Quick Facts

Location:
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska
Significance:
The largest piedmont glacier in North America and one of the largest outside the ice cap regions of the world.
Designation:
National Natural Landmark
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
Malaspina Glacier, located primarily within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, is the largest piedmont glacier in North America and one of the largest outside the ice cap regions of the world. It provides classic examples of glacial mechanisms and fluctuations. This large body of ice has been noted by explorers concerned with navigation of the western coast of North America for more than two centuries. It was designated as a National Natural Landscape in 1968, and is 1,075,409 acres large.