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Wrangell – St. Elias National Park

Wrangell – St. Elias National Park

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Description of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park

Location: Copper Center, Alaska  Map

Area: 13,175,901 acres (53,321 km²)

Official site

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.

 

 

 

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