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“Another great Alaska NP Visitor Center”

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Visitor Center
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Alaska has some great Nat'l Park visitor centers and this is no exception. Definitely worth a stop if your visiting the Nat'l Park or just passing through. Wrangell St. Elias is the largest NP, but also the most forgotten. You cannot enter the park from this visitor center. There are only 2 roads leading into the park. One is on the Valdez Hwy (4) near the town of Chitina and the other is on the Tok Cut Hwy (1) near Slana. This visitor center is located about 10 miles south of Glennallen. Stop in for some good information, videos and pick something up from the gift shop. My kids favorite displays were the skulls and the scat samples!

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Knew little about the park , even that it existed, the displays are informative about land, animals and forest inside the park, easy to spend 2 hours looking at the displays

1  Thank Hellolow
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have been visiting Wrangell St. Elias National Park for 25 years, and highly recommend the visitor's Center.

Seems like most folks/tourists know about Denali, but not so much Wrangell St. Elias National Park. 25 years ago, we knew Wrangell St. Elias National Park was on the way to Valdez, and we wanted to see the pipeline and Tour Prince William Sound.

It quite a distance from the main highway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park and be prepared for the drive.

Denali is 20,000'+ Wrangell is 14,000'+, but without all of the tourists.

In many respects, Wrangell is more inviting. First there is the image and the view from 120 miles away.

25 years ago, the Wrangell area was like the wild west; today, the NP (establish in 1980) is a bit more civilized.

We recommend 2 days on your schedule.

The park includes a large portion of the Saint Elias Mountains, which include most of the highest peaks in the United States and Canada, yet are within 10 miles (16 km) of tidewater, one of the highest reliefs in the world. Wrangell-St. Elias borders on Canada's Kluane National Park and Reserve.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Indian culture center next door. full size fish trap outside. Across the walkway 2 young men were building an elevated storage building with an village elder supervising. they let me ask about how they would build with logs and how to chalk(moss) and how to keep bears from raiding (bear grease on poles that elevate storage- deter other bears and animals). They also explained how the large outside fish trap works (scoopers with a incline ending in hole on scooper that slide fish into basket on side) Inside was a fish trap built by one of the young men's his grandmother. (fish can go in but not get out)Attendant was a member of tribe and very willing to answer questions and fill in information about the native life in the area.
No charge.
Rangers in main building with exhibits
Also in yet another building exhibits about the natural history of the area- done very nicely.
Nice bathroom facilities.
Not take long to visit all

Thank DebbyLA
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Our stop at the visitor center was enjoyable. The buildings and facilities were very nicely done. The displays were informative and well laid out. We particularly enjoyed the building dedicated to the Native Americans. The views from the walking trails of the mountains were spectacular. It is definitely a great stop if you were traveling the Richardson Highway. That said the day we were there the staff looked to be doing some training and had limited availability for interacting with guests. Also the two young ladies in the native American building were very informative when approached but we had to approach them first. The last thing is I hope people don't get the impression that the visitor center is the best way to see the park. You get to see the real park if you travel to McCarthy and Kennicott which we did later after visiting the Center.

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