|Aerial View of Aniakchak Caldera|
This post is a bit off the beaten path for me, and its subject is very far off the beaten path... I stumbled on this National Monument today while looking into the Alaskan monuments for my National Monuments in Danger project, and re-discovered an article I read years ago sitting in a waiting room someplace, "Baked Alaska: Surviving Aniakchak National Monument," by Christoper Solomon in Outside Magazine.
So, this place is definitely on my bucket list. However, it is the least visited unit in the National Park Service system for a reason. It is remote, it is full of bears, and I saw one mention that it is the most expensive place to visit in Alaska.
But, for a very spectacular caldera and the rafting trip out of the caldera to the ocean? Sounds amazing.
That article, and the links below, tell the story of the monument and caldera well. I'll let them speak for themselves.
By M. Williams, National Park Service - http://www.avo.alaska.edu/image_full.php?id=441, Public Domain, Link
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A spectacular Aniakchak album
Baked Alaska: Surviving Aniakchak National Monument (April 2014)
National Park Service
BEYOND THE MOON CRATER MYTH
A New History of the Aniakchak Landscape: A Historic Resource Study for Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
An Administrative History of the Katmai and Aniakchak NPS Units, Alaska
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve