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

Best Places to Stay in Glennallen

Caribou Hotel & RV Park

Caribou Hotel has two-bedroom suites with kitchens available with comfortable Sealy mattresses. Standard rooms have DIRECTV, flat screen TV, microwave, and mini fridge. The on-site restaurant serves delicious food. Caribou Hotel RV Park has 12 full hook-up sites available. 

Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge

Overlooking the towering mountains of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, this lodge features a true wilderness experience. Explore river rafting, hiking, fishing and excursions into the historic Kennecott mining district. Restaurant, bar & grill, espresso bar, gift shop and tour desk.13 miles south of Glennallen on the Richardson Highway.

Northern Nights Campground

Northern Nights Campground has 28 wooded campsites for RVs and tents. Full-service, partial service (30 amp & water) and dry sites available. Showers & free Wi-fi included. Northern Nights also have small Euro-style cabins. Less than a half mile from the Richardson Highway Junction.

Best Things to Do in Glennallen

Wrangell Mountain Air

Wrangell Mountain Air is your ticket to the wonders of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Based at McCarthy near the center of the park, the company offers fly-in day trips. Come experience world class flight seeing in what has been described as the Himalayas of North America. Fly-in day hikes, backpacking and river trips are a great way to experience the remote backcountry on Wrangell-St. Elias. Take advantage of three daily flights from Chitina to McCarthy and spend a couple of days in the area. Charter flights from Glennallen can be arranged or drive 1 hour south to Chitina.


Shopping in Glennallen

Copper Valley IGA

Copper Valley IGA is a full service grocery store in the heart of Glennallen. They have a Butcher shop, Deli and Espresso Cafe. 

Hub of Alaska

Hub of Alaska.  At the junction of the Glenn Highway and Richardson Highways. Convenience store and gift shop. Full line of groceries, snacks, ice, coffee, fishing tackle and licenses. Alaskan made gifts. ATM Tesoro gas, diesel, propane & oil.


Glennallen, Alaska FAQs

How did Glennallen Alaska get its Name?

Glennallen was named after two nearby rivers, the Glenn River and the Allen River. The name was established in the early 1900s when the construction of the Richardson Highway brought settlers and development to the area.

When is the hunting season in Glennallen, AK?

The hunting seasons in Glennallen, Alaska, vary depending on the game. Generally, hunting opportunities include moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and other small game species. It’s important to check with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for specific dates, regulations, and permits required.

Where should I stay in Glennallen?

The Caribou Hotel, located in the heart of Glennallen, offers comfortable rooms and excellent amenities for travelers. Its convenient location provides easy access to Glennallen’s shopping and restaurants. 

Caribou Hotel has two-bedroom suites with kitchens available, Sealy mattresses and is handicap accessible. Standard rooms have DIRECTV, flat screen TV, microwave, and mini fridge. The on-site restaurant serves delicious food. Mile 187 Glenn Highway. Caribou Hotel RV Park has 12 full hook-up sites available. 907-822-3302.

When is the cheapest time to visit Glennallen?

The cheapest time to visit Glennallen is typically during the shoulder seasons, which are spring and fall. During these times, you can find more affordable accommodation rates and experience the beauty of the region without the peak tourist crowds. May and early June in Alaska as well as September into early October are considered the shoulder season in Alaska.

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