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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
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Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We would highly recommend this tour of the Kennecott Copper Mine to all. We decided to drive to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park which was quite an experience. First you drive 33 miles on paved two lane road to Chitina. There the road turns to a...More

Thank Vicki S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove the 60 miles into the park to see the old mine. It was totally worth it. My two sons and I hiked to the trail above the mine. The scenery is a ten. The Wrangell mountains are amazing. I would recommend this trip to...More

2  Thank Fred B
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Very interesting to see how mining factories was made in early days. Light meals available on site. Free entry but you need a bus ride from McCarthy, which costs about 5 US$.

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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

2  Thank Mnbiker
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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

3  Thank N52FRD
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Reviewed 21 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

3  Thank Irene J
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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

1  Thank Bob S
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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

3  Thank deepwoods
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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

1  Thank Dwight M M
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Reviewed 18 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

3  Thank SalsaKing
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JLitten617
29 May 2018|
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Response from helenZ9924CL |
Yes you can, but I recommend you take the tour also as it is interesting and fun. You have to hike to the top of the mine anyway, as the mine tour starts at the top. Around 14 flights of safe steps, but all down... More
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Charles H
26 June 2017|
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Response from deepwoods | Reviewed this property |
Can't post links, but do a search for a document that explains the mine history and process- A History of the Kennecott Mines Kennecott, Alaska by William D. Douglas. Most was gravity separation (thus the 10 story... More
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17 December 2016|
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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
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