Wrangell-St Elias National Park
Visit Wrangell-St Elias National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is an American national park and preserve managed by the National Park Service in south-central Alaska. The park and preserve were established in1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
The protected areas are included in an International Biosphere Reserve and are part of the Kluane/Wrangell–St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park and preserve form the largest area managed by the National Park Service with a total of 13,175,799.07 acres, an expanse larger than nine U.S. states.
The area designated as the national park alone is larger than the 47 smallest American national parks combined (there are currently 63 national parks), and its area makes up over 15% of all national parkland in the United States.
The park includes a large portion of the Saint Elias Mountains, which include most of the highest peaks in the United States and Canada, yet are within 10 miles (16 km) of tidewater, one of the highest reliefs in the world.
Wrangell-St. Elias borders Canada's Kluane National Park and Reserve to the east and approaches another American national park to the south, Glacier Bay.
The chief distinction between the park and preserve lands is that sport hunting is prohibited in the park and permitted in the preserve. In addition, 9,078,675 acres (36,740.09 km) of the park and preserve are designated as the largest single wilderness in the United States.
Things To Do in the Wrangell- St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Wrangell Mountain Homestead Lodge and cabins are the perfect home base for your adventures in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Due to its massive size and rugged terrain, access to much of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is limited to adventurers who fly into the park for fishing, skiing, hiking, mountaineering, and rafting.
Visitors willing to put in the extra time and effort to access this fantastic national park will find tons of opportunities for fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, glacier trekking, wildlife, and exploring Alaska’s rich mining history.
There are three main access points for visitors traveling the road system into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Each area of the park offers its own exciting set of experiences and adventures.