One of the best ways to experience the beauty and tremendous size of this park is from above! Fly past massive peaks, over jagged glaciers, and endless expanses of wild Alaska! There is a variety of air services available to visitors, including flightseeing excursions and air taxies for backcountry dropoffs for wilderness campers and backpackers. A wide variety of tours, trips, and itineraries are available.

Aviation Safety


There are three improved airstrips in Wrangell-St. Elias. One, located at McCarthy, is maintained by the State of Alaska. The other two, at May Creek and Chisana, are maintained by the park. Public airport facilities are also located near the park at Gulkana and Chitina. For more information about the improved airstrips in the park, click on the links below.

McCarthy Airstrip (pdf format 472 KB)

May Creek Airstrip (pdf format 528 KB)

Chisana Airstrip (pdf format 565 KB)

View from a bush plane window overlooking the Black Hills, a braided river, and the snow capped mountains beyond.
Flight over the Black Hills in the northern area of Wrangell-St. Elias

NPS Photo - Matthew Yarbrough

Please contact the park Operations Center and Hangar at (907) 822-7425 for detailed information on specific landing areas.

Last updated: July 13, 2020

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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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