Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
13,175,901 acres
Annual Visitation
87,158 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
December 2, 1980
Entrance Fee
None
Time Zone
Alaska
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
18,008 feet on Mount St. Elias
Lowest Average Temp
-11F in January
Record Low Temp
-55F in 1993
Highest Average Temp
71F in July
Record High Temp
89F in 2004
Our Last Visit
Never

Park Contact Information

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
PO Box 439, Copper Center, AK 99573
Info at (907) 822-5234
Fax to (907)822-7216

Park Creation Timeline

1978
On November 16, 1978, Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument is created along with 15 others.
1979
The park, along with Glacier Bay National Park, and Kluane National Park and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in Canada, is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
1980
On December 2, 1980, the monument is changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, wolves, black and grizzly bears, and two herds of transplanted bison. Smaller mammals include lynx, wolverines, beavers, martens, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, marmots, river otters, ground squirrels, pikas, and voles.
There are very few reptiles and amphibians anywhere in Alaska due to the cold temperatures.
The park's enormous land area and diversity provides habitat for many birds. A checklist prepared by the NPS can be seen here.

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