Things to do & places to visit in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States
This is the countries largest national park and remains mostly undeveloped, but does offer some interesting hikes.
Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve national park in Alaska, United States. Timezone: America/Juneau, current date and time: Sunday, March 03, 2024, 0:30.
Top things to do (21)
- Nature & Wildlife Tours
- Hiking Trails
- River Rafting & Tubing
- Climbing Tours
- Biking Trails
- Air Tours
- Taxis & Shuttles
- Kayaking & Canoeing
- Day Trips
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- Speciality & Gift Shops
- Private Tours
- Hiking & Camping Tours
- Historical & Heritage Tours
- Eco Tours
- Visitor Centers
- Multi-day Tours
- Water Sports
Top places to visit (20 attractions)
- 5.0 St. Elias Alpine Guides (842 reviews)
Incredible adventure with experienced guides
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM River Rafting & Tubing • Historical & Heritage Tours • Climbing Tours • Hiking & Camping Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours
We had an amazing time in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park thanks to St. Elias Alpine Guides! They were professional, well-organized and friendly and made our trip a very fun and memorable experience . We enjoyed ice climbing, exploring ice caves, touring the abandoned copper mill, and an airplane trip to the backcountry with Wrangell Mountain Air. The park is truly a unique place and having experienced guides who are so passionate about what they do makes for a truly unforgettable (and safe!) experience. We would recommend this guiding company to anyone who wants to see the breathtaking beauty and cool history of this remote part of Alaska. See more..
- 5.0 McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters (263 reviews)
Family Rafting Trip
Sunday: River Rafting & Tubing • Eco Tours • Hiking & Camping Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
We stayed for three nights at McCarthy. Since it was going to rain the third day we booked a trip with McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters. We chose the 4 hour lake and river rafting based on some very informative email interaction with Chris. The trip was really amazing. We had lots of fun and always failed safe despite some fun big waves on the river. Given our younger kids we had three tour guides: Ally, Sarah and Violet, with Ally being the lead guide. They all made the experience super fun for the whole family and our kids learned a lot about McCarthy and the glacier and had lots of laughs. They also have a pick up and drop off service and even the bus rides to and from the river were very fun and super enjoyable. I can highly recommend this tour for old and young ones. Thank you Ally, Sarah and Violet! See more..
- 5.0 Wrangell Mountain Air (261 reviews)
Great flightsee of the diverse landscape of the national park!
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Air Tours
Our flightseeing was a memorable one with Kelly, along with one other company associate who came along, presumably because of our end of day, end of season adventure. Our tour was essentially private given these circumstances which is always helpful during COVID (though not promised at busier times of season and the day), and we did have good fortunes in near perfectly clear weather. Having done a Denali flightsee too, tough to pick a favorite between them, but this one had an incredible variety of landscape and things to see, with never a dull moment on the flight. Kelly was an effective tour guide and pilot, along with the associate who joined us, as they were incredibly knowledgeable and personable about the area, and Kelly showed confidence in serving as the pilot. The sights were incredible, and though an expensive activity overall, the 70 minute edition we chose was more than worth it for the traveler to Alaska. See more..
- 5.0 Kennicott Wilderness Guides (221 reviews)
As Good as it Gets
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Climbing Tours • Hiking & Camping Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
My favorite part was truly the entire experience! Walking on Root Glacier was something that will stand out in my memories for the rest of my life! The weather was difficult, 40 degrees with a hard frigid driving rain but our guide expertly kept us safe and having tons of fun on the ice. I felt like the pace was perfect. I also enjoyed listening to her narration and actually understanding the glacier rather than just looking at the glacier! My guide even gave me a ride back to McCarthy when the tour was over! She didn’t have to do that! It was above and beyond her duties and I am grateful for her actions!! Overall, a splendid experience. I have been on tours all over the world. I have also been to 60 of the 63 US National Parks. This experience goes right to the very top in all of my life! Thank you! See more..
- 5.0 Copper Oar Rafting (56 reviews)
Copper River to the Sea
River Rafting & Tubing • Water Sports • Private Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
Rafting the Copper River with Copper Oar rafting company was a great experience. Lots of fun and challenges. Juniper Rose was my guide and did a great job rowing us down the river, preparing great meals and pointing out interesting facts I wouldn’t have even known to ask about. Scott the head boatman was knowledgeable and also a great guide. We saw Eagles and bears at a safe distance and lots of seals. It was an awesome trip. See more..
- 5.0 Root Glacier Trail (26 reviews)
It takes some time to drive to the park’s McCarthy/Kennecot’s area, but it’s totally worth it. The Root Glacier day hike is very accessible, doable with kids, but fun as well. Trail goes through the old town, forest, rocks and ends up on the glacier. See more..
