule.

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Arctic Wild provides professionally guided wilderness trip in the Western Brooks Range and across Arctic Alaska. Canoe, backpack and wildlife base camp trips for caribou migrations, Alaska bird watching and wilderness expeditions.