Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, is the largest national park in the U.S. Its vast wilderness, towering peaks, and glaciers make it a colossal testament to nature’s grandeur.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Alaska
Area: 13,175,799 acres (53,320.57 sq km) – 1st largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount St. Elias – 18,008 ft (5,488.84 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea level
Date Established: December 1, 1978 (national monument); December 2, 1980 (national park and preserve)
Annual Visitors: 65,236 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Copper Center, Alaska

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

  1. Flightseeing tours for breathtaking aerial views
  2. Visiting the historic mining town of Kennecott
  3. Rafting on the park’s glacial rivers
  4. Wildlife viewing, especially bears, moose, and eagles
  5. Fishing in pristine rivers and streams

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

After hiking and exploring Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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