• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

What's So Special About This Place?

Preeminent Mountain Wilderness
Incredible. You must see Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to believe it. Number and scale loom large here, magnified by splendid isolation. The largest U.S. national park, it equals six Yellowstones, with peaks upon peaks and glaciers after glaciers. Follow any braided river or stream to its source and you will find either a receding, advancing, or tidewater glacier. The park lets you sample representative Alaska wildlife as well as historic mining sites. Hike its mountains, float its rivers, ski its glaciers, or fly over this landscape and you witness living geology. You sense discovery, the feeling you might be the first to see such sights.

 
Mount Drum
Mount Drum, 12,010', an extinct volcano, as seen from the park visitor center.
Neil Hannan
 

The peaks’ sheer numbers quickly quell your urge to learn their names. Just settle back and appreciate their beauty, mass, and rugged grandeur. That roads are few means many travelers will not enter the park itself, but major peaks – Blackburn, Sanford, Drum, and Wrangell – are seen from nearby highways. Or position yourself in one spot and watch sun, clouds, and storms play hide and seek with single peaks or ridges. Watch moods change by the minute here. Four major mountain ranges meet in the park, which includes nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States. The Wrangells huddle in the northern interior. The Chugach guard the southern coast. The Saint Elias Mountains rise abruptly from the Gulf of Alaska to thrust northward past the Chugach on toward the Wrangells. The eastern end of the Alaska Range-mapped as the Nutzotin and Mentasta mountains-forms part of the preserve’s northern boundary.

 

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Did You Know?

Majestic Mt. Drum

Mt. Drum, a volcano located in the Wrangell Volcanic Field, was named by Lt. Henry Allen in 1885 for Adj. General Richard Drum.