Headquarter's Visitor Center Switching to Winter Hours on Sept. 20th
Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be switching to winter hours starting September 20th. The new hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Geologic Map of Wrangell-St. Elias
Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest national park within the U.S. National Park Service system, extends from the northern Pacific Ocean to beyond the eastern Alaska Range into interior Alaska. It features impressively spectacular scenery such as high and craggy mountains, active and ancient volcanoes, expansive ice fields, immense tidewater glaciers, and a myriad of alpine glaciers.
The region boasts a rich mining and exploration history prior to becoming a park in 1980. Several U.S. Geological Survey geologists have conducted reconnaissance surveys in the area since 1900. This map is the result of their work and is enhanced by more detailed investigations, which began in the late 1950s and are still continuing.
For more information about the processes that have shaped the geology of the park and a history of the geologic investigations, be sure to also check out the park's Geologic Guide.
Geologic Map of Wrangell-St. Elias NEW!
Accompanying Pamphlet for Map
14-page booklet with legend and description of the various geological formations depicted on the map. 3mb PDF
Did You Know?
The 300-mile long Copper River, with an average fall of 12 feet per mile and average current of 7 MPH, is estimated to discharge 61,000 cubic feet of water per second during the summer months.