Daily Summer Van Service on the McCarthy Road

CHITINA – MCCARTHY SHUTTLES

Traveling to McCarthy, AK?

Leave the driving to us, and avoid the stress of taking your own vehicle on the McCarthy Road. We offer daily van service on the 60-mile gravel road between Chitina and McCarthy, from May 15 to September 15. Travel with a local, watch for wildlife, and enjoy spectacular wilderness and railroad history.

See fishwheels turning on the Copper River.

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RATES

     One-Way: $80 per person

     Round-Trip Same Day: $130 per person

     Round-Trip Different-Day: $144 per person

RESERVATIONS

Call us at 1(907)390-0369, email info@alaskayukontravel.com, or reserve online.

Copper River Buffalo at Mile 5 McCarthy Road

AM and PM SHUTTLE DEPARTURES

AM SHUTTLE Departs DAILY:

     Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park: 6:45 am

     Wrangell-St Elias Tours Office, Kenny Lake: 6:55 am

     Chitina Airstrip/Wrangell View RV Park: 7:15 am

     Chitina Hotel: 7:30 am 

     Arrives at McCarthy Footbridge: 10:00 am

PM SHUTTLE Departs M, W, F, SA

Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park: 1:55 pm

Wrangell-St Elias Tours Office, Kenny Lake: 2:00 pm

Chitina Airstrip: 2:45 pm

Chitina Hotel: 3:00 pm

Arrives at McCarthy Footbridge: 6:00 pm

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PARKING

Free parking is available at our office in Kenny Lake (mile 7.8 Edgerton Highway) and at the Chitina airstrip (mile 28 Edgerton highway.)

We can pick up/drop off directly at your hotel, lodge, campground, or Bed & Breakfast in Copper Center, Kenny Lake, Tonsina, or Chitina.

CAN YOU FLY TO MCCARTHY AND THEN TAKE THE VAN BACK TO CHITINA?

Yes! The Chitina Airstrip is a great place to leave your car or RV during your day trip or overnight stay. It is also a popular pick-up/drop-off point for shuttle passengers.

You can ride the van from the Chitina Airstrip to McCarthy in the morning, and fly back to the Chitina Airstrip in the evening. Or, take a later flight from Chitina to McCarthy, and ride the shuttle back to your car when you’re ready.

Scenic flights are available between Chitina and McCarthy three times a day in summer. Contact Wrangell Mountain Air at 1-907-554-4411 for flight information. http://www.wrangellmountainair.com

WHERE TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN MCCARTHY KENNICOTT

Here is a list of accommodations in McCarthy-Kennicott that are well-suited for shuttle passengers.

HOTELS & LODGES

Kennicott Glacier Lodge http://www.kennicottlodge.com
Located in Kennicott, 5 miles from the footbridge. Hotel provides van transportation to/from lodge. Offers: restaurant meal packages, vacation packages, private in-room bathrooms. Walking distance to glacier and historic attractions.

Ma Johnson’s Hotel http://www.mccarthylodge.com
A historic property located in McCarthy, 0.5 mile from the footbridge. Hotel provides van transportation to/from lodge. Offers: breakfast, shared bathrooms. Walking distance to restaurants, museum, rivers,
shuttles to Kennicott, and flight service.

Shushanna Guesthouse http://www.mccarthyguesthouse.com
Located in McCarthy, 0.5 mile from the footbridge.
Transportation between the footbridge and your accommodation is
provided. Offers: 2 modern apartments with private bath, kitchen. Each unit can sleep up to 5 people. Large deck. Walking distance to restaurants, museum, shuttles to Kennicott, guides, and flight service.

CABINS

McCarthy B & B http://www.mccarthybedandbreakfast.com
Road accessible, located 0.5 mile before the footbridge. Offers:
breakfast, private cabins, full bathrooms. Some cabins have kitchens. Walking distance to footbridge, museum, restaurants, flight and
shuttle services.

Kennicott River Lodge http://www.kennicottriverlodge.com
Road accessible, just before the footbridge. Offers: private cabins, kitchen access, shared bathrooms, glacier views. Walking distance to footbridge, museum, restaurants, flight and shuttle service.

