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?
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.