• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Frequently Asked Questions

How and why was Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve made?

What is ANILCA?

What is the difference between National Park and Preserve?

Where did the park get its name?

What makes Wrangell-St. Elias so special?

How do I get to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve? How do I
get to Kennecott?

What is the McCarthy Road and the Nabesna Road like? Can I drive my
rental car on park roads?

Is the park open year round? When is the best time to visit?

Where can I go hiking in the park?

How do I plan a backpacking trip into the park?

Where can I get Bear Resistant Food Containers?

Can I go fishing in the park?

Can I go sport hunting in the park?

What is subsistence hunting/fishing?

Are firearms allowed in Wrangell-St. Elias?

Can I use my personal ATV, snowmobile/snowmachine, airplane, helicopter, or
motorboat in the park?

Are there airstrips in the park where I can land my own plane?

Where can I find out about hiring a guide or air taxi?

Where do I find out about lodging and camping in the park?

Do you have any public use cabins that I can use in the park?

Does Wrangell-St. Elias have a junior ranger program?

Are park ranger programs available at the park?

Are tours of Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark available?

How do I get a job at the park?

How do I volunteer or get an internship at the park?

What types of animals might I see in the park?

Does Wrangell-St. Elias contain any coastline?

Where does the Copper River begin and end?

The Copper River begins on Mount Wrangell at the terminus of the Copper Glacier and flows approximately 280 miles to its mouth at the Copper River Delta near Cordova.

Are dogs allowed on trails in the park?

Dogs are allowed on trails within the park. It is the owner's responsibility to maintain control over the dogs. Keep in mind that a dog running loose might bring an unwanted surprise, in the form of abearor even amoose, back to the master. Dogs are also allowed in the backcountry.

Will we see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)?

An auroral display might be observed from dusk until dawn as long as it is dark, which excludes Alaskan summer nights. The best time to view them is between midnight and 2 am, from September - April.

Can I collect rock and fossil specimens and pan for gold in the park?

Recreational (non-commercial) surface collection by hand of rocks and minerals (except silver, platinum, gemstones, and fossils) is permitted. Collection methods that may result in disturbance of ground surface, such as pickaxes, sluice boxes, shovels, and dredges, are prohibited. Use of metal detectors is illegal.

If I find antlers or horns while hiking in Wrangell-St. Elias, can I keep them?

No, removal of skulls, antlers, and horns is prohibited.

I want to walk on a glacier! How difficult is it to access a glacier in the park?

Not too difficult! Of the 5,000 square miles of glacial ice in Wrangell-St. Elias, the Root Glacier is the most accessible. A modeage 1 ½ mile walk from the historic mining town of Kennecott along the Root Glacier Trail leads you onto the glacier.

When did Mt. Wrangell last erupt?

Eruptive activity has been noted in Mt. Wrangell in 1784, 1884-5, and 1900. Mt. Wrangell is still an active volcano. On clear, cold, and calm days, steam plumes are often visible.

Frequently Asked Questions Pages:

Fishing FAQs

Backpacking FAQs

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