Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

Local nameAniakchak National Monument and Preserve
LocationAlaska, USA

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is a U.S. National Monument and National Preserve, consisting of the region around the Aniakchak volcano on the Aleutian Range of south-western Alaska. The 601,294-acre monument is one of the least-visited places in the National Park System due to its remote location and difficult weather. The area was proclaimed a National Monument on December 1, 1978, and established as a National Monument and Preserve on December 2, 1980. The National Monument encompasses 137,176 acres and the preserve 464,118 acres. Visitation to Aniakchak is the lowest of all areas of the U.S. National Park System, according to the NPS, with only 100 documented recreational visits in 2017. Most visitors fly into Surprise Lake inside Aniakchak Crater, but the frequent fog and other adverse weather conditions make landing in the lake difficult. It is also possible to fly into the nearby village of Port Heiden and proceed overland to the Aniakchak Crater.

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Aerial view, looking… @ M. Williams, National Park Service

More information and contact


National Park Service Website

Phone +1 907 246 3305

Coordinates 56°51'8.285" N -157°52'46.339" E

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