Wrangell-St. Elias Fast Facts

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park covers a total area of 13,175,901 acres
  • The number of people visiting Wrangell-St. Elias in 2017 was 68,292 *
  • Wrangell-St. Elias was made a national park on December 2, 1980
  • The lowest elevation found in Wrangell-St. Elias is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
  • The highest elevation found in Wrangell-St. Elias is 18,008 feet on Mount St. Elias
  • There is no entrance fee for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park lies in the Alaska time zone
  • We last visited Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in June 2014
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Wrangell-St. Elias Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Wrangell-St. Elias

  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is by far the largest national park in the United States. At over 13 million acres, it is nearly six times the size of Yellowstone, a huge national park itself. There is a single piedmont glacier, Malaspina, that alone is the size of Yellowstone.
  • Wrangell-St. Elias borders Kluane National Park and Preserve, a very large Canadian national park.
  • The town of Kennecott lies deep within the park, and was built to mine one of the richest deposits of copper ever found. Though the mine is long closed, much of the historical structures remain. It can be found a few miles beyond the end of the very long, unpaved McCarthy Road.
  • On November 16, 1978, Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument was created along with 15 others. On December 2, 1980, the monument was changed to a national park, along with all other Alaskan national parks, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.
  • In 1979 Wrangell-St. Elias, along with Glacier Bay National Park, and Kluane National Park and Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park in Canada, was named a World Heritage Site.

Where is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park?

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is located in southcentral Alaska, about four hours from Anchorage. The small towns of Copper Center and Chitina are just outside the park, the former hosting the visitor center. The historic towns of McCarthy and Kennicott are within the park, and are accessed via the long, unpaved McCarthy Road. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Wrangell-St. Elias.

Copper Center Visitor Center
(62.019734010137704, -145.36782664130442)
End of McCarthy Road at McCarthy
(61.43390697844574, -142.9445258982014)

More About Wrangell-St. Elias

We have pages on all sorts of things about Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.