Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center to close for the winter on Nov. 1st.
Wrangell-St. Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be closed for the winter starting November 1. The visitor center will re-open on April 1, 2015.
ATV/ORV permits are REQUIRED for all RECREATIONAL users.
Off Road Vehicle (ORV) permits are required for all recreational ORV users. A recreational ORV user is anyone who wants to use an ORV to access the park or preserve for recreational activities including sport hunting, and who is not a federally qualified subsistence user. If a non-local resident wants to engage in sport hunting with an ORV, they must obtain a recreational ORV permit. Permits are free of charge. ORV permits are available through the Slana Ranger Station (8am-5pm) and the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center in Copper Center (9am-5pm).
Recreational ORV permits are required for the following trails:
Trail Creek Trail
Please note that the old access to the Soda Lake Trail at 1.7 miles up the Lost Creek Trail is now closed to all ORV use. The new re-route starts at 3.9 miles up the Lost Creek Trail and is open to ORV use.
Recreational ORV permits are not available for the following trails:
Copper Lake Trail
Nabesna Road ORV Trail Closures
Subsistence ORV Users – we ask that they fill out a permit, but it is not required. Qualified, local, rural residents may use ORVs to engage in subsistence activities on park, preserve, and wilderness lands within Wrangell-St. Elias. Subsistence ORV users are encouraged to stay on existing trails in order to minimize off-trail impacts.
ATV Permits are issued to document the type and amount of use on trails, identify the location of users in the event of an emergency, and to ensure users are aware of the restrictions governing the use of ATVs on park lands.
Commencing in 2004, park staff have initiated a GPS-based inventory of alignments, and detailed physical characteristics of the established ATV trails. The resulting data will be utilized by park staff to manage ATV use on park lands.
Did You Know?
The oldest road in Alaska, the Richardson Highway, evolved from a 5-foot wide pack route called the Valdez Trail. This route, initiated in 1898, served as the only land access to Interior Alaska until completion of the Alaska Highway in 1942.