Anaktuvuk Pass rests at an elevation of 2,200 feet on the divide between the Anaktuvuk and John Rivers in the central Brooks Range and is the last remaining settlement of the inland northern Inupiat Eskimo. Anaktuvuk is an Anglicized rendering of the Inupiat word for "place of caribou droppings," and the village and the Anaktuvuk River are so called because this is a place where huge caribou migrations used to take place.
The entire village is walkable. In summer, locals get around everywhere using ATVs; in winter they use snowmobiles ("snow machines" in Alaska). And of course, nothing beats the convenience of Alaska's "bush taxi", the single engine airplane equipped with floats, skis or wheels, as the season requires.
- Gates of the Arctic National Park HQ, near the air strip.
- Simon Paneak Memorial Museum (A short walk from the village airstrip), ☏ . 8:30 AM-- 5:00 PM M-F. The town's small but noted museum. $10.00.