Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness

Richardson Highway
Copper Center, AK - 99573

Type: Parks
(907) 822-5234
  • Wrangells
  • MountWrangell

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Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness, located in southeastern Alaska, is the largest designated wilderness area in the United States, encompassing over 9 million acres of rugged mountains, sprawling glaciers, and pristine wilderness. Established in 1980, the wilderness area is part of the larger Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve protects one of the most remote and ecologically diverse regions in North America.

One of the main attractions of the Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness has its spectacular natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. The wilderness area is dominated by the towering peaks of the Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges, including numerous peaks over 16,000 feet in elevation. Visitors to the wilderness area can explore vast expanses of alpine tundra, deep river valleys, and ancient forests, as well as marvel at massive glaciers, including the Malaspina Glacier, one of the largest piedmont glaciers in the world.

In addition to its stunning scenery, the Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can hike along scenic trails, backpack into remote backcountry areas, or embark on multi-day wilderness expeditions to explore the park's remote and untouched landscapes. The wilderness area is also popular for wildlife viewing, with opportunities to spot a variety of species, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves, and Dall sheep.

The Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness is a haven for adventure seekers, offering opportunities for mountaineering, ice climbing, kayaking, rafting, and backcountry skiing. Whether you're an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a novice adventurer, the wilderness area provides endless opportunities for exploration and discovery in one of the last true wildernesses of North America. Visitors are encouraged to plan, be prepared for rugged and remote conditions, and practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the fragile ecosystems of the wilderness area.

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