Headquarter's Visitor Center Switching to Winter Hours on Sept. 20th
Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be switching to winter hours starting September 20th. The new hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Wrangell-St Elias Visitor Center
Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center
Exhibits, park film, nature trails, ranger programs, bookstore, park & area information, backcountry trip planning, subsistence permits.
November 1 - March 31: Closed. If you need assistance, please call park headquarters at (907) 822-5234.
April 1 - Mid May: Open Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm, as staffing permits. Closed on federal holidays.
Please call us for exact dates that we switch hours, as each season the dates can fluctuate. Please note that the visitor center gate is locked at closing time. No overnight parking is permitted.
The Headquarters and Visitor Center provides information about the entire park in addition to the administration and management facilities. This beautiful, brand new facility is located along the Richardson Highway at mile 106 (between Glennallen and Copper Center). View the park movie in the new theater, enjoy the exhibits, stroll the short nature trail to a spectacular view of the Wrangell Mountains, check out the bookstore, meet a park ranger, and get oriented with the large 3-D interactive map display. Park rangers provide guided talks and walks daily during the summer months. Subsistence fishing and hunt permits are also available.
Services available in nearby Copper Center include a post office, lodging, gas station, food store, tire repair, and telephone.
Did You Know?
You can stroll along an original section of the Valdez Trail, an historic pack route to Interior Alaska, at the Wrangell-St. Elias visitor center at Copper Center.