McCarthy-Kennicott Walking Tours
A walking tour through McCarthy is a great daytime activity. Explore the area at your own pace with a map from the National Park Service. Or elevate your experience with a guided tour led by St. Elias Alpine Guides, a trusted local company with special permission to take travelers around the town and inside the buildings—a unique opportunity you won’t get on your own. Whether you choose to venture independently or with expert guidance, these walking tours promise an immersive and unforgettable journey into the captivating history of McCarthy.
The wilderness town of Kennecott — once home to a bustling mining operation — was suddenly abandoned in 1938 when the Kennecott Copper Corporation ceased operations. Now you can tour the ghost town with an expert: St. Elias Alpine Guides was granted special permission as the only concessionaire with the National Park Service to take travelers not only around the town, but also inside the buildings.
This abandoned copper mining camp is a National Historic Landmark District. Established in 1903, Kennecott Mining Corporation operated 5 mines in the area. Kennecott became a bustling mining camp filled with miners and their families. By 1938, Kennecott was a ghost town. This guide shows the self-guided walking tour points.