Highlights and main attractions of St Elias National Park
Inexplicably vast, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park tops the scales. At 13.2 million acres, this is the nation’s largest national park and when paired with Glacier Bay, as well as Canadian National Parks Kluane and Tatshenshin-Alsek, it becomes the largest piece of protected land on the face of the earth. Wild and remote, this little visited park has some of the most impressive collections of mountains and glaciers in the world.
The Wrangell, St. Elias and Chugach mountains ranges form the backbone of this massive area of wilderness. There are over 150 glaciers and 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, 4 of which are over 16,000 feet including St. Elias - the second largest mountain peak after Mount McKinley. This challenging environment of cascading glaciers and braiding streams and rivers has some amazing, unlimited opportunities for exploration in a secluded and rugged mountain environment. Ever-changing and unpredictable, journeys through here are absolutely unforgettable and surprisingly easy to access. There are two roads crossing the park boundaries, Nabesha and McCarthy, both with extraordinary views as you enter the heart of the wilderness.
Many people choose to fly in, for aerial views that are beyond comprehension.