The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve is one of the most remote national parks in America, located on the Seward Peninsula in northwest Alaska. The Preserve protects a small remnant of the land bridge that connected Asia and North America more than 10,000 years ago. Most of this land bridge, once thousands of miles wide, now lies beneath the waters of the Chukchi and Bering Seas.
During the Pleistocene Epoch, or last Ice Age, glaciers in the northern region of the earth locked up water in the area, causing the sea levels to drop and exposing the land beneath the Bering Strait. Animals, plants, and people migrated from one continent to another across this flat, grassy plain. As the Ice Age ended and the earth warmed, glaciers melted and the sea levels rose again, submerging most of the land bridge. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve protects the remnant of the land bridge for the study of past cultures, to learn more about the first people who set foot in America, and to support the traditional lifestyles of its residents.
Today, the preserve offers unparalleled opportunities to experience some of America’s most isolated wild lands and the rich heritage of Alaskan Native cultures, past and present. The land can be explored through camping, bird watching, hunting, gathering, trapping, and fishing.