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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

In southeastern Alaska


This 13.2-million-acre park and preserve, the largest in the United States and the largest protected roadless wilderness in the world, encompasses towering mountains, glaciers, meandering rivers, and volcanoes. Here the Chugach, Wrangell, St. Elias, and Alaska mountain ranges converge to form what is considered the "mountain kingdom of North America." The park and preserve contains the continent s largest assemblage of glaciers and greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet. Mt. St. Elias (18,008 feet) is the second highest peak in the United States. The site was proclaimed a national monument in 1978, a World Heritage Site in 1979, and a park and preserve in 1980.



Rackpacking, fishing, flightseeing, hiking, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, mountaineering, river floating, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing. Facilities: Visitor center (Copper Center); ranger stations at Yakutat, Slana, and Chitina; trails. Rookstore. Programs & Events: Slide program. Interpretive talks (June-Aug.). Tips & Hints: Thoroughly research your visit to the Wrangells. This is a vast expanse of rugged wilderness with few services. Develop map- and compass-reading skills for backcountry travel. Re prepared for unpredictable weather, dangerous stream crossings, and grizzly and black bear encounters. Road access to park is via Nabesna and McCarthy roads, both gravel-surfaced. Take an air taxi to  view the park's mountain wilderness. Visit mid-May-Oct. for best weather. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.



Camping: 2 campgrounds in the park: Glacier View (1 mi west of Kennicott River Bridge, tel. 907/554-4490; 20 sites; $10-$12; vault toilets; closed Oct.-Apr), West McCarthy Wayside park (end of McCarthy Rd., tel. 907/746-0606; tent camping area; $10-$15; closed Oct.-Apr). Backcountry camping available is Nabesna District.  Hotels: In the park: Kennicott Glacier Lodge (tel. 907/554-4402; 35 rooms; $179-$229; closed mid-Sept.-May), McCarthy Lodge-Ma Johnson's Hotel (tel. 907/554-4402; 20 rooms; $159; open mid-May-mid-Sept). X Restaurants: In the park: meals at Kennicott Glacier Lodge (tel. 907/ 554-4477; $8-$12; closed mid-Sept.-mid-May), McCarthy Lodge Restaurant & Saloon (tel. 907/554-4402; $9-$ 12; closed mid-Sept.-mid-May), Taylor Made Pizza (tel. 907/554-1155; $9-$26; closed Oct.-mid-May). lib Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Glennallen: Sparks General Store (mile 189, Glenn Hwy., tel. 907/822-5990), Parks Place (mile 188, Glenn Hwy., tel. 907/822-3334), The Sports Page (mile 187, Glenn Hwy., tel. 907/822-5833).



Free. Alaska state fishing and hunting license required. ATVs in designated areas only, permit required. Park open daily. Visitor center open Labor Day-Memorial Day, weekdays 8-4:30; Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 8-6. Ranger stations open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily hours vary.



The park visitor center is 199 mi east of Anchorage via Rte. 1, about 260 mi southeast of Fairbanks via Rtes. 2 and 4, and 105 mi north of Valdez via Rte. 4. Air service available between Glennallen and Anchorage.



Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve (Box 439, Copper Center, AK 99573, tel. 907/822-5234, fax 907/822-7216). Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce (Box 469, Gle-nallen, AK 99588, tel. 907/822-5555).



Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. How to get by car to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. How to book a room and its price in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park