Effective September 19, 2014, there are permanent rules that amend regulations that pertain to ORV use in Wrangell-St. Elias. You can access a complete list of these rules on the Off Road Vehicles laws and policies page.
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). During the winter, please come to the park administration offices at mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy to inquire about permits.
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
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 ORV or off-road vehicle.
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.