About Steese National Conservation Area

Steese National Conservation Area (NCA) encompasses 1.2 million acres of public land about 100 miles northeast of Fairbanks, AK. Created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, the Steese NCA’s special values include Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River, crucial caribou calving grounds and home range, and Dall sheep habitat. 

A half day’s drive from Fairbanks, Alaska, the Steese NCA offers stunning scenery, peaceful solitude, and outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation. The Steese NCA is split into the North and South Units, located on either side of the Steese Highway. The popular Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail skirts the edge of the North Unit. Various land uses are allowed in the Steese NCA, and the area is managed so that its scenic, scientific, cultural and other resources are protected.