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PARK FULLY OPEN

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK FULLY OPEN

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So what does "Park Fully Open" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve is currently fully open. This means all operations are back to normal. This can mean there are still restrictions on social distancing, travel and/or masks. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of Alaska and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 30, 2021
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Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Wrangell – St Elias National Park & Preserve - News section for more.

  • Wrangell-St. Elias Subsistence Resource Commission Announces October 5-6 Meeting

    September 17, 2021 | 8:39 am

    The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Subsistence Resource Commission will meet by teleconference on Tuesday, October 5, and Wednesday, October 6, 2021 to consider a range of issues related to subsistence hunting and fishing in the park.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Hunter Mauled by a Bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

    September 8, 2021 | 7:58 pm

    September 8th, 2021, 39-year-old Jason Long from Eagle River, AK was mauled by a grizzly bear in an unnamed drainage adjacent to the Chisana River in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Kennecott Concentration Mill Building Renovations Completed

    September 7, 2021 | 7:26 am

    Phase III renovations to the historic 14-story Kennecott Concentration Mill building in the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark (NHL) in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve were completed this summer.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Body of Missing Hunter Found in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

    August 22, 2021 | 10:43 am

    On August 21st, the body of missing hunter, David White, was found alongside Jacksina Creek in the northern part of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Search Underway for Missing Hunter in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

    August 20, 2021 | 12:57 pm

    A search is currently underway for a hunter reported missing on August 19th, 2021 after he did not check in by InReach during a hunting trip in the Jacksina/Canyon Creek area of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Asks for Vigilance with Campfires

    August 9, 2021 | 2:03 pm

    Park officials have found multiple abandoned campfires that had the potential to escape and ignite a wildfire. Although we have seen moisture scatter across the Park, we are still in fire season and should plan accordingly to ensure campfires are put out properly.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Plans Announced for 2021 Federal Subsistence Hunt of Chisana Caribou Herd

    July 22, 2021 | 9:00 am

    Consistent with the cooperative management plan for the herd, the harvest quota will be 7 bull caribou. The hunt will open on August 10 and close on September 30 or when the quota has been reached. Hunters are asked to report back within three days of harvesting an animal or at the end of the season if unsuccessful. The hunt area is Federal public lands in Unit 12 that lie east of the Nabesna River and Glacier and south of the Winter Trail running southeast from Pickerel Lake to the Canadian border.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Federal subsistence hunting permits available starting July 26

    July 16, 2021 | 10:38 am

    Federal subsistence registration permits for permit hunts in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will be available starting Monday, July 26. Permits will be available for moose hunts in Unit 11 and a portion of Unit 12, a goat hunt in Unit 11, and sheep hunts for people 60 years of age or older in Units 11 and 12.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Hiker Dies in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

    June 26, 2021 | 3:51 pm

    On Friday, June 25, 2021, 52-year-old David Shrider stopped to take a break while hiking with five friends and family members on Donoho Peak in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve near Kennecott, AK.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Pioneers of Alaska Join the National Park Service to Dedicate Kennecott Cemetery Waysides

    June 21, 2021 | 10:23 am

    On Saturday, June 19, 2021, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve hosted a unique dedication ceremony at the historic Kennecott Cemetery, located in the Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark in Kennecott, AK. Co-hosted by members of the Pioneers of Alaska, and attended by the Recreational Aviation Foundation, the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians, and local community members, the dedication celebrated installation of new informational waysides about the cemetery.

    Read more at nps.gov