Settled along the Arctic Ocean, Prudhoe Bay is most well known for it’s proximity to the largest oil field in the United States and North America: Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. This great oil field originally contained approximately 25 billion barrels of oil when it was discovered in 1968. However, according to BP, as of 2006, only about 4 billion barrels of recoverable oil remained underground.
Located in what is known as the North Slope Borough, Prudhoe Bay is also home to part of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. This pipeline carries “North Slope oil from Pump Station No. 1 at Prudhoe Bay to an ice-free port terminal at Valdez, Alaska, 800 miles to the south,” because the Arctic Ocean is only ice-free for six weeks out of the entire year. This is pretty astounding if you ask us!
And if any of this interests you, at 1st Alaska Outdoor School, we offer a three and four day trip to Prudhoe Bay from May through September.
On this scenic trip, you will experience Alaska through the eyes of an experienced Alaskan tour guide and driver. We’ll take you for an up close and personal view of Alaska’s oil pipeline, across the Yukon River, through the Arctic Circle and the Arctic National Park, and up to Prudhoe Bay, where we’ll take you right to the edge of the Arctic Ocean.
A once in a lifetime opportunity, we can’t begin to do this area justice through words. You’ll have to come and see it for yourself!