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Cape Krusenstern National Monument
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Cape Krusenstern National Monument
Description - At the Cape Krusenstern National Monument archeological sites located along a succession of 114 lateral beach ridges illustrate Eskimo communities of every known cultural period in Alaska, dating back some 4,000 years. Older sites are located inland, along the foothills. The monument includes a representative example of the arctic coastline along the Chukchi Sea.

In summer, a tremendous show of wildflowers colors the beach ridges and nearby hills. Huge numbers of birds come to the coastal area for nesting. Eskimos still hunt marine mammals along the outer beaches, and local, rural
residents are allowed to hunt in the monument for inland subsistence resources.

The northern boundary of the unit is crossed by a road to the Red Dog mine, located just outside the eastern boundary of the monument. Trucks haul zinc from open pit mine to a tidewater port. The mine is operated by Cominco Alaska and the NANA Regional Corp., a Native corporation based in Kotzebue.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities include boating, climbing, fishing, hiking, hunting, lodging, viewing exhibits, winter sports and wildlife viewing.

Location - Cape Krusenstern National Monument lies on the northwestern coast of Alaska. It is accessible by scheduled airlines from Fairbanks or Anchorage. Scheduled flights are available from Kotzebue to the villages of Noatak, Kivalina, Shungnak, Ambler, Kobuk, Kiana and Noorvik.

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Contact Information:
Cape Krusenstern National Monument, P.O. Box 1029 , Kotzebue, AK, 99752, Phone: 907-442-3890

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