The largest of the national parks in the United States, Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the most remote of Alaska’s parks and offers unique opportunities for an off-the-beaten-path experience. Highlights include the Bagley Icefield; Hubbard, Nabesna and Malaspina Glaciers; Mt. Wrangell and Mt. St. Elias, and the convergence of four major mountain ranges. The abandoned Kennicott copper mine in the park interior is an increasingly popular destination and is a National Historic Landmark. The high-grade copper ore of the Kennicott mine was among the nation’s richest deposits ever found in the twentieth century. The impressive structures that remain at the mill site and mines represent an ambitious time of exploration and discovery in Alaska.
Activities: As the most remote and least developed of Alaska’s national parks, Wrangell St. Elias National Park is perfect for wilderness-oriented, self-guided activities. Besides sightseeing, major activities include backpacking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, mountaineering, river rafting, and sea kayaking in protected bays. Opportunities to view wildlife abound in Wrangell St. Elias. The park contains one of the larges concentrations of Dall sheep in North America, and other large mammals include mountain goats, caribou, moose, brown bear, black bear and bison. Located in the heart of the Park is the historic mining town of Kennicott. River rafting trips on the Gulkana River and spectacular flightseeing tours are also available. These activities are easily booked at the tour desk at the Copper Center Princess Wilderness Lodge during your stay.
For more information on Wrangell St. Elias National Park we suggest you visit the National Park Service web site for Wrangell St. Elias National Park