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Wrangell Elias National Park Areas


McCarthy located at the foot of the Wrangell Mountains is the gateway to the Wrangell Elias National Park and Preserve.  The old mine buildings, artifacts, and colorful history attract visitors during the summer months.

In McCarthy you will find lodging, restaurants, basic services, the interesting McCarthy-Kennecott Historical Museum and outfitters that will take you on a range of activities, from glacier trekking and whitewater rafting to flightseeing trips into the alpine heart of the national park. A shuttle van transports visitors the five miles up the road to the historic mining ruins at Kennicott.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest national park in the U.S. at 13.2 million acres and a crossroads of several mountain ranges. Within the park, the Wrangell, Chugach and St. Elias ranges merge to create an alpine paradise that includes nine of the 16 highest peaks in the country.


Located along the Glenn Highway, 189 miles northeast of Anchorage, Glenallen serves as a starting point to the largest national park in the United States, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

As the gateway into Wrangell-St. Elias, Glennallen is the base for a variety of guides, outfitters and tour companies, offering adventures that range from world-class fishing, rafting, and wildlife viewing to flightseeing through the peaks, off-road vehicle trips on old mining trails and snowmobile tours in the winter. Glennallen is also near the famed Copper River, where anglers happily pluck what some believe to be the tastiest of all Alaska salmon – the famous Copper River red salmon.

Glennallen comes alive in January when it serves as the starting point for the Copper Basin 300 Dog Sled Race and is also a great vantage point for viewing the northern lights.

Copper River

Copper River in the Copper River Valley features spectacular mountain views and breathtaking scenery of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. It is also the home of the tastiest of all Alaska salmon.

Unlike other tundra rivers in Alaska offering large trout, the Copper River runs through a scenic river valley lined with groves of cottonwood, spruce, and birch. The Copper River rainbow trout are some of the largest in Alaska, and are the reason the Copper River was the first river in the state designated a “fly fishing, catch and release only, trophy rainbow river.”

Take a bear viewing tour where you will boat, raft and hike up the beautiful Copper River. The best time to see them in their natural habitat is late July. The river is full of the largest sockeye salmon and as a result the grizzly bears (actually Alaskan Brown Bear) flock to these small streams for the easy prey.

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