Shamrock Mining Plan of Operations and Environmental Assessment Released for Public Review/Comment
The Park has released for public review the Shamrock Mining Plan of Operations and Environmental Assessment. The EA is available for public review and comment for one month. All comments must be submitted by July 3, 2013. More »
Chisana River Fire Grows, Impacts the Copper River Valley
Smoke from the Chisana River Fire impacted the Copper River basin on the evening of July 18. Because the fire continues to grow anticipate varying levels of smoke impacting the area. The fire grew from 7,718 acres on June 17 to 25,566 acres. More »
Plan Your Visit
At over 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest unit in the National Park System. Here, you have an opportunity to experience wilderness on a scale above and beyond anything you may be used to. Mountains loom larger than life, massive glaciers redefine your sense of scale, ice-fed rivers rage to the sea, and entire, intact ecosystems function as they have for millennia.
Far from the hustle and bustle of other Alaskan destinations, the magnificent scenery and untamed nature of this park allow you to experience genuine "Wild Alaska" on its own terms. Your possibilities here are endless. Whether immersing yourself in the colorful history of Kennecott, floating a raging river, crossing a glacier, driving one of the park's primitive roads, overwhelming your senses on a scenic flight, or charting your own backcountry trek, the park is ready for those willing and prepared to enter it.
Access and services here may seem very limited when compared to traditional National Parks you may have visited "down below." What the area may lack in services, it more than makes up for in friendly people and un-crowded wilderness. With some effort and careful planning, you will find that your first visit here may mark the beginning of a lifetime of exploration.
As you plan your trip, please remember and apply the Leave No Trace principles.
Did You Know?
The Malaspina Glacier, larger than Rhode Island, was named in 1874 for Capt. Alejandro Malaspina, an Italian navigator who, in service to Spain, explored the northwest coast of North America in 1791.