- Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is a remnant of the land bridge that connected Asia with North America more than 13,000 years ago. The land bridge itself is now overlain by the Chukchi Sea and the Bering Sea.
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Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
During the glacial epoch this was part of a migration route for people, animals, and plants whenever ocean levels fell enough to expose the land bridge. Archeologists agree that it was across this Bering Land Bridge, also called Beringia, that humans first passed from Asia to populate the Americas.
Recreation - Facilities at this site include a visitor center, which is located at 240 Front Street in Nome, Alaska. There are limited federal facilities within the preserve. Six shelter cabins and a bunkhouse style cabin at Serpentine Hot Springs are available, where soaking is the most relaxing way to enjoy the preserve.
Other activities for visitors to enjoy include camping, hiking, backpacking, exploration, nature observation, photography and coastal boating. Birdwatchers will enjoy the variety of species including raptors, waterfowl and some rare Asiatic species. Winter offers opportunities for snowmobiling, dog sledding and some cross-country skiing.
You can explore remains of the gold rush era and observe evidence of ancient Eskimo life. The preserve and surroundings (including nearby Native villages) offer opportunities to observe and learn about traditional subsistence lifestyles and historic reindeer herding.
Hunting and fishing are permitted under state regulations; Alaska hunting and fishing licences are required. There are no roads that lead into the Preserve, therefore no automobile access to the Preserve. Four-wheelers are prohibited, but snow machines are permitted in the winter months.
Climate - Weather in the Bering Preserve is variable. Summer temperatures on the coast are usually in the low 50s ° F, with mid 60s to 70s and an occasional 80 or 90 in the interior. Average January lows are -15 on the coast and -50 in the interior.
Winds average 8 to 12 mph, but 50 to 70 mph winds commonly accompany storms and produce extremely low and dangerous chill factors.
Though generally useful, these averages cannot account for the wide variance in temperature, wind and precipitation in the preserve. Even in summer, one can see snow, near freezing temperatures and long periods of clouds, wind and rain. Summer days are long, almost without darkness; winter days are short, with only a few hours of light. Exposure and hypothermia are real threats throughout the year.
The Preserve is located on the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska. It is accessible via small bush planes and boat in the summer months and by snowmachine, dog sleds or small plane on skis.