Parks & Trails
A pleasant trail system meanders through the forest around the campus of the Wrangel-St. Elias Visitor Center near Copper Center, offering an introduction to the local ecosystem as well as extraordinary views of three volcanoes and the Copper River Valley.
The museums are housed in historical cabins at the Copper Center Lodge. They contain early Russian religious articles, Athabascan baskets, telegraph equipment, mineral displays, copper and gold mining memorabilia and trapping articles from the early-day Copper Valley. A short walk takes you to the Stampeders Cemetery.
Follow in the footsteps of the original prospectors and native Alaskan inhabitants by going for a hike or mountain bike ride along the Klutina River. This trail covers the 23 miles between Copper Center and Klutina Lake, which was part of the original prospecting trail from Valdez to the Copper River. The river is fed by the massive glaciers of the Chugach Mountains to the south, and the beautiful turquoise color of the water indicates the… ...more