When to Visit?
The primary season for visiting Wrangell-St. Elias is early June through mid-September. Winter arrives early to interior Alaska and by September 15th, available services and facilities are limited. There is usually snow on the ground by the end of September.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve has no entrance stations and public lands are open year-round. Please note: When visitor centers close for the day, entrance and parking lot gates are locked. If your vehicle is within locked gates after operating hours, call Alaska Region Communication Center (ARCC) Available 24 hours daily - (907) 683-9555 to dispatch a ranger for assistance.
Call 911 for an emergency.
There are two roads that go into the park - the Nabesna Road and the McCarthy Road. Both roads are maintained by the State of Alaska. The roads are open year-round but are not maintained regularly during the winter.
We have multiple Visitor Centers and Ranger Stations in the park. Before visiting, call for hours and operations, in case services are limited. (907) 822-5234.
Copper Center Visitor Center Complex (Mile 106.8 Richardson Hwy, includes the Ahtna Cultural Center)
Slana Ranger Station (beginning of Nabesna Road)
Chitina Ranger Station (beginning of McCarthy Road)
McCarthy Road Information Station (unstaffed, mile 58.6)
Kennecott Visitor Center (5 miles beyond the river footbridge at the end of McCarthy Road)
Yakutat District Office (along the coast, accessible by plane or boat)
Park Headquarters & Administration: The park administration building in Copper Center is open Monday-Friday, year-round from 9:00am - 4:00pm. We are closed on weekends and federal holidays. If the entrance gate is locked during business hours, call for an appointment at (907) 822-5234.