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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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+1 800-582-5128
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 September 2015

We travelled to McCarthy and Kennicott on the Kennecott Shuttle (see separate review) to tour the Kennecott copper mine. The shuttle let us off on one side of the rive and we walked across a bridge and caught another shuttle to McCarthy and Kennicott. We...More

4  Thank scottie552
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 July 2016

It was fascinating to learn about this amazing enterprise, and the great lengths they took to process the copper. We had a 25 foot rental RV, so we paid $100/person to take a shuttle there and back from Kenny Lake, where we camped ("The Merc"...More

3  Thank John M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very different place to stop, full of copper mining history and showing the appalling working conditions back in the day. Thank your lucky stars you will never have to work here. It made millions of Dollars in copper ore for the owners.

Thank 865roger
Reviewed 31 August 2018

We really enjoyed the mill tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable of the mine and the mill. Its impressive what lengths were taken to get the copper out and the hardships endured by the miners. The McCarthy Rd in is long and rough but manageable....More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

This is one of the things I have wanted to do in Alaska for a while. We flew in for the day from Chitina. We did not do the paid tour as it is a lot of steep steps. I do not regret that at...More

1  Thank Gregory T
Reviewed 2 August 2018

It's much more than visiting the mill. It's about understanding the hardships these people lived to make this happen. It's about seeing that in the days, the glacier was 100 feet taller than it is today (i.e. the people at the mill couldn't see the...More

Thank Mike5466
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Surviving the McCarthy Road was worth it to see Kennecott. We opted not to take the guided tour (though would've had we had more time), but managed to see all the open exhibits and hiked around the property. Beautiful views up and down the valley...More

Thank eustace42
Reviewed 4 July 2018

The NP service is doing a really good job of maintaining and restoring the old mining site. We did not take the tour, but several buildings are open for a 'self-guided' tour. Ranger at the visitor center was very helpful with information about the mining...More

Thank RMabe_PA
Reviewed 29 June 2018

We went to Kennecott based on a brochure description of a historic town. It's a ghost town. The mines are not in Kennecott, just the old mill which is 14 stories high. Who wants to climb 14 floors in a falling down building. Town has...More

Thank Brian O
Reviewed 9 June 2018

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
Reviewed 22 May 2018

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
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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Jill L
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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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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