When I first saw the wintry slide show from Gates of Arctic National Park and Preserve, I immediately added the unit to my bucket list of national park adventures. Dogsledding through the park's snow-blanketed wilderness seemed to fit perfectly with my desire to see parts of Alaska that I could only imagine while reading Jack London tales while growing up.
Sadly, getting from here to there is not the easiest thing to accomplish. As the park staff note, "Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a remote wilderness area located above the Arctic Circle and far from any roads. Most visitors access the Park and Preserve by bush plane, starting from local villages. Others hike in from the Dalton Highway or the village of Anaktuvuk Pass."
Whether I ever reach Gates of Arctic remains to be seen. For now, it's just an entry on my bucket list. What about you? Which unit of the National Park System would you most like to see...but fear you won't for one reason or another (most likely distance and/or cost)?