The answer?: Not many. For most of the year, ANWR is unbearably cold and dark. For several weeks, the sun doesn’t even rise and leaves the windswept landscape a very inhospitable environment. Only a few hundred people visit ANWR each year.
Understanding the visitors of ANWR How many people actually visit this ‘national treasure’, America’s Serengeti’?
In 1997, between 1,000-1,500 recreational visitors actually spent time within the 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), a region the size of the State of South Carolina.
“Currently, exact number of recreationists are unknown. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservatively estimates the total at 1,000 to 1,500.”
Tom Edgerton, Arctic NWR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Before you visit ANWR, here are some resources:
City of Kaktovik, Alaska – The only village in ANWR, its a good idea to contact the residents before you make a trip. Weather can be a big issue!
There’s no medical, dental care or grocery stores in ANWR, so plan ahead!