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Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve

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The Chugach, Wrangell, and St. Elias mountain ranges converge here in what is often referred to as the 'mountain kingdom of North America.' The largest unit of the National Park System and a day's drive east of Anchorage, the park-preserve includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet. Mount St. Elias, at 18,008 feet, is the second highest peak in the United States.

Adjacent to Canada's Kluane National Park, the site is characterized by remote mountains, valleys, wild rivers, and a variety of wildlife.Proclaimed as Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument Dec. 1,1978; established as a national park and preserve Dec. 2, 1980. Wilderness designated Dec. 2, 1980. Designated a World Heritage Site Oct. 24,1979.

   

CONTACTS

Email - wrst_interpretation@nps.gov

Fax- 907-822-7216

Write to
105.5 Old Richardson Hwy.
PO Box 439
Copper Center, AK 99573

Phone
Headquarters Copper Center - 907 822 5234
Nabesna District Ranger Station - 907 822 5238
Chitina District Ranger Station - 907 823 2205
Yakutat Ranger Station - 907 784 3295

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
Winter: 8:00 through 4:30, Monday through Friday. Summer: 8:00 through 6:00, daily.

Getting There
PLANE - The most direct way by commercial plane is to fly into Anchorage, AK then by one of the air taxi to the Gulkana Airport in Glennallen,AK.

CAR - Two gravel roads enter the park; the McCarthy Road and Nabesna Road. Some car rental companies prohibit clients from accessing these roads.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - No public transportation.

Getting Around
Backcountry Connections, van service to McCarthy/Kennicott

FEES/PERMITS

Entrance Fee
SUBSISTENCE FISHING


Special Use Permits
ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES

ATV Permits are issued to document the type and amount of use on trails, identify the location of users in the event of an emergency, and to ensure users are aware of the restrictions governing the use of ATVs on park lands. ATV permits are REQUIRED for all RECREATIONAL users. Recreational users are individuals who do not reside within a local resident zone community surrounding the park.

SUBSISTENCE HUNTING

Sport hunting is ONLY allowed within the NATIONAL PRESERVE and must be conducted in accordance with state law. Subsistence hunting by local rural residents is authorized in both the park and preserve. A local rural resident is any person who has his/her primary home within the resident zone for the park as defined by federal regulation or has a subsistence permit issued by the superintendent. For further information on subsistence and eligibility, contact the park.

CAMPING

Glacier View Campground
Open From May to September
scenic and private campsites, mountain bike rentals, 1/2 mile west of Kennecott River bridge
For More Information on this campground please call 907 554 4490

Nabesna District camping areas
Open All Year
Camping is available at a number of roadside pullouts along Nabesna Road, some with picnic tables with vaulted toilets available at four locations. All available on a first come, first served basis. There are no formal NPS campgrounds at this time. Backcountry camping is available.
For More Information on this campground please call 907 822 5238

The Tramstation
Open From May to September
food, showers, bike rental
For More Information on this campground please call 907 554 4401

LODGING

17 Silk Stocking Row
Mid-May to Mid-September
historic Kennicott cottage, 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 bedroom downstairs, coffee, tea and cereal provided, located on hill above Kennicott
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 554 1717

Carol Ann Webb
Bed & Breakfast located in historic Chisana, Alaska. This lodging is not accessible by road. Fly-in only.
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 734 2675

End of the Road B&B
Open From May to September
Bed and breakfast at the end of Nabesna Road, Mile 42.
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 822 5312

Kennicott Cottage
Open From May to September
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 345 7961

Kennicott Glacier Lodge
Open From May to September
modern hotel, restaurant, showers, shared bath, located in Kennecott
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 582 5128

Kennicott River Lodge and Hostel
Open From May to September
bunk or bed w/ mattress, commons area, cooking area, private cabins available
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 554 4441

McCarthy Bed & Breakfast
Open From May to September
private or shared baths, cabins
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 554 4433

McCarthy Lodge
May to September
Renovated historic lodge, shared baths, restaurant
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 554 4402

Pioneer Outfitters
Open All Year
Bed & Breakfast located in historic Chisana, Alaska. Equipped to handle small and large groups. Not road accessible.
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 734 7433

Sportsmen's Paradise Lodge
Open All Year
Overnight accommodations, bar liquor store, snacks and showers.
For More Information on this lodging please call 907-240-2068 or 908-818-8120

Swift Creek Cabins
Open From May to September
private cabins, mile 57 McCarthy Road
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 554 4432

Wrangell R Ranch
Open From May to September
Bed & Breakfast located in historic Chisana, Alaska
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 734 7373

Wrangell St. Elias News B&B
Open From May to September
two miles from Kennicott River footbridge, two cabins
For More Information on this lodging please call 907 554 4454

FACILITIES

Ranger Stations
CHITINA RANGER STATION
Phone - 907 823 2205
Location - Mile 33 Edgerton Hwy., Chitina, AK
Closures - Closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day
Special Programs - 12 minute park orientation video, McCarthy Road video
Exhibits - Historic cabin

SLANA RANGER STATION
Open All Year
Phone - 907 822 5238
Location - Mile .5 Nabesna Road, Slana, AK
Exhibits - General park orientation, backcountry trip planning
Available Facilities - restrooms

YAKUTAT RANGER STATION
Open All Year
Phone - 907 784 3295
Location - Yakutat, AK

Visitor Centers
WRANGELL-ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE VISITOR CENTER
Open All Year
Phone - 907 822 5234
Location - Mile 105.5 Old Richardson Hwy.
Closures - Closed on all national holidays between but not including Labor Day and Memorial Day
Special Programs - 12 minute park orientation video
Exhibits - General park orientation and information
Available Facilities - restroom

Wilderness Information Centers
MCCARTHY KIOSK VISITOR CONTACT STATION
Location - Mile 60 McCarthy Road, McCarthy, AK
Closures - closed from Labor Day to Memorial Day

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve.
 Campgrounds Near Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve:
Paxson Lake, Glennallen, 10 miles away
Dry Creek Recreation Site, Glennallen, 10 miles away
Moose Horn RV Park, Glennallen, 12 miles away
Grizzly Lake Campground, Slana, 14 miles away
Squirrel Creek Campground, Valdez-Cordova County, 17 miles away
Klutina Salmon Charters and Campground, Copper Center, 18 miles away
Northern Nights Campground, Glennallen, 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve:
Aura Borealis Bed And Breakfas, Glennallen , 5 miles away
Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center , 36 miles away
 Trails Near Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve:
Klutina Lake Trail, Valdez-Cordova Borough , 12 miles away
 Whitewater Near Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve:
Copper River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough , 10 miles away, Class II - 77 miles long (Gulkana River to Chitina River)
Tonsina River, Near Copper Center Borough , 16 miles away, Class III-IV - 7 miles long (Richardson Highway crossing to Lower Tonsina)
Tsina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough , 22 miles away, Class III+ - 1.5 miles long (Richardson Highway to above Stuart Creek)
Tiekel River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough , 23 miles away, Class V+ - 16 miles long (Stuart Creek at Richardson Highway to Copper River)
Klutina River, Valdez-Cordova Census Area Borough , 24 miles away, Class III - 28 miles long (Klutina Lake to Richardson Highway Bridge at Copper Center)

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