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    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

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  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center Switching to Fall Hours on Sept. 20th

    Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, is on fall hours starting September 20th. The fall hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm, closed on federal holidays.

ORV Trails

ATV/ORV permits are REQUIRED for all RECREATIONAL users.
ATV/ORV use is restricted to established ATV trails.

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
Lost Creek Trail
Soda Lake Trail
Caribou Creek Trail (currently closed to recreational ORVs until repaired)
Reeve's Field Trail (currently closed to recreational ORVs until repaired)
Suslota Lake Trail (currently closed to recreational ORVs until repaired)
Nugget 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
Tanada Lake Trail
Boomerang Lake Trail
Kotsina Trail – This trail is an easement that runs through private land. Because we don't have authority over the easement, we do not issue recreational ORV permits for this trail. Once the trail reaches NPS-owned land, it continues into designated wilderness. All recreational ORV users must park their vehicle at this boundary and continue on foot. Recreational ORV use and sport hunting is prohibited on NPS-owned lands accessed from the Kotsina Trail.

Nabesna Road ORV Trail Closures
Heavy impact on terrain/vegetation

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was established under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) in December 1980. In abidance with ANILCA, Wrangell-St. Elias provides reasonable and feasible access to inholders, subsistence, and recreational users in the park. The most common means of access is by ATV or all-terrain vehicle.

ATV/ORV permits are ENCOURAGED but not required for all SUBSISTENCE users.
Subsistence users are those individuals who reside within a local resident zone community surrounding the park.

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.

To receive a permit, apply in person at the Slana Ranger Station (from 8am-5pm) or the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center in Copper Center (from 9am-5pm).

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 5th highest mountain in Alaska

Mt. Blackburn, a 16,390’ peak in the Wrangell Mountains, was named by Lt. Henry T. Allen in 1885 for U.S. Senator Joseph Blackburn.