Copper Center Visitor Center

The Copper Center Visitor Center and Park Headquarters are located at mile 106 along the Richardson Highway (10 miles south of Glennallen, AK).
Copper Center Visitor Center

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Copper Center Visitor Center Complex

Located 10 miles south from the intersection of the Glenn Highway and the Richardson Highway, the Copper Center Visitor Center Complex is the place to start your visit to the park. The campus-like setting includes: a visitor center, a bookstore, an exhibit hall, a theater, restrooms, picnic tables and a picnic shelter, an amphitheater, the Ahtna Cultural Center, scenic overlooks and short hiking trails. Also, the park administration and business offices are located nearby.

Visitor Center Building

(907) 822-7250
Enjoy the exhibits, shop in the bookstore, gather park and area information, conduct backcountry trip planning, and view the large 3-D interactive map display. Park rangers provide guided talks and walks daily during the summer months. Subsistence fishing and hunting permits are also available. The park film is played in the Theater building. Information about the trails that depart from the visitor center can be found on the Copper Center Area Trails webpage.

Hours of Operation

mid-May - September:
Open Daily 9:00am - 6:00pm

early - mid May:
Open Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm, as staffing permits. Closed on federal holidays. Call park headquarters at (907) 822-5234 to confirm visitor center hours.

October to April:
Closed. If you need assistance, please call park headquarters at (907) 822-5234.

Please call for exact dates since they can fluctuate each season. The visitor

center gate is locked at closing time (Summer 6:00 pm). No overnight parking is permitted.

Ahtna Cultural Center
Ahtna Cultural Center

Ahtna Cultural Center
C'ek'aedi Hwnax 'Legacy House'

Located next to the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center
(907) 822-3535
Open in Summer, hours vary

The cultural center is operated by the Ahtna Heritage Foundation. There are exhibits, a hand-built fish wheel on display, and museum staff available to answer questions. Please visit the Ahtna Heritage Foundation website for more information.

Last updated: May 29, 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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