Delayed Opening of Kennecott Visitor Center
Due to lingering snow conditions and frozen water supply lines, the park has postponed the opening of the Kennecott Visitor Center until June 1. Even though the visitor center is closed, Kennecott MInes NHL and local businesses are open. More »
Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness
"Long before recorded history, the human experience was conceived in and born of wilderness. In the deepest recesses of our hearts resonates a longing to reach out and once again grasp those primal areas. It is reassuring to know that the experience is available in those places of truly majestic wilderness - places like Wrangell-St. Elias."
A Vast Wilderness
Wilderness versus Land Use- A Delicate Balancing Act
Wilderness areas preserve the primeval character and pristine nature of wild spaces. They offer outstanding opportunities for solitude, recreation, and unconfined exploration. With the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) in 1980, a new vision of wildness and wilderness was established where humans are viewed not as separate from nature but rather a part of it. The vision also prescribes that park and preserve protection are not meant exclusively for natural and cultural resources - it also extends to people, their lifestyles and intangible associations with the land.
Many Alaskans depend on wilderness lands for their livelihood. Recognizing these special needs, ANILCA established regulations for wilderness areas that are different than those found outside of Alaska. ANILCA permits the use of airplanes, all-terrain vehicles, snow machines, and motorboats for access. It allows cabin use and camps within wilderness areas. Most importantly, subsistence activities such as hunting and fishing are part of the Alaskan wilderness experience allowed by ANILCA.
Because of the immense size and rugged terrain of the park, these regulations have little impact on the visitor's wilderness experience. Opportunities abound for visitors seeking adventure in a remote and challenging setting. Remember to plan ahead and be prepared before exploring this vast and remote area.
Did You Know?
Each winter, the Copper River Basin is one of the coldest parts of Alaska. Temperatures may remain below freezing for up to 5 months. More...