• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Operating Hours & Seasons

Schedule of Events at Wrangell-St. Elias

What's Going On?
Schedule of Park Events

 

When to visit

The primary season for visiting Wrangell-St. Elias is early June through mid-September. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve has no entrance stations or gates, and never actually closes. However, winter arrives early to interior Alaska and by September 15th, available services and facilities are few.

Park Roads: There are two roads that go into the park - the Nabesna Road and the McCarthy Road. Both roads are maintained by the State of Alaska. The roads are open year-round but may not be maintained regularly during the winter.

Park Headquarters & Administration: The park administration building in Copper Center is open Monday-Friday, year-round from 8:00am - 4:30pm. We are closed on weekends and federal holidays.

Visitor Centers: We have multiple visitor centers and ranger stations in the park. Please click on the links for specific days and hours that the visitor centers are open.

 
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center

Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center

Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, Copper Center
(907) 822-7250
Open April 1 - October 31, hours vary.
Click here for more information and hours of operation.

 

 
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Kennecott Visitor Center

Kennecott Mill Town, located 3 hours from Park Headquarters at the end of the McCarthy Road.
(907) 554-1105
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, hours vary.
Click here for more information and hours of operation. 

 

 
The Slana Ranger Station is located at the beginning of the Nabesna Road.

Slana Ranger Station

Mile 0.5 Nabesna Road, located 2 hours from Park Headquarters.
(907) 822-7401
Open April - September, hours vary.
Click here for more information and hours of operation.

 

 
The Chitina Ranger Station is located within an historic log cabin.

Chitina Ranger Station

Chitina, AK, located 1 hour from Park Headquarters.
(907) 823-2205
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, hours vary.
Click here for more information and hours of operation.

 

 
The McCarthy Road Information Station is located at the end (mile 59) of the McCarthy Road.

McCarthy Road Information Station

Mile 59 McCarthy Road, located at the end of the McCarthy Road.
Self-Service Kiosk. There is no staff stationed here but there is a phone that connects to the Kennecott Visitor Center.
Maintained Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Click here for more information. 

 

 
Yakutat Airport Hangar

Yakutat District Office

Yakutat, AK, accessible only by boat or plane.
(907) 784-3295 or (907) 784-3403
The NPS visitor center in Yakutat has closed. Until a new location is found, very limited visitor services are available at the Wrangell-St. Elias hangar in the Yakutat Airport.
Click here for more information.

Did You Know?

Shrew

Some species of shrews, the smallest of all mammals, weigh as little as 5/100 ounce, or half the weight of a penny.