Wrangell-St. Quietest

Theresa on the porch of a public use cabin

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is massive.  It’s the second largest park in the world.  Six Yellowstone parks could fit within its boundary.  If there was a highway around its perimeter, it would take you 10 hours to drive around the park at 60 miles an hour.

Not only is the park big, it’s remote.  There are only two gravel roads leading partway into the park.  Otherwise visitors must hike or fly in.  With such an isolated, forbidding landscape—25% of which is covered by permanent ice or glaciers—only 60,000 people visit the park each year, a fraction of the four million people that visit Yellowstone.

With so few people and so much land, Wrangell-St. Elias is quiet.  So quiet that it often felt like we had cotton stuffed in our ears.  It was one of the quietest places we’ve ever been.

Wrangell-St. Elias is the ultimate wilderness park.  Please check out our photo tour to see more of this wild wonderland.

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