Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias – Largest National Park in US

Forgive me, but I’m just a geek when it comes our national parks in the U.S.  If I had more time, I would stalk Ken Burns for his great journalism devoted to this subject.

Instead my geekiness is stoked each week via a news feed from the National Park Service. I get it as a travel journalist, but you can sign up for it as well. Here’s a recent one:

COPPER CENTER, Alaska – Don’t bother looking for the gates or the entrance station. You won’t find them at this week’s destination. This week the National Park Getaway heads east of Anchorage to bask in the expansive wilderness of the nation’s largest national park.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve is home to four mountain ranges, nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, the largest active volcano in Alaska and the greatest concentration of glaciers in North America. At 13.2 million acres, the sheer scale of this park is hard to soak in.glacier trekking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Although remote and sparsely populated, Wrangell-St. Elias has a human history dating back thousands of years. The park shares the history of native peoples, early explorers and copper miners. Visitors will find world-class opportunities for discovery, reflection and outdoor recreation.

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The Kennecott Copper Mine inside Wrangell-St. Elias. Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

If you’re looking for a wilderness experience that’s far off the beaten track then this is about as good as it gets. Your key to adventure starts by reading this week’s National Park Getaway at www.nps.gov/getaways

It’s been about six years since Bruce and I first visited Wrangell-St. Elias and did some glacier trekking. It was a highlight of several years of fabulous travel adventures.

Stand by for more.  


 

Hiking the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

One thought on “Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias – Largest National Park in US

  1. Sandy

    Diana,

    Beautiful pictures! I also read the article on Colorado, since I’ll be heading out there in July. My sister lives in Colorado Springs, so I know how much they depend on the snows from the mountains. Have a great trip to Alaska and Wrangell-St. Elias.

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