Backcountry Area and Cabins

Map showing backcountry area in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Most of the park is backcountry where visitor services are very few.

Backcountry Area and Cabins

Wrangell-St. Elias is mostly backcountry. It includes the Nutzotin, St. Elias, and Chugach Mountains; the high peaks of the Wrangell Mountains; and the Chitina, Chisana, and White Rivers and their tributaries. Visitor services include backcountry cabins and some lodges, but very little else. This is a place where a "primitive type of recreation" is experienced. Follow the below links to discover how to safely visit it:

One image of glacier with stripes of colored rock. One image of alpine lake surrounded by barren, colorful rock.

Plan Your Visit

Things To Do

Natural Features

  • Chugach Mountains
  • Mt. St. Elias
  • Mt. Bona and Mt. Churchill
  • Bagley Icefield
  • Chitina River
  • White River
  • Teabay Lakes


Last updated: May 23, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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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