The perfect place to stop along the way to America’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias, is the intimate, 85-room Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge. Amazing views make this property special. Look out your window to the junction of the Klutina and Copper Rivers, 200 acres of wilderness, and the park’s awe-inspiring mountains. And inside, dine with a spectacular view. Sit down to the fine food of the Two Rivers restaurant; be sure to ask for a table on the mezzanine level, where you’ll get the full effect of a two-story wall of windows looking out onto mountains and valley.
Luxury in the Wilderness
Visitors come to the Copper River Princess for a taste of luxury on the edge of an enormous amount of untamed nature. Historical touches, like the red-and-white look, calls to mind the days when the Kennicott mining district was bustling. But the updated interiors bring you squarely into the 21st century. The lobby’s large slate fireplace gives this small lodge a cozy feeling, while the two-story wall of glass, looking out to the peaks beyond, provides inspiration to explore.
Go River Rafting, Visit Historic Mines & More
In fact, it’s hard to ignore the more than 13 million acres of national park next door—and the park entrance is just four miles away. Just how big is this park? It’s home to a glacier larger than the state of Rhode Island. Copper River’s Guest Service desk can arrange activities like rafting the Klutina River, salmon fishing, or visiting the abandoned Kennicott copper mines. Or they can customize an itinerary to suit whatever your interests might be.
Then sit down to the area’s most gourmet cuisine at the two-level Two Rivers restaurant. Or opt for a more casual meal at the Whistle Stop Bar & Grill.
How does the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge fit into your vacation? Let Princess help, and set you up on a multi-day self-drive tour including stops at several of their luxurious lodges. Choose a 9 day / 8 night tour beginning in Anchorage with two nights at Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, two nights in Fairbanks, and two nights in Denali National Park, before spending one final night in Anchorage.
- 2 restaurants
- Espresso bar
- Tour desk
- Wi-Fi access
- Park Ranger programs
- Gift shop
- Shuffle board and horse shoes
- Shuttle service to Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center and AHTNA Cultural Center
- Two queen beds, or one king bed
- TV, telephone
Copper Center, AK 99573
By Car: Access the lodge near milepost 102 on the Richardson Highway by turning west on Brenwick-Craig Road. The lodge is located one mile up the road, at the top of the hill. The lodge is approximately two hours north of Valdez,and five hours east of Anchorage, via the Glenn Highway.
Prices & Dates
|Season||mid-May to mid-Sept|
|Duration||1 - 8 nights|
|Rates||Rooms // $109 - $209 per night|
|Grand Circle Self Drive // $2299+ | 9 days, 8 nights|
Dining at Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge
Overlooking the peaks of Wrangell St Elias National Park, this restaurant serves Alaska seafood dinners and hearty breakfasts in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s the nicest restaurant within 100 miles, with a dedication to fresh Alaska foods — including seasonal produce and meat from local farms. Yet the dining room maintains a casual ambience, making it a great place to start or finish your day. Fuel up for a day of sport fishing or hiking with the… ...more
Just off the lobby of the Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, the Whistle Stop serves up tasty pub fare and Alaska seafood; it also has a full bar, featuring Alaska brewed beers on tap and 45 wines. Stop in for a reindeer burger or fish and chips, or enjoy sunset with a pint of Alaskan amber on the bustling deck overlooking the Wrangell St. Elias Range. The Whistle Stop is the only lunch option in the lodge and offers the same menu for… ...more