Wrangel-St Elias National Park

Old Town Copper Center is close to the main headquarters and entrance to spectacular Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in the United States. Its 13.2 million acres boast 9 of the 16 tallest mountains in the country and the park shares its eastern border with Canada's Kluane National Park. Looking east from Glennallen, from the Tok Road, or along the Richardson south of Glennallen, you are looking into an immense display of great volcanic summits including Mount Wrangell. Wrangell is an active volcano that last erupted in 1900. Seismologists say another eruption is NOT imminent (just so you know).

Wrangell-St. Elias is a unique park, allowing traditional hunting and fishing and gathering by local residents as well as managed access to its interior wilderness areas via bush planes, boats, and ATVs. Outside its vast ice fields (the Bagley Ice Field is 127 miles long and 3000' thick at some points) the remote rivers and lakesides are dotted by cabins and camps, a legacy of long use by Native peoples and more recent prospectors and miners.

Visitors to Wrangell-St. Elias have the opportunity to experience a remote landscape dominated by stunning natural features and wildlife. WRST is traversed by the Mentasta Caribou Herd and is home to moose, Dall sheep and mountain goats, wolves and many other species.

Immense glaciers flow out of WRST's interior ice fields. Major glacial rivers originate there, including the Copper River. Although 95% of Alaska's glaciers are retreating, WRST also contains one of the anomalies—the tidewater Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat has been advancing for the past 100 years, fed by increasing precipitation in the area.

There are two road accesses to the park. To reach McCarthy and Kennecott,the main park entrance, you will travel south on the Richardson and Edgerton Highways from Copper Center to the McCarthy Road. The Nabesna Road, off the Tok Cut-off at mile 60, leads to northern areas of the park.