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Kennecott Copper Mine

Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
+1 800-582-5128
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A massive copper mine which closed in 1938.
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Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

We were there in October, so we had to hike in--in summer, there's a shuttle. It's a full village, much of it preserved in the condition it was left in when the mine shut down in the 1930's. All of the buildings were locked up...More

Thank Mnbiker
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We found the tour to visit the Kennecott mine very interesting. It is not an excursion for people with mobility problems, as you have to go down and climb a lot of stairs. They provide us with a helmet to protect us from any blow...More

Thank N52FRD
Reviewed 20 July 2017

1. In order to get to this National Park they recommend you purchase shuttle tickets and have them pick you up at your place. The road to get there is a two hour extremely bumpy ride. The driver told us that due to budget cuts...More

1  Thank Irene J
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Don't even think about this tour or attraction if you can not walk several miles - climb stairs of a 13 story building ! I had read about this and couldn't wait to see it only to find this whole area has No Handicap access...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The Kennecott mine closed in the 1930's when the copper ran out and the company gave workers 24 hour notice that they had to take the train out or find their own way back to "civilization". The National Park Service has bought as much of...More

Thank deepwoods
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This really takes you back. I was here many years ago before it was a destination. I got to explore on my own and at my own pace. It was really a neat place if you enjoy history and gorgeous scenery. I was able to...More

Thank Dwight M M
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Absolutely loved this tour guided by Bryson. We had the $27 tour and it was money well spent. He really made the tour inside the buildings interesting and fun. He encouraged tus to touch, turn and move the equipment that was safe to use. After...More

1  Thank SalsaKing
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We did the park sanctioned tour, which included a hike up the hillside and then a descent fourteen floors through the mill building - quite impressive! Both the scenery and narrative are fascinating, so even if you are not a history buff, I would book...More

Thank Bzuefishx
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Difficult to get to but worth the effort. Very much part of Alaskan Commercial Mining history. Pretty much a "ghost town" but there has been restoration and it is well managed by the National Park Service (free entry). There are many buildings remaining some just...More

Thank Aussieidler
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Very interesting part of history.. We did the National Park 45 minute tour and we also do the 2 hour tour where you actually get to go in the mine. National Park tour was free and the 2 hour tour was around $27 per person....More

2  Thank Arkansastraveler74
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Charles H
26 June 2017|
Response from Charles H |
What chemicals are in the tailings piles?
17 December 2016|
Response from Bzuefishx | Reviewed this property |
Fly into Anchorage or Fairbanks. Rentals available at both airports, though expensive in the summer. Check with the rental company though as most do not allow you to drive on McCarthy Rd. There is an airstrip in McCarthy and... More
5 September 2015|
Response from Jamie H |
Usually the Princess Lodge can help you arrange a trip out to McCarthy/Kennecott. Also, there are shuttle services that go from Glennallen to McCarthy, as well (search Kennicottshuttle). The National Park Service provides... More