Delayed Opening of Kennecott Visitor Center
Due to lingering snow conditions and frozen water supply lines, the park has postponed the opening of the Kennecott Visitor Center until June 1. Even though the visitor center is closed, Kennecott MInes NHL and local businesses are open. More »
Backcountry Airstrips and Cabins
There are three improved airstrips in Wrangell-St. Elias. One, located at McCarthy, is maintained by the State of Alaska. The other two, at May Creek and Chisana, are maintained by the park. Public airport facilities are also located near the park at Gulkana and Chitina. For more information about the improved airstrips in the park, click on the links below.
There are unimproved strips, requiring requisite pilot skill, at numerous locations throughout the park, many adjacent to public use cabins. These locations include the following locations:
Chelle Lake, Glacier Creek, Hubert's Landing, Jake's Bar, Orange Hill, and Peavine. Please contact the park Operations Center and Hangar at (907) 822-7425 for detailed information on specific landing areas.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
30x33" poster sized publication highlighting the park's most accessible and popular backcountry airstrips and public-use cabins, including McCarthy, May Creek, Chisana, Glacier Creek, Jake's Bar, and Peavine Bar. Helpful information on the airstrips and many photographs.
Click Here for the poster (PDF format, 2.8 MB).
Click Here for map of all backcountry cabins & airstrips (PDF).
Did You Know?
Battling snowstorms during most of her 33-day climb, team leader Dora Keen, along with team member George Handy, was the first to summit 16,390’ Mt. Blackburn. A famous 1912 Saturday Evening Post article, entitled “First Up Mount Blackburn”, was written by Keen shortly following her amazing feat.