Wrangell Mountain Air
Flying Wrangell-St. Elias National Park since 1992

Day-Trip Packages

Guests who are short on time choose a day-trip out of Chitina. After the short but beautiful flight into the Kennicott Valley, visitors either join up with a guide to explore the blue-and-white Root Glacier or explore the historic frontier town of McCarthy and get a guided tour of the abandoned Kennecott company town and mill building. Lunch and transportation included.


Day Trips in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Fly-In Adventure & Historical Experiences iN Kennecott and McCarthy, Alaska

Photo by  Lucas Moore .

Photo by Lucas Moore.


Short on Time? Make it a Day-Trip.

Can’t imagine skipping this tucked-away little place, but don’t have much wiggle room in the schedule? No worries! Visitors on a time crunch love the fly-in and fly-out day-trips. Whether setting foot on a blue-white glacier is high priority on your bucket list or you are fascinated by the rich copper mining history of Kennecott, this option is for you. You may still leave thinking, “I’ve got to come back!” but this will hold you over until then.

Flights Leave
Chitina 9:05a
McCarthy 5:00p

Flights Arrive 
McCarthy 9:40a
Chitina 5:30p

Glacier Adventure Day-Trip

$422.75/person Guided Glacier Adventure Day Hike and Flight Package

Join your St. Elias Alpine guide on Main Street in Kennecott for a half-day hike on the Root Glacier with sack lunch included. Along the moderate hike out of Kennecott, your guide will explain the natural history of the area including: wildflowers, geology, and the effects glaciers have had upon the landscape. Once at the Root Glacier, you’ll strap on crampons, and step onto an undulating blue river of ice. Hiking out across the ice as far as you can, you'll discover the many different features on the surface of the glacier: crevasses, blue pools, moulins, and perhaps even an ice cave. The color and beauty of these features will astound you as you pause to enjoy the delicious sack lunch provided by the Kennicott Glacier Lodge. The glacier hike requires that you be able to walk on lightly rolling terrain with some uneven surfaces for 5 miles. Bring a camera, warm clothes, rain jacket, and boots or shoes you can hike in.  

Joined a day trip with Wrangell Mountain Air - flight from Chitina to McCarthy, followed by a transfer to Kennecott and an afternoon hiking to and on the Root Glacier. The flight tour was fantastic, the weather was great and you could see the Kennicott and Root Glaciers on your way in and out of McCarthy. Glacier hike was fantastic as well, it was a quiet day so I got to explore the glacier with my guide who showed me many interesting features and answered all my questions about the park. Highly recommended!
— Chor, from Japan

Historical Day Trip

$358.50/person Kennecott Tour and Flight Package

As a less strenuous option, start the day with the lovely 9:00am flight to McCarthy, a quaint little frontier town, and visit the McCarthy - Kennicott Historical Museum housed in the century-old train depot. They offer an excellent self-guided walking tour of McCarthy Once you have finished exploring McCarthy, take the shuttle up to Kennecott for a delicious meal at Kennicott Glacier Lodge. Afterwards, join the 2.5 hour guided tour of the town and historic copper mill building before the 5pm scenic flight returns to Chitina.

...Our guide did a great job walking us through town and ultimately into the actual mine building. He was a wealth of information and obviously very enthusiastic about what he does. He was also very patient and helpful to some older people in our group who needed a little extra help with the stairs... The flight back was smooth and very scenic, and [the pilot] was informative as we flew over sights. Really nice guy. Would definitely recommend this day trip with Wrangell Mountain Air, it was surprisingly affordable, very enjoyable, and very well organized. Everyone we dealt with, from making the reservation to our flight back, was a pleasure.
— Anonymous, from Pennsylvania

Reservations and Cancellations

Reservations require a 100% deposit at the time of booking. If deposit is not received within 3 days, the booking is not final and is subject to cancellation. Flights cancelled by Wrangell Mountain Air due to weather receive a full refund. All other cancellations made 30+ days in advance result in a 10% cancellation fee of total flight cost; cancellations made within less than 30 days, 25% of total flight cost. No refunds are issued for cancellations within 24 hours of the flight.