DETAILS: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
GETTING THERE: Organized trips to Brooks Range originate in Fairbanks, Alaska. Several carriers fly from Washington to Anchorage and/or on to Fairbanks, including United, Alaska and Northwest airlines. Our round-trip fare (per person, including taxes and fees) from Washington to Fairbanks was about $850.
WHERE TO STAY: Given the vagaries of the weather, plan to spend a few extra days in town in case of delays. Fairbanks is a sprawling outpost on the edge of the frontier. Accommodations run the gamut, from the stylish Springhill Suites by Marriott (575 First Ave., 800-314-0858, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: A good dining option, though pricey, is Lavelle's Bistro, in the Springhill Suites hotel (907-450-0555, http:/
WHAT TO DO: One must-see attraction is the spectacular new Museum of the North at the University of Alaska (907 Yukon Dr., 907-474-7505, http:/
If you need last-minute sporting goods, go to Big Ray's. It is conveniently located downtown, and its prices can't be beat (507 Second Ave., 800-478-3458, http:/
OUTFITTERS: Outfitters offer three general types of trips to Brooks Range: backpacking, hiking from a base camp and rafting. All require camping. Prices for a 10-day raft trip start at about $3,500 per person and typically include food and guides, common gear (e.g., rafts, life jackets, utensils), perhaps some personal gear (e.g., tents) and plane service between Fairbanks and Brooks Range.
We traveled with Wilderness Birding Adventures, based in Eagle River, Alaska (907-694-7442, http:/
A list of authorized guides and air taxi operators for ANWR, plus a superb overview and description of the refuge, can be found on the refuge Web site, at http:/