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Wrangell - St Elias National Park

McCarthy, Kennicott, Wrangell Mountains, St. Elias, Glacier Flightseeing, Root Glacier, Kennecott Mine

Wrangell – St. Elias National Park is the largest unit of the National Park System. This Alaska National Park is home to the most peaks over 16,000 feet in North America, including the second tallest, Mount St. Elias. The tremendous area of land is extremely diverse, with enormous mountains, glaciers, river valleys, tundra, and coastline. Wrangell – St. Elias National Park is a popular destination for backcountry travelers. People from all over the world come to the park to climb the enormous peaks or explore deep wilderness valleys. The park also has a distinct copper mining history at the Kennecott Mine, and many of the historic structures are still standing.

Wrangell – St. Elias’s summer season is early June through early September. The main visitor center is located in Copper Center and is open year round; summer hours are approximately 8 am – 6 pm daily. There is also a visitor center in Kennicott open in the summer from approximately 9:30 am – 5 pm. The Kennicott Mine is a historic landmark that draws many visitors each summer. Others come to the area for the amazing views of the Kennicott Glacier. Guided glacier trekking and flightseeing tours are available.

Wrangell – St Elias can be accessed by road or air. Daily flights and van transfers are offered from the town of Chitina to McCarthy. It is not recommended to drive to Kennicott as it is a poorly maintained road, flat tires and vehicle damage are common. The towns of McCarthy and Kennicott are the access points to the park.

The Kennicott Glacier Lodge provides guests the best access to the Kennecott Mine and Glacier. It is located in an abandoned mining town with many historic buildings in the area. Glacier hikes and history tours are offered from the lodge. Perfect for anyone with an adventurous lifestyle or spirit!


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Grand Alaska Guided Bus Tour

Great option as a stand alone touring program or as a comprehensive land tour before or after an Alaska cruise. Every day there is spectacular mountain scenery, with local sightseeing insights from a professional guide the entire tour. First,... Browse tour

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All Alaska Classic Self Drive Tour

Explore three of Alaska's National Parks: Denali, Wrangell - St. Elias and Kenai Fjords. Great wildlife viewing opportunities throughout. Travel on four designated National Scenic Byways showcasing the natural beauty of Alaska with its jagged mountain peaks, lush alpine... Browse tour

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Alaska’s National Parks Tour by Car

Visit 4 National Parks: Kenai Fjords, Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias and Katmai (or Lake Clark National Park for bear viewing). Plus, an add-on opportunity for a 5th national park with a visit to Gates of the Arctic National Park (please... Browse tour

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Alaska Lodge Driving Tour

Travel to off the beaten path locations including overnights at wilderness lodges and inns that offer options for hiking, kayaking and canoeing adventures. The touring route includes a spectacular flight into expansive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, as... Browse tour

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Root Glacier Hike with Kennecott Mill Tour

On this day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, experience the best of Kennicott’s history and landscapes on this hiking and sightseeing combination tour! First enjoy a spectacular half-day hike on the Root Glacier, searching for deep crevasses, shimmering blue pools... Browse tour

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Ice Climbing on Root Glacier

If you’re traveling to the Kennicott-McCarthy area to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and want to find a fun Alaska day tour, enjoy this introduction to ice climbing! Root Glacier offers the perfect venue for people of all ages... Browse tour

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Root Glacier Hike (Full Day)

On this glacier hike day tour out of Kennicott-McCarthy, enjoy all the benefits of the half day hike but with additional time to explore the Root Glacier’s dynamic features. After “lunch with a view”, the possibilities are endless. You... Browse tour

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Root Glacier Hike (Half Day)

On this half-day glacier hiking out of Kennicott-McCarthy, depart Kennicott hiking down a two-mile trail that was originally built in the 1920’s as a wagon road. Along the way, stops will be made to discuss glaciology and local geology... Browse tour

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