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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska
National Park Service photo Jacob Frank


America’s Largest National Park

Wrangell St. Elias is a vast national park that rises from the ocean all the way up to 18,008 ft. Mount St. Elias. At 13.2 million acres, it’s the same size as Yellowstone Nat. Park, Yosemite Nat. Park, and Switzerland combined!

Four major mountain ranges meet in the park, which include nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States. The Wrangells huddle in the northern interior. The Chugach guard the southern coast. The Saint Elias Mountains rise abruptly from the Gulf of Alaska to thrust northward past the Chugach on toward the Wrangells. The eastern end of the Alaska Range-mapped as the Nutzotin and Mentasta mountains-forms part of the preserve’s northern boundary. (NPS)


Trail Creek in Fall Colors • NPS photo Bryan Petrtyl


Mount Sanford • Wrangell-St.-Elias National Preserve
photo courtesy Alaska Trekker






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