Serpentine Hot Springs Area Management Strategy (CE)
The National Park Service is going to initiate a master planning process for the Serpentine Hot Springs area of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, kicking off in the summer 2011. A Master Plan will update the long-range vision for facilities, as well as provide direction and framework for managing the Serpentine Hot Springs area regarding resources and providing positive experiences for visitors.
Serpentine Hot Springs located about thirty miles from the end of the Nome-Kougarok road. It is the most visited area of the preserve. It is a remote destination that is prized for its recreational, scenic, cultural, and spiritual qualities.
Facilities at Serpentine are minimal and consist of an enclosed bath house; a bunkhouse with wood/oil heat; a connecting board walk; and a short dirt 1,100 foot airstrip. Current means of access to the area include fixed wing aircraft, snow mobile, dog sled, and foot.
As visitation increases through media exposure and word of mouth, impacts are likely to the natural and cultural resources at Serpentine Hot Springs. The NPS must create and implement an area management plan to proactively manage the situation.