There are two roads into Wrangell St. Elias National Park. The McCarthy Road is a 60-mile gravel road to reach McCarthy / Kennicott. The Nabesna Road is on the North side of the park and has a few campgrounds along the way. Unlike the McCarthy Road, there's no town at the end
Drive down the 42-mile Nabesna Road for tremendous views to rival any road system in Alaska. The Wrangell, Mentasta and Nutzotin Mountains create a majestic panorama, characterized by some of the highest mountains in North America. Nabesna Road is one of two that allows access to Alaska’s largest national park, the Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve. Services are limited and road conditions vary with the seasons, but there are plenty of ...more
The drive to McCarthy and Kennicott isn’t your run-of-the-mill road trip. It’s 7 – 8 hours from Anchorage, with the last 61 miles-between Chitina and the Kennicott River-on an historic, gravel road. Not all rental vehicles are allowed on the McCarthy road, so check with your rental agency before you travel.
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Gain access to the park via a remote backcountry drop-off for backpacking or a float trip, or fly into McCarthy / Kennicott
If you want to get a true sense of the 13 million acres within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park — which has a mere 100 miles of roadways — start with an aerial view. Since 1992, Wrangell Mountain Air has been offering safe and fascinating tours of this remote kingdom, which boasts North America’s largest assemblage of glaciers as well as its largest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet. Choose from three main tours.
Alaska’s eastern interior promises high adventure in an area relatively few visitors explore. Fly with Tok Air Service into this jaw-dropping wonderland to visit National Parks and Wildlife Refuges: Wrangell-St. Elias, Tetlin, and Yukon-Charley Rivers. Land on a remote glacier, see dramatic mountains up close, and watch for grizzlies, sheep, moose and caribou.