Blackburn Cabins http://www.blackburncabins.com
Located on the wagon road between McCarthy and Kennicott, about one mile beyond the footbridge. Provides transportation to/from footbridge. Offers: private cabins, bike rentals.

CAMPGROUNDS

Glacier View Campground www.glacierviewcampground.com
Located on the McCarthy Road, 0.5 miles before the footbridge. Offers (dry) campsites, glacier views, an outdoor restaurant, bike rentals, showers, cabin rental. Walking distance to footbridge, museum, restaurants, flight and shuttle service.

RETURN SHUTTLES: FROM MCCARTHY TO CHITINA, KENNY LAKE, VALDEZ, OR ANCHORAGE

We have 2 departures from the McCarthy Footbridge to Chitina: 10:00 am, and 6:00 pm.

The 10:00 am shuttle departs from McCarthy DAILY and can connect with trips to Valdez (daily) or Anchorage (4 days a week.)

     Departs McCarthy Footbridge: 10:00 am

     Arrives Chitina Hotel: 1:00 pm

     Arrives Chitina Airstrip/Wrangell View RV Park: 1:15 pm   

The 6:00 pm shuttle departs from McCarthy DAILY:

     Departs McCarthy Footbridge: 6:00 pm

     Arrives Chitina Hotel: 8:30 pm

     Arrives Chitina Airstrip/Wrangell View RV Park: 8:45 pm

  

 

All shuttle arrival times are approximate and can vary depending on weather, wildlife, passenger load, road conditions, and unscheduled stops. We are not responsible for road closures for any reason.

MCCARTHY TO VALDEZ SHUTTLE

MCCARTHY TO ANCHORAGE SHUTTLE

Mt Wrangell is an active volcano with an enormous amount of snow and ice.

A NOTE FOR RV TRAVELERS:

The McCarthy Road is narrow, uneven, and brushy in some areas. Railroad spikes from the old Copper River & Northwestern Railroad, which the road is built upon, still surface. Most RV Rental companies prohibit RV travel on this rural, gravel road.

Whether you are going into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for the day or planning to stay overnight, you can safely leave your RV in Chitina or Kenny Lake, and take the shuttle on the McCarthy Road.

RV Camping with full-hookups is available near the Chitina Airstrip (mile 28 Edgerton Highway) at the Wrangell View RV Park, and in Kenny Lake, at the Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park (mile 7.5 Edgerton Highway.) We can pick you up and drop you off right at your RV.

Other great places to (dry) camp include Squirrel Creek Campground near the Tonsina River, or Liberty Falls, a small campground with a waterfall on the road to Chitina. Arrive early to acquire a site, and let us know where you decide to camp, so we can arrange an easy pick up for your trip.

If you would like to visit us at our Kenny Lake office/shop located at mile 7.8 Edgerton Highway, a large highway pullout just across the road from our location offers easy RV parking. Heading towards Chitina, after you pass the Mercantile and the Community Hall and Fairgrounds, the pull-out will be on the right at “Kenny Lake.” Our office/shop is a small cabin across the road on the left.

Please contact us if you have any questions or need help planning your trip. Give us a call at 1(907)390-0369 — or send your email to: info@alaskayukontravel.com. Let’s get started planning your trip to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park today!

The old Train Depot at McCarthy — now the home of the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum.


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Stop to see and photograph the Yaks on the way to Chitina.


Do you have only one day to visit Wrangell-St Elias National Park?

Our 12.5 hour tour from Chitina gives you eight hours of free time at McCarthy and Kennicott, so you can hike or enjoy additional tours. And our Full-Day Trip with Root Glacier Hike makes it easy to add the popular guided glacier hike to your one-day trip.

The Full-Day Trip gives you eight hours of free time at McCarthy-Kennicott, so there is time to walk to the glacier, visit the museum, and see the exhibits and historic sights around the towns of Kennicott and McCarthy.

The Full Day Trip with Root Glacier Hike includes transportation to Kennicott and a guided hike on the white ice of the Root Glacier, which is accessed via a two-mile trail from Kennicott. See and photograph moulins, waterfalls, blue pools, crevasses, and other unique glacial features. Your guide provides all of the equipment and instruction necessary to traverse the glacier ice safely.

A blue pool on the Root Glacier


Do you have questions? Call us at 1 (907) 390-0369, or email: info@alaskayukontravel.com