• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Things To Do

Schedule of Events

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Schedule of Events


You've come a long way to get here and have finally arrived at your destination: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. But now what? How do you spend your time? This area offers endless opportunities to explore and discover. Here are some suggestions to consider:

One Day
Begin your park adventure by heading to the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center in Copper Center. This facility is located along the Richardson Highway at mile 106.8 (12 miles south of Glennallen). View the park movie in the theater, enjoy the exhibits, stroll two nature trails to view the Wrangell Mountains and the Copper River, check out the bookstore, and get oriented with the large 3-D interactive map display. Park rangers are on duty to help you discover the park and surrounding area.

Stop by the main park visitor center to begin your discovery of Wrangell-St. Elias
Stop by the main park visitor center, located near Copper Center, to begin your discovery of Wrangell-St. Elias.

For spectacular views, drive the Edgerton Highway to the historic town of Chitina, located about an hour from the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center. Along the way, stretch your legs on the Tonsina River Trail or Liberty Falls Trail. Once in Chitina, stop at the Chitina Ranger Station to talk with a park ranger. After exploring Chitina, drive over the bridge to the Copper River where in summer you can watch busy Alaskans harvesting salmon with fishwheels and dipnets.

Enjoying roadside views of the park

Three Days
With more time to spend, you can explore the roads more thoroughly and still have time for some hiking. The Nabesna Road will take you to remote corners of the park with camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing opportunities. The McCarthy Road allows for leisurely explorations of a rural Alaskan town and the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark. There are several hiking trails that lead from Kennecott, including trails to the Root Glacier, Bonanza Mine, and Jumbo Mine sites. Join a local guide/outfitter service for glacier hikes, walking tours, float trips, and flightseeing excursions.

View of the Kennicott Glacier, Root Glacier, and High Wrangell Mountains
G. Herben

One Week
With a week or more to spend, the more of the park is open to you. You will have time to enjoy all of the above, but also to visit more remote locations. The backcountry of Wrangell-St. Elias offers excellent wilderness experiences. A flightseeing trip from Glennallen, Chitina, Nabesna, or McCarthy can transport you into the heart of the park. Hiking and camping possibilities are virtually endless. Stop by any park visitor center to discuss potential trips with a park ranger.

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