Wrangell-St. Elias Tours provides summer van tours and transportation services to McCarthy-Kennicott, in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, taking you far into areas of stunning scenic beauty, and astounding history.
Daily summer shuttles and tours on the McCarthy Road originate in the Copper River Valley, in small communities like Chitina and Kenny Lake, where you can stay at a campground, cabin, or bed and breakfast. Our office is located at mile 7.8 Edgerton Highway in Kenny Lake, Alaska — 26 miles before the Chitina gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Whether you are going to McCarthy-Kennicott on a one-day trip, overnight, or planning to spend a week or more backpacking in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, our shuttles offer dependable and cost-effective transportation on the McCarthy Road.
AND — Wrangell-St. Elias Tours also provides a direct summer shuttle service between Anchorage and McCarthy four days a week!
Shuttles between Anchorage and McCarthy include a stop at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Information Center near Copper Center. Travelers have an opportunity to see exhibits, explore trails, and learn more about Wrangell-St Elias geology, wildlife, and the native culture and history in this part of Alaska.
WHY TRAVEL THE MCCARTHY ROAD?
The McCarthy Road is a narrow gravel road through true Alaskan wilderness. Built on the old railbed of the Copper River & Northwestern Railroad, the McCarthy Road features original historic train bridges, sweeping views of glacial river valleys, and some of the highest peaks in Alaska (on clear days!) Dense willow and alder forests — ideal bear-habitat — occasionally give way to beautiful reflective ponds where busy beavers are actively changing the landscape (and the road!)
See dip-netters catching salmon in the Copper River at Chitina. Stop to smell the wild sage, wild berries, spruce, and alder. Feel the wind on your face as you immerse yourself in the solitude of the Alaska wilderness. You’ll get some fantastic photos of the scenic vistas and historic train relics, and have a great story to tell about the experience. Every trip on the McCarthy Road is an adventure.
Throughout the seasons, wildflowers, wild mushrooms, and wild berries adorn the McCarthy Road. Trumpeter swans, Northern Hawk Owls, Great Grey Owls, and eagles are often seen on our trips. Bears, fox, lynx, moose, porcupines, and even Copper River buffalo have been seen on the McCarthy Road. Sunny summer days reveal the far-off glacial peaks of distant Wrangell volcanoes. And we believe that fall reflections on the McCarthy Road offer some of the prettiest photo opportunities in Alaska.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
Road conditions on the McCarthy Road can range from “great” to “grueling” depending on weather, traffic, and time of year. There are dangerous permafrost heaves and dips on seemingly “paved” sections of the road, giant potholes, sharp rocks, mudslides, rockslides, and loose railroad spikes from the historic railroad that can catch any vehicle by surprise.
Our drivers know the hazards and conditions of the road, so you don’t have to worry about it. Wrangell-St. Elias Tours has been providing reliable van service to McCarthy-Kennicott since 2006. We have a unique schedule that saves you time, worry, and money when traveling to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park from Anchorage or the Copper River Valley.
Our drivers are knowledgeable local residents with great stories and capable skills. Our goal is to provide you a safe, fun, and informative trip in the Alaska wilderness.
TEN TOP REASONS TO VISIT MCCARTHY, ALASKA
TAKE A HIKE
Walk to town. Walk on a glacier. Climb to old mines above treeline. Fly out to secluded lakes and valleys for remote wilderness hiking and backpacking.
EXPERT GUIDE SERVICES
Learn to ice climb, camp out on a glacier, or ascend a peak! Highly qualified guides in McCarthy and Kennicott provide equipment and instruction for adventurers of all skill-levels.
AWESOME RIVER RAFTING
Watch for wildlife as you float a glacial river through untamed Alaska wilderness.
TOUR HISTORIC KENNECOTT
Discover the amazing history of the Kennecott Copper Mine.
See and photograph glaciers and some of the worlds largest icefields.
GREAT FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
Fast-food, family-style, gourmet, outdoors — there’s an impressive selection of restaurant options — with beer, wine, music, and even a full service bar in McCarthy providing local entertainment.
UNIQUE ALASKAN ACCOMMODATIONS
Sleep in a hand-made log cabin. Enjoy authentic amenities at a historic hotel. Make local friends at a comfortable B & B. Wherever you stay, you’re set for a memorable trip.
SMALL TOWN CHARM
Most of the dogs really do run loose, and they all get along fine. And it’s okay to say “hi” to everyone you meet — it’s fun, and it’s kind of expected.
UNPLUG (A LITTLE)
No TVs in this off-the-grid community means watching the sunrise, sunset, or campfire is an acceptable alternative. But yes, there is internet, and your (Verizon) cell phone will still work here.
DIRECT SHUTTLES FROM ANCHORAGE AND THE COPPER RIVER VALLEY
You don’t have to abuse your own vehicle on the McCarthy Road. Direct van service from Anchorage eliminates many cost barriers associated with accessing the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Call Wrangell-St Elias Tours at 1-907-390-0369, or email firstname.lastname@example.org