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North Cascades National Park AiR

April 15, 2014


Artists and those who appreciate artistic expressions are welcome to become part of this tradition. Groups and individuals are invited to discover and interpret this landscape through the eyes and ears of others and their own projects. The goal of the program is to allow artists help frame and interpret the history and landscape of the North Cascades for those who visit now, those who come later, and those who will only know this place through art.


The jagged mountains of the North Cascades divide the park into a wet west and a dry east: Skagit and Stehekin. Their landscapes vary in natural features, remoteness, and park community but, for the past decade, both have welcomed and inspired visiting artists.

The Stehekin community is in a small, remote valley in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, part of North Cascades National Park Complex. This narrow valley lies in rugged mountains east of the Cascade crest. You can’t drive to Stehekin. Travel is by foot, floatplane or passenger boat.

Cascading waterfalls, lush evergreen forests, large lakes, and alpine meadows all characterize the Skagit District. Highway 20, which bisects the park, provides access to both Ross Lake Recreation Area and North Cascades National Park. Artists are able to take advantage of numerous recreational opportunities– including camping, boating, and hiking–and can explore the park on their own or with National Park Service employees.


Spring – January 15
Fall – June 15



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