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 few. There is usually snow on the ground by the end of September. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve has no entrance stations or gates, and never actually closes. (Please note: the park does not close, but the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center closes and locks its parking lot gates each night when it closes for the day.)
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:
Copper Center Visitor Center Complex (with the Ahtna Cultural Center)
Slana Ranger Station
Chitina Ranger Station
McCarthy Road Information Station
Kennecott Visitor Center
Yakutat District Office
All of our visitor centers are open during the summer, but each of them have different operating hours.
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.