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Get Your Permit First!

Pilgrim Hot Springs Day Pass permits are currently still sponsored by
Norton Sound Health Corporation

Keep an eye on our social media or website for announcements.
Please contact with any questions.

Hours of Operation for 2024 Summer Season: July 3 - September 22
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. for Day Pass Visitors

Pool & property reserved for overnight guests after 10:00 p.m.
Overnight guest check-in: 3:00-10:00 p.m. 
Check-out: NOON (Except Tuesdays at 10 a.m.)

Permits are required for entry to the property.

Fees for the remainder of the 2023 season are sponsored by NSHC.

All visitors must still check-in and complete the liability waiver and permit.



Quyanna to Norton Sound Health Corporation for promotion wellness of mind, body, and spirit.

*There is no entry charge for visitors to the cemetery only. 
For overnight guests, or helicopter charter guests the permit is included in your booking.


Pilgrim Hot Springs is open from July 3 - September 22 this year!
We are closed on Tuesdays. If you have any questions, please contact pilgrim@kawerak.orgKeep an eye on our social media or website for announcements.

For more information, please contact:

Kawerak, Inc.

Monday-Friday 9am-4pm*


Here is more information to help you with your visit:

Parking & Walking in (Summer Season): When you get to the end of the 7-mile entrance road, you can park before the lower gate, between the “guest parking” area signs. There is an outhouse here by the parking area, as well as inside the gate near the main bathing pool. There are no motorized vehicles allowed beyond the parking area, except authorized staff vehicles, overnight guests who are unloading supplies, or pre-authorized requests. You may request to drive into the property if you or your guests need accessible accommodations. Please reach out to us in ADVANCE.

Biking or Walking in (Summer Season): Non-motorized vehicles are allowed onto the property, you may ride your bike all the way in through the inner entrance gate and on our interior trails. Please use caution & respect the flow of traffic.


It is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the parking area to the hot springs pool. Please be prepared to pack your belongings (backpacks are great) & be cautious of wildlife. Bikes, strollers, and wagons are allowed - just no unauthorized motorized vehicles. If you have someone in your party that cannot walk and needs assistance, the caretakers may be able to provide a ride via ATV if you are able to find them on the property. However, this option is not always available, so plan accordingly!


Arriving via helicopter, dog sled, snow machine, skis, fat bikes, or snowshoes (Winter Use): Winter use requires a valid access permit for all parties, and is AT YOUR OWN RISK. There are no marked trails leading into or out of Pilgrim Hot Springs. We recommend traveling in a group, with a local guide or someone familiar with the area, and to always let someone know where you are going and when you should be back. The temperature of the hot springs pool cannot be guaranteed during the winter months. Unaatuq staff checks the pool as often as possible, but it is not maintained daily during the winter season and is affected by temperatures, snow melt, wind, and natural fluctuations in the geothermal well. If you are concerned about the pool temperature, please reach out to the co-managers via telephone (listed above) or email  

As a reminder to all guests:

  • The upper entrance gate is locked during the winter off-season. The gate will be unlocked starting mid-June.

  • Your visitors pass and permit lists all of the rules for Unaatuq, LLC and your responsibilities as a guest on our property.

  • If you pay in advance for your visit, please print your confirmation letter or save it to your phone to show the onsite caretakers.

  • Please practice social distancing on site and take turns in the bathing pool if other parties are present.

  • Please use provided trash & recycling receptacles, or pack your trash up and take it away with you.

  • Dogs are allowed, however please have them on a leash, and DO NOT let them enter the bathing pools.

  • Dog tie-out poles are provided.

  • Please clean up after your dog.

  • Overnight camping is only allowed in designated areas, for paying guests. More information about lodging here.

  • There is a full-time caretaker on site during the summer season, and you should check-in with them when you arrive.

  • There are no staff members at the property during the off-season.

More questions? Email



Respect the Land

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As shown in the map, all land bordering Unaatuq, LLC (Pilgrim Hot Springs), and a majority of the surrounding land is property of Mary's Igloo Native Corporation.

If you would like to hike or explore outside our borders, or are interested in crossing into Pilgrim Hot Springs from the river, or anywhere other than the access road, please contact MINC to purchase a permit.

Mary's Igloo Native Corporation Office: 907-642-2308

Email MINC here

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