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Bethel is a city located near Alaska's west coast, about 350 miles west of Anchorage. The town is accessible only by air or the Kuskokwim River. It's a transportation hub for the 56 villages located in the region known as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Bethel is the largest city in western Alaska and the 9th largest city in the state. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,080. Bethel is also home to the Kuskokwim campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The town is surrounded by the 20-million acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Recreational activities in the area include skiing, snowmobiling (know locally as "snow machining,) salmon fishing and ice fishing, hiking, bicycling, birdwatching, hunting, and summertime berry picking for blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and salmonberries. The town of Bethel is known for the Kuskokwim 300, a popular and well-known annual dogsled race. Held each January since 1980, the dogsled race commemorates an early mail route that once tied the settlement to the outside world. Other special events held in Bethel include Camai, a traditional Yupik dance festival held each spring, and the Bethel Fair held in August. The Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel hosts a market twice monthly on Saturdays. Artisans and crafters from all over the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta come to sell their crafts, including traditional story knives, woven baskets, ulu knives and much more.

Bethel Vacation Rentals

Bethel Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bethel InnBethel, AK (907) 543-3204
Delta Cottages Inc124 Guinderson CT Pob 39Bethel, AK (907) 543-3610
Kuskokwim Hotel & City CafeBethel, AK (907) 543-2207
Long House Bethel Hotel751 3rd AveBethel, AK (907) 543-4612
Pacifica HouseBethel, AK (907) 543-4305
Village MotelBethel, AK (907) 543-2371
Bed & Breakfast
Bentley's Porter House B & B624 1st AveBethel, AK (907) 543-3552

Bethel Weather & Climate

Southwestern Alaska's climate is greatly influenced by the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. The climate is subarctic oceanic in the southwest and a continental subarctic climate farther north. Considering how far north this area is, the temperature is somewhat moderate. The precipitation in this area varies widely. For instance; the northern side of the Seward Peninsula receives less than 10 inches per year (making it technically a desert region,) while some other locations average around 100 inches. Summers are short and mild, winters are long and cold. There are frequent, strong winds, especially in the winter. The latitude in this region causes summer days to be very long and winter days to be very short.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 12°F 0°F 0.62 in. -
February 13°F 1°F 0.51 in. -
March 21°F 7°F 0.67 in. -
April 33°F 18°F 0.65 in. -
May 49°F 33°F 0.85 in. -
June 59°F 43°F 1.60 in. -
July 63°F 48°F 2.03 in. -
August 59°F 47°F 3.02 in. -
September 51°F 39°F 2.31 in. -
October 35°F 24°F 1.43 in. -
November 23°F 11°F 1.37 in. -
December 15°F 3°F 1.12 in. -

Bethel Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bethel airport (BET) located about 2 miles west of Bethel.

Bethel Attractions

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