Fees and ermits There are no entrance
stations or required fees to enter Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park is located in Copper Center,
Alaska in USA. Wrangell – St. Elias National Park covers an area of
13,175,901 acres (53,321 km²), the largest of all national parks
(larger than countries such as Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina or
Costa Rica). Protects the area of Mount San Elías (5 489 m), the
second highest peak in the country. The park is located on the
border with Canada and borders another national park, the Canadian
Kluane National Park. It is accessible by highway from Anchorage and
two gravel roads (the McCarthy Road and the Nabesna Road) run
through the park, making much of the interior accessible for
mountaineering and camping. There are also charter flights in the
park. The Wrangell-San Elías park received 61,085 visitors in 2007
and is rapidly gaining popularity thanks to the combination of size,
distance and accessibility.
The area of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park was first protected
by its proclamation on December 1, 1978 as a national monument of
the United States, forming part of a group of 15 natural areas of
Alaska Jimmy Carter, making use of the presidential prerogative
granted by the law of Antiquities of 1906, proclaimed new national
monuments, after the Congress of the United States had postponed a
large purchase of Alaskan lands that had strong state opposition.
Ranger stations and visitor centers 1
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center, Mile 106 Richardson
Highway, Copper Center, ☎ +1 907-822-5234. All Year: M-F 8AM-4:30PM.
Memorial Day-Labor Day: Daily 8AM-6PM. The Headquarters and Visitor
Center provides information about the entire park in addition to the
administration and management facilities. This new facility between
Glennallen and Copper Center. Movie theater, exhibits, and a short
nature trail to a spectacular view of the Wrangell Mountains. Park
rangers provide guided talks and walks daily during the summer
months. Subsistence fishing and hunt permits are also available.
Services available in nearby Copper Center include a post office,
lodging, gas station, food store, tire repair, and telephone. 2
Slana Ranger Station, Mile 0.5 Nabesna Road, ☎ +1 907-822-7401.
Summer: 8AM-5PM; Winter: Open, but call ahead. The Slana Visitor
Contact Station provides information about the northern side of the
park and the Nabesna Road. ATV permits, and subsistence permits are
also issued here. Bookstore, phone, restrooms, maps, and park film
shown on TV by request. Guided ranger interpretive programs
available. 3 Kennecott Visitor Center, in the historic train
depot building within the Kennecott Mill Town, ☎ +1 907-960-1027.
Memorial Day through Labor Day 9AM-5:30PM. Information hub for the
Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark in the heart of
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Pick up maps and
brochures, join a ranger for a history talk or nature walk, or plan
your wilderness excursion. The visitor center also hosts a small
branch of the Alaska Natural History Association's bookstore. 4
The McCarthy Road Information Station, mile 59 McCarthy Road. Open
Memorial Day to Labor Day 9:30AM-5PM. The information gateway to the
communities of McCarthy and Kennecott. As you arrive in McCarthy
stop by to get the latest information on parking, shuttle service
and park and community events. Rangers are also available to help
plan backcountry trips and answer questions. Restrooms and day-use
parking are available at this site. Overnight parking and camping
can be found at a variety of local private companies. 5 Chitina
Ranger Station, Chitina, ☎ +1 907-823-2205. Summer Only: Staffed
with assistance from the Chitina Chamber of Commerce Th-M 2PM-6PM.
Historic log cabin. Explore the exhibits and watch the 22-minute
park movie. Services available in Chitina include a post office, gas
station, store, tire repair, cafe and payphone. The log cabin
station is decorated with historic photographs featuring the town of
Chitina as a transportation hub, "where the rails meet the trails."
Trains, stagecoaches, dog sleds, and steamboats all passed through
Chitina on their way to the mining and commerce centers of Alaska
during Chitina's boom years, 1910-1938. 6 Dry Bay Ranger
Station, Yakutat, ☎ +1 907-784-3295. 8:30AM-4:30PM all year. This
Ranger Station and Visitor Center serves both Wrangell-St. Elias and
Glacier Bay National Park. Exhibits, information, park video,
bookstore, and trip planning. Located at the base of the St. Elias
Mountains, the city of Yakutat (pop. 633) is a Tlingit settlement on
the Gulf of Alaska. Outdoor guide services and commercial fishing
are the primary sources of income for most residents. Yakutat is
approximately 220 air miles northwest of Juneau, 218 air miles
southeast of Cordova and 342 air miles southeast of Anchorage.