The town grew during the gold rush of 1900 and the population was 203 in the 2000 census. It is small, as are most towns in Arctic Alaska. People visiting say this is one of the most beautiful villages in Alaska. It is the only Bering Strait village located inland and is located along the famous Iditarod Trail and included in both the northern and southern routes.
There is a small landing strip near White Mountain. Air is the best way to get in, with many flights each week, weather permitting. There is also an access trail to Golovin, Alaska from White Mountain. Access by boat is possible during the summer from Council or through Golovin Bay. Finally, a small but noteworthy number of people get here on dog sled, during the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The best way to get around, once you're here, is by rental car
- Robert 'Putto' Charles Valentine's Basketball Tournament. People from the surrounding villages attend.
- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. On the trail.
- ANICA Native Store. Limited selection of groceries.
During the summer months the village families practically move to their summer camps to do hunting and fishing. They gather greens and berries as well as dry fish for the winter months. Food items are fish, including salmon & other fish, caribou, reindeer, seal and moose.
In contrast to other villages, White Mountain is legally damp. You can not sell alcohol, but you may bring it in or import it for personal use.
- Bering Land Bridge National Preserve A remnant of the land bridge that connected Asia with North America more than 13,000 years ago. Fly out to Serpentine Hot Springs and spend a few nights in the bunkhouse while you hike among the huge granite tors which encircle the springs, sightsee, fish, and relax in the warmth of the hot springs.