Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is a national park and preserve located in the southeastern part of Alaska in the United States. It is the largest national park in the country, covering an area of over 13 million acres. The park was established in 1980 to protect the unique and diverse natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the area.

The park contains some of the highest peaks in the country, including Mount St. Elias, which stands at 18,008 feet.

The park is also home to several glaciers, including the largest non-polar ice field in the world, the Malaspina Glacier. The park also contains numerous rivers, lakes, and streams, which provide opportunities for rafting, fishing, and other recreational activities.

In addition to its natural resources, the park is also home to several historic and cultural sites, including the Wrangell Mining District, which was established in the late 1800s. The park is also home to several Native American communities, who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

VISIT Wrangell-St. Elias National Park:

Park Details

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was established on December 1, 1978, and has a total area of 13,000,000 acres (20,313 square miles, or 52,632 square kilometers).

Address Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Copper Center, AK, 99573
Phone907 822-5234
HoursOpen year round, roads may close in winter due to weather
Entrance FeeFree
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the 256th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park are June, July, August & September.

Park Visits25952305204,57216,44523,37220,7797,8555306035
Avg Temp182428395667716655392421
Max Temp353637526978797665523736
Avg Temp361025384649463827117
Min Temp-26-19-163293540352710-12-17
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Denali & Wrangell-St. Elias8819

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Kluane National Park Reserve126 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

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Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park:

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Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International AirportANCAnchorage, AK267 mi
Fairbanks International AirportFAIFairbanks, AK321 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Merle K (Mudhole) Smith AirportCDVCordova, AK122 mi
Yakutat AirportYAKYakutat, AK130 mi
Dawson City AirportYDADawson City, YT229 mi
Whitehorse / Erik Nielsen International AirportYXYWhitehorse, YT234 mi
Haines AirportHNSHaines, AK253 mi
Gustavus AirportGSTGustavus, AK282 mi
Juneau International AirportJNUJuneau, AK316 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.