Glennallen is known for its outstanding scenery, great fishing and of course, its friendly people. It is located in the Copper River Basin, at the junction of the Glenn and Richardson Highways. Glennallen is the gateway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the largest National Park in the United States.

In 1898 the Glennallen area saw an influx of gold seekers headed for the Klondike Gold Fields. This route was chosen by many in an effort to avoid tariffs that were being assessed by the Canadian Government. The ploy failed as the gold seekers still had to enter Canada to get to Dawson City.

As the major population center of the Copper River Basin, Glennallen is a great basecamp for exploring the area. The world famous Copper River, the tenth longest river in the United States, winds through the region. This 290 mile river is also called the Ahtna River and is best known for Copper River Salmon which is served in some of the finest restaurants in North America.

Copper Valley Visitor Center at the junction of the Glenn and Richardson Hwys, beside the Hub of Alaska. 907-822-5555

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Things to do in Glennallen Alaska

Glennallen attracts people who love the outdoors. It is in the Copper River area, which is one of the best sport fishing rivers in Alaska. Glennallen is also on the border of the Wrangell St-Elias National Park, the largest National Park in Alaska. The most common way that visitors explore this park is to go to explore the Kennicott area and the small town of McCarthy. Kennecott is a famous ghost town, with an abandoned copper mine. You can stay and explore the Kennicott Glacier area at the Kennicott Glacier Lodge.

It is possible to drive to McCarthy, but the road from Chitna to McCarthy is very rough and is a difficult to drive. We recommend flying in with Wrangell Mt. Air.

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