- 5.0 St. Elias Alpine Guides (22 reviews)
Multi-day Tours • Hiking & Camping Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Day Trips
I've done a few tours with this company and they've always been really great. I did the half-day glacial hike and felt like I saw so much and it was an amazing. I did a guide in August with a friend and September with my parents and just the changes in the glacier within a month was amazing to see. You can also really tell the guides are well informed and passionate and love being guides here. You really can't go wrong with any tour. As my step-dad said: "I did something I didn't know needed to be on my bucket list!" I also did an ice climbing tour with the guide Tristan. Easily one of my favorite things I've ever done and I want to do more of it. Tristan is very confident and knows how to make you feel comfortable. Great guide! See more..
- 5.0 Wrangell Mountain Transport (9 reviews)
Fantastic flight into Kennecott
Taxis & Shuttles
Took the roundtrip flight Chitina-McCarthy in order to spend 2 days at Kennecott Glacier Lodge. The pilot was very professional and provided both safe transport and lively narration about the glaciers as we flew over them. Great experience. See more..
- 5.0 Trek Alaska (4 reviews)
A backcountry experience to remember!
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hiking & Camping Tours
I can't recommend traveling with Trek Alaska enough! Greg, the owner, helped our group of 4 plan a perfect backcountry trip in Gates of the Arctic and walked through some different options that might work with the activity level, physical fitness, and sights we wanted to see. Our guide Monet was a perfect addition to our group and helped us feel so safe and prepared and make the most of the trip. Trek Alaska's expertise is far-reaching and I will definitely be reaching out again for a Wrangell - St. Elias trip in the future! See more..
- 5.0 Mount Blackburn (1 review)
Mountain near the small town of McCarthy. See more..
- 4.5 Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Visitor Center (121 reviews)
The visitors Center is located on the left along the Richardson Highway just outside of Glennallen on the way to Chitina if you are headed towards Valdez. It's convenient that you don't have to venture down into the depths of the park to get to the visitors center and get information. I recommend using Kennicott Shuttle to get you into the park. Save your own tires and wear and tear on your vehicle! See more..
- 4.5 Kennecott Copper Mine (112 reviews)
Oh this PLACE!
A massive copper mine which closed in 1938. See more..
- 4.5 Nabesna Road (10 reviews)
Off the beaten path
Spent More than 3 hours Hiking Trails
Arriving at the ranger station on the Nabesna Road the very friendly park rangers will give you an abundance of information about the National Park and most importantly a CD you can pop into your player and listen to while driving along the road. It is like having a park ranger with you while you are driving. This road is not recommended for RV's or low lying cars. If you drive carefully you can make it to mile marker 28 on the road (the road is 42 miles to the end) At that point you have to cross the first off three streams and 4 wheel drive is highly recommended. We had an RV and turned around at mile marker 28. There is a great campground inside the park which is free. This road is not often used, because it is off the beaten path, but we loved it. We went on a hike at Caribou Creek trail to the public use cabin (use also free). And loved every minute of it. Next time we will be back with a 4 wheel drive See more..
- 4.5 Rambler Mine Trail (3 reviews)
Rambler Mine Trail
The hike at the end of Nabesna road up to Rambler Mine was beautiful. Actually the trail it's self was ok but once at the mine the view was amazing and if you just walk a little further up to look out over the valley it is one of the most beautiful scenes I've ever seen. The trail is uphill and it's short but you gain elevation fast. The information from the National Park Visitor center was pretty accurate. I would very strongly suggest walking a little past the Mine to get the best view of both sides of the valley. We also saw Dall sheep at the top. See more..
- 4.5 Copper Spike Transport (3 reviews)
Excellent Trip to Wrangells!
Taxis & Shuttles
One of the trickiest parts of planning my trip to see Wrangell-St.Elias was finding transportation and I'm so glad I found Copper Spike! Travelling with Jamie was great. He is incredibly communicative regarding pick up times, he is deeply knowledgeable about Alaska, and he's full of fun local stories about people and animals! The van ride was comfortable, well temperature controlled, and included as many rest stops as our group required. Highly recommend this company! See more..
- 4.0 Kennecott Trading Company (2 reviews)
Next to Info center in Kennecott !
Speciality & Gift Shops
High quality local gifts, art, jewelry and cards. Snacks, clothing and sundries. Coffee, espresso and a nice place to sit with a great view of the Kennicott Glacier. Located in downtown Kennecott, across from the lodge. Come and see us! See more..
- 4.0 Nugget Creek Trail (1 review)
Popular, but remote, mountain biking trail. See more..
- Kotsina Road (0 review)
Mountain biking road through scenic terrain. See more..
- Mount Bona (0 review)
Remote mountain popular with mountain climbers. See more..
- Chitistone Canyon (0 review)
Remote canyon where you can be dropped off by bush plane, and picked up again days later. See more..
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