Wrangell–Saint Elias Wilderness

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Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
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Map showing the location of Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness
Map showing the location of Wrangell-Saint Elias Wilderness
Location Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States
Coordinates 61°16′N 141°36′W / 61.267°N 141.600°W / 61.267; -141.600Coordinates: 61°16′N 141°36′W / 61.267°N 141.600°W / 61.267; -141.600
Area 9,078,675 acres (36,740.09 km2)
Established 1980
Governing body National Park Service

Wrangell–Saint Elias Wilderness is a wilderness area located in southwestern Alaska in the United States. At 9,078,675 acres (3,674,009 ha), the Wrangell–Saint Elias Wilderness is the largest designated U.S. Wilderness Area. The wilderness lies within Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest national park in the United States[1].

The wilderness contains the most extensive glaciation in Alaska (with more than 100 glaciers), nine of North America's 16 highest peaks (many over 16,000 feet), the 90-mile-long and 4,000-foot-thick Bagley Icefield (North America's largest subpolar ice field), and the Malaspina Glacier, which spreads 50 percent larger than the state of Delaware.

The wilderness area is part of the Kluane / Wrangell–St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek international park system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in Canada and the U.S.

The wilderness is home to many animals, including Dall sheep, grizzly bears, black bears, coyotes, bison, caribou, wolverines, moose, beavers, mountain goats, gray wolves, red foxes, and marmots.

See also


  • Wilderness.net (public domain)
  • National Park Service
  • Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act
  • Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act - Public Law 96-487
  1. ^ http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wid=660 Wilderness.net
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