• 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.

Abandoned Mines

Abandoned Mines are present throughout Wrangell-St. Elias

Since 1900, there has been extensive mineral exploration and development within the Wrangell-St. Elias / Chugach Mountains area. Numerous abandoned and inactive mineral properties are scattered throughout the park and preserve. Hazards exist at these sites. Visitors should use extreme caution and avoid abandoned mineral properties. Explosives, mine openings, unsafe structures and toxic chemicals may be present. Many inactive mineral sites are privately owned. Please check the land status before planning a trip.

  • Explosives: This material may not be marked or identifiable and can be extremely dangerous. Do not touch!
  • Chemicals: A variety of chemicals were used in the processing of ore and related mining activities, many of which are caustic, explosive or toxic. Do not attempt to identify the contents!
  • Mine openings: There are hundreds of exploratory and production mine tunnels and shafts throughout the park and preserve. Many may be overgrown with brush or covered with old wood or rock. These mine openings are old, unmaintained and extremely dangerous, and may be without breathable air. Do not enter or attempt to go underground!

If explosives, chemicals or mine openings are discovered, leave the site immediately and report the location to a park ranger.

Did You Know?

Mount St. Elias

Danish explorer Vitus Bering, sailing for Russia in 1741, named the majestic St. Elias mountains, including towering Mt. St. Elias (18,008’), for St. Elias, on whose Feast Day (July 20) he made the sighting.