Old Town Copper Center is close to the main headquarters and entrance to spectacular Wrangell- St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in the United States. The headquarters for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is located at mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, in Copper Center, Alaska just 6 miles from our Inn and Restaurant.Most park staff are located here. The park superintendent and most administrative personnel are stationed at park headquarters.
It is 13.2 million acres boast 9 of the 16 tallest mountains in the country. The park shares its eastern border with Canada’s Kluane National Park. Looking east from Glennallen, from the Tok Road, or along the Richardson south of Glennallen, you are looking into an immense display ofgreat volcanic summits including Mount Wrangell. Wrangell is an active volcano that last erupted in 1900. Seismologists say another eruption is NOT imminent (just so you know).
Wrangell-St. Elias is a unique park, allowing traditional hunting and fishing and gathering by local residents as well as managed access to its interior wilderness areas via bush planes, boats, and ATVs. Outside its vast ice fields (the Bagley Ice Field is 127 miles long and 3000′ thick at some points) the remote rivers and lakesides are dotted by cabins and camps, a legacy of long use by Native peoples and more recent prospectors and miners.