Federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal and Alaska state law, to legally possess firearms within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Under federal law, the use or discharge of a firearm is permitted by applicable provisions of 36 CFR Section 2.4(a)(2)(ii) and 36 CFR Section 13.30.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable Alaska state and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit:

State of Alaska firearms laws

State of Alaska Statutes

Applicable federal firearms laws

Contact us with questions about firearms by calling (907) 822-5234 or e-mail us.

No Firearms Sign
This sign is displayed at the entrance of federal buildings where firearms are prohibited.

With the exception of public use cabins, possession of firearms is prohibited in Federally owned or leased buildings. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain federal facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. If you are carrying a weapon, please leave it in your vehicle or make other arrangements. Do not bring it inside federal buildings.

The possession of firearms in the following federal facilities is prohibited:

  • All National Park Service offices and administrative buildings
  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center, Exhibit Hall, and Theater in Copper Center
  • Slana Ranger Station
  • Chitina Ranger Station
  • Kennecott Visitor Center
  • McCarthy Road Information Station
  • Gulkana Operations Center
  • Yakutat Operations Center
  • Glennallen Maintenance Yard

13.25(c) Designated campgrounds: restrictions, terms, and conditions.

Discharging a firearm is prohibited May 1 through September 30 in the Kendesnii Campground and in the Jumbo Creek Campground unless required for defense of life and property.

Kendesnii Campground is defined as the designated land beginning at approximately mile 28.3 on Nabesna Road, following an eastern direction on the Nabesna Road to mile 28.5 (at private property boundary), then south approximately 1000 feet (along private property boundary), then west 600 feet to Twin Lake and following north along the shoreline of lake, extending north from the Peninsula of the lake -at the edge of the campground, north to Nabesna Road at mile 28.3. The total acreage for Kendesnii Campground is at approximately 19 acres. Campground entrance from Nabesna Road located at N 62°31’49.37’’ W 143° 15’ 29.47” (DMS NAD83 Alaska Albers). This area defined is within the park.

Jumbo Creek Campground in the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark is defined as the designated land bounded on the south by Jumbo Creek, on the west by Kennicott Glacier, on the north by Amazon Creek/Gulch, and on the east by the 2150’ elevation contour. The total acreage for Jumbo Creek Campground is approximately 50 acres. Campground access is from the Root Glacier Trail where it crosses Jumbo Creek at 61 deg 30 min 11.378 sec N latitude, 142 deg 53 min 49.978 sec W longitude. This area is located within the preserve.

13.1910 Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark and developed areas: closures and restrictions.

Discharging a firearm on federal lands from May 1 through September 30 within the Kennecott mill site as defined in 13.1904(d) is prohibited unless required for defense of life or property.

Last updated: November 22, 2022

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
PO Box 439
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway

Copper Center , AK 99573


907 822-5234

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