Unearthing Hidden Gems: Exploring America’s Largest, Yet Most Underrecognized National Park

Deep in the wilds of the United States lies a little-known treasure: the largest and yet most underestimated national park. Prepare to dive into an epic adventure, discovering grandiose landscapes and unexpected challenges. Welcome to the wild side!

Explore Wrangell-St Elias National Park

If you think you know everything about American national parks, think again ! THE Wrangell-St Elias National Park, located in Alaska, remains one of America’s most underrated gems. This park, the size of Switzerland, offers an impressive outdoor experience, often unnoticed by visitors eager for adventure.

A Vast Territory of Wild Nature

With more than 2,500 islands and breathtaking landscapes, Wrangell-St Elias attracts only a handful of visitors each year. In 2022, the park welcomed only 65,236 visitors, a surprisingly low figure for a site of such scale. This low influx is partly explained by its truly wild character, an irresistible invitation to seasoned adventurers.

Unrivaled Outdoor Activities

The park roads? Just two winding dirt roads, perfect for anyone looking to avoid the crowds and immerse themselves in nature. Prepare to meet grizzly bears, black And polar, as well as lynx, bison and moose, while exploring these rugged landscapes steeped in geological history.

Adventure Itineraries

Whether you are a fan of hiking, of camping or ice climbing, Wrangell-St Elias offers a range of activities to satisfy adventurers of all types:

  • Solo or guided hikes and treks
  • Climbing icy mountains
  • Kayaking and rafting on winding rivers
  • Exploring ice caves

Marvel at pristine nature, while bracing yourself for the unpredictability of moving glaciers, landslides and flash floods.

Choosing the Logistics of Your Excursion

Forthcoming Wrangell-St Elias requires precise logistics. After landing at Anchorage, plan for a 3.5-hour drive to the park’s visitor center. Whether you choose to rent a car (checking rental company restrictions) or take a shuttle, be aware of logistical challenges such as no gas stations in the park.

Accommodation and Camping

Entrance is free, and the park offers various options for camping :

  • Wild camping for the more adventurous
  • Basic campsites along the road Nabesna
  • The charming campsite of Kendesnii
  • Lodges like Wrangell Mountains Wilderness Lodge

After an adventure-filled day, you can choose to relax in the comfort of a lodge or continue enjoying the outdoors at a basic campsite.

Practical advice

Before embarking on this adventure, make sure you have all the hiking equipment necessary and to be well prepared. Always check local forecasts and ranger advice for a safe experience.

Ready to experience America’s largest and most underrated national park? Wrangell-St Elias awaits you with its breathtaking landscapes and unparalleled adventures!