Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

At 13.2 million acres which is bigger than the country of Switzerland, Wrangell St. Elias stretches from one of the tallest peaks in North America, Mount St. Elias 18,008 to the ocean. Yet within this wild landscape, people have been living off the land for centuries and still do today. The park is a rugged yet inviting place to experience your own adventure.

Wrangell St Elias National Park Info


Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is Adapting Park Operations in Response to Local Health Guidance - Opening Park Areas and Facilities

As of June 15, Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve is opening the Kendesnii campground on the Nabesna Road and camping within the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark. On July 1, 2020, non-subsistence users will be able to reserve the following public use cabins: Caribou Creek, Viking Lodge and Nugget Creek by emailing wrst_info@nps.gov. The Esker Stream cabin can be reserved by calling 907-784-3295.

ORV Permitting Process Adapted During COVID-19 Pandemic

Issuing permits for Off Road Vehicles (ORV’s) for recreational and subsistence activities starting Tuesday, May 27, 2020. Due to ongoing public health advisories and staffing delays related to COVID-19, the park offices and visitor contact stations are currently closed to the public, and the permitting process has been adapted for the safety of permit applicants and park staff.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is Adapting Operations in Response to Local Health Guidance - Opening Trails

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is adapting park operations by opening the following trails within the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark (KNHL) beginning Friday May 22, 2020: • Use of the Erie Mine Trail; • Use of the Root Glacier Trail; • Use of the Bonanza Mine Trail; and • Use of the Jumbo Mine Trail within the KNHL.

The Park will Maintain Certain Outhouses & Vault toilets

WRST will open and maintain certain outhouses and vault toilets on or near roads and trailheads in the national park and preserve.

Wrangell St Elias National Park Photos

Trail Creek

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Trail Creek

The view from the bed of Trail Creek in Wrangell Saint Elias National Park.

Polychrome

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Polychrome

Despite a cloudy day, there was still enough sun to highlight the different colors on the hillside.

Spruce Grouse

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Spruce Grouse

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Liberty Falls in Spring

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Liberty Falls in Spring

Last year's leaves still brown on the ground, new leaves on the trees, water from snow melt adding to the flow of the water. The beautiful Liberty Falls, located on the Edgerton Highway, is a must for anyone who drives down this road. The scenery is outstanding driving east on the Edgerton Highway, on a clear day, the mountains of the Wrangell Range are in clear view. The falls are located at mile 23 on the south side of the road.

Muskrat

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Muskrat

I went into the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and came across this beautiful young Muskrat. It was eating some kind of a bulb from under the water and did not mind the photographer, wife, granddaughter and friend watching it eat. We watched for about 15 minutes until the young muskrat swam away. Great education for the granddaughter for sure.

Cow Moose in Wrangell St. Elias

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Cow Moose in Wrangell St. Elias

We had just finished eating our lunch by this pond when my wife spotted this beautiful cow walking along the far bank. She kept her eye on us as she passed by the other side. This was the highlight of our day there, earlier, we went to hike an open area that we both love and had to turn around. Someone had put up a bear bait station on the trail to the meadow we walk in. We have seen plenty signs of bears there over the years but so far have not run into any. We did come across two steaming piles of bear exhaust laying on the ground once though!!

Trees

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Trees

Mt. Drum with very little snow

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Mt. Drum with very little snow

I've lived in Alaska over 20 years and my wife was born here before it was a state, and this is the first time that Mt. Drum has had bare rock showing that either of us remember. It is scary how much snow and ice that has melted off of the mountains here in Alaska. We were down in Tok area on Sunday and Monday and there was no snow in the mountains at all. Usually by mid September, the mountain tops are all white. We left on Monday and on Tuesday, they did get a significant snowfall that covered the mountains. A month later than normal, better than not getting snow.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Tall Trees

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Tall Trees

Wrangell St.-Elias National Park

Mountains

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Mountains

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Pelts

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Pelts

Ermine and mink were the softest (and most expensive)

Pelts

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Pelts

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

With Dave

Mt. Drum

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Mt. Drum

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

My best shot of Mt. Drum was from the bus window, across the aisle. Pardon the sleeping lady. I'm sure she enjoyed the view once we got to the national park.