Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in southeastern Alaska was established in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. The park area is included in an International Biosphere Reserve and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest national park in the United States, covering an area of 20,587 square miles or over 13 million acres. In fact, it is larger than nine U.S. States.
Mount St. Elias is situated on the border of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Canada’s Kluane National Park and Reserve. At 18,008 feet, Mt. St. Elias is the second highest mountain in both Canada and the United States. In all, nine of the 16 highest peaks on U.S. soil are located in the park, along with North America’s largest subpolar icefield, glaciers, rivers, an active volcano, and the historic Kennecott copper mines. The vast majority of the park is designated as wilderness, and the Wrangell-St. Elias Wilderness is the largest designated wilderness in the United States.