Trailer Camping Near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
November 29, 2011
Filed under National Parks
Trailer campers thinking big may want to take a trip to Alaska, not Texas, to visit Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
The park is the largest in the United States. It’s a staggering six times larger than Yellowstone, and four separate mountain ranges connect within the park. And nine of the sixteen highest peaks in the U.S. tower within the park, including the second largest peak, Mount St. Elias at 18,008 feet tall. The park also contains North America’s largest sub-polar ice field, many glaciers, an active volcano, rivers and historic Kennecott copper mines.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is open year round. The most popular time to visit the park is early June through mid September. Winter comes early to interior Alaska and by Sept. 15, few services and facilities are available. As with other Alaska parks, there are no entrance fees.
Whatever the season the remote Wrangell-St. Elias National Park takes effort to reach, but it is well worth it with beautiful scenery, a wide variety of wildlife, and numerous attractions.
Trailer campers looking for a change of pace after being inundated with natural beauty can take a trip to the Kennecott mining town. It is one of the few examples of early century copper mining, and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark since 1978. Rehabilitation efforts have been ongoing since 1998 so that the buildings used in the early 20th century mining camp can be enjoyed by generations to come.
To find a Woodall’s rated campground near the park, visit Alaska campgrounds.