• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • 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.

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Alpenglow on the Wrangells by George Herben
Alpenglow illuminates the Wrangell Mountains
George Herben

The park is home to the Boreal forest which is one of the largest ecosystems in the world. Covering about 13 percent of world, mostly in the northern climates, this ecosystem consists of a mixed spruce, aspen and balsam poplar forest composition with muskeg and tussocks. The ecosystem is influenced by the geologic processes that created the park.

Powerful geologic forces driving the collision of crustal plates created the dramatic landscape of this park. These powerful forces continue to be countered by the eroding power of flowing rivers and massive glaciers...literally, rivers of ice.

The geological history of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve began over 200 million years ago. Much of the geological evidence lies undiscovered, buried under thick ice fields or blankets of volcanic ash. Rivers here have both exposed and carried away clues to the region's ancient history.

Did You Know?

Fleeting sun

Talk about extremes! In Barrow, Alaska, the sun rises on May 10 and doesn’t set again until August 2. On November 18, the sun slips below the horizon and isn’t seen again until January 24.