Over the mighty Brooks Range


In the Brooks Range

Consider a flightseeing trip or other wilderness access flying with Dirk and Danielle Nickisch at Coyote Air in Coldfoot. They have been providing flying service in the Arctic for many years and offer various flightseeing trips and tours of different lengths.


Dirk Nickisch and Danielle Tirrell

Book your flight with Coyote Air

Summer: 907-678-5995
Winter: 907-687-3993

Flightseeing options

Choose a flightseeing option or charter your own flight to be dropped off or picked up.

Gates of the Arctic Tour

Experience the Gates of the Arctic Park from the air as well as on the ground. This trip will take you up the North Fork of the Koyukuk, giving you a view of the namesake mountains, Boreal Mountain, and Frigid Crags, known as the Gates of the Arctic. Land on a lake within the park for a short wilderness hike.

Allow 2 hours for this fully guided tour; approximately an hour of air time.

Gates of the Continental Divide Tour

See Brooks Range landscapes, including broad valleys with rivers flowing into the Arctic Ocean, high alpine lakes, small glaciers, and near-endless vistas. There can also be good opportunities for wildlife spotting. Land on a lake within the Gates of the Arctic Park for a small wilderness hike.

Allow 3.5 hours for this fully guided tour.

Gates of the Arctic Cultural Tour

Visit the contemporary Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass, where residents blend modern conveniences with traditional subsistence lifestyle practices. Visit the Simon Paneak Memorial Museum and local store of this fly in the only village. On the return trip to Coldfoot, stop on a lake in the Gates of the Arctic Park.

Allow 4.5 hours for this fully guided trip.

Arrigetch Adventure

Fly west from Coldfoot to see the magnificent Arrigetch Peaks. The Peaks are some of the largest granite extrusions in the Brooks Range, a unique feature of this vast wilderness landscape. Fly around the Arrigetch peaks and land at either Takahula or Walker Lake to allow you an opportunity to set foot on the ground in Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Plan on 3.5 hours total time for this fully guided trip.

Kobuk & Gates of the Arctic Tour

This combination tour allows you to visit both National Parks in one day. Land in both Parks for pictures and light refreshments. An extended trip takes you through some of the more dramatic area features, including the Arrigetch Peaks.
Plan 7.5 hours for this tour.

Day Trips

Enjoy a day trip at Long Lake in the Gates of the Arctic National Park on the Koyukuk River's North Fork. The Gates of Arctic National Park surrounds Long Lake. You can hike the circumference of the lake, paddle in the canoe and explore, drop a line in the water and fish, or sit back and enjoy the wilderness.
This is an unguided trip.