Wrangell St Elias Visitor Center Moves to Winter Hours
Copper Center, Alaska -Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Headquarters' Visitor Center has moved to winter hours, October 1 through May 24, and is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm (as staffing permits) and closed on all Federal holidays. The exhibit hall and theater are closed for the winter. Limited public restrooms are available inside the visitor center. If you need assistance when the visitor center is not staffed, please go to the park administration building located behind the visitor center and a staff member will be happy to assist you.
The Alaska Geographic bookstore will be closed October 22 through January 7, 2013 due to a staffing shortage. Please plan ahead to make purchases before or after these dates.
The Chitina Ranger Station, Kennecott Visitor Center, and the Slana Ranger Station are closed for the winter. For questions about the park and winter cabin rentals, please contact park headquarters at (907) 822-5234.
Did You Know?
The name “Chitina”, meaning “copper river” in the Ahtna tongue, has
undergone quite an evolution. In 1870, William Dall, USGS, spelled
it “Chechitno” and “Chetchitno”. In 1885, explorer Henry T. Allen used
the term “Chittyna”.