Traveler's Guide to Chitina, Alaska

Chitina, Alaska

Maps of Chitina and the region

Chitina is located at the end of the Edgerton Cutoff highway, which splits or cuts off from the Richardson Highway south of Glennallen and north of Thompson pass. The McCarthy road starts at the Copper River and leads into the Wrangell - St. Elias National park. There is an airstrip here which is used by alaska bush pilots to transport visitors in the backcountry of the national park. The copper river is the dominate feature of the town and many people visit here for Dip-net fishing for the world renown, Copper River Red salmon.

The history of the area is tied to the native population and the Copper River Northwest Railroad, the famous railroad that carried copper from the Kennicott mines to Cordova. Chitina was a railway stop and relatively large town during the boom years of 1910-1938.

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Festivals and Events

The best way to see a place, anyone will tell you, is during a celebration. The townspeople are out and in the mood for fun. The air is light and happy, which make it easy for visitors to join in on the fun.

Travel Details



Alaska Halfway House Bed & Breakfast , Cabin, Bunkhouse, & Campgrounds
Chitina Guest Cabins  -Alaskan Log Cabin Lodging
We specialize in international and adventure travelers... We invite you to settle into one of our custom made log cabins in Chitina, the gateway to Wrangell St. Elias National Park and experience an authentic taste of the last frontier. 
Chitina House Bed & Breakfast
Historical Northwestern Railway Bunkhouse and Cook House         (907) 255-2298
Gilpatrick's Hotel Chitina 
 Historic 1914 hotel, fully restored and full service dining room and drinks          (907) 823-2244
Chitina Native Corporation 
RV Park, Convenience Store-groceries, soda, ice. laundry and shower        (907) 823-2223

Tours and Activities

Chitina is a sleepy Alaskan town that is the gateway to the McCarthy Road and the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

 The Copper River
The glacier slit gray waters of the Copper River slide past the town of Chitina. Here you can view the dip-netters in season or watch the fish wheels collect fish for subsistence fisherman.
Spirit Mountain Artworks   
 "Real art thrives in the shadow of Spirit Mountain",        summer  (907) 823-2222    winter phone    (907) 235-1014
Wrangell Mountain Air  
Scheduled flights and day trips to Kennicott-McCarthy from Chitina Airport, camping flyouts     (907) 554-4411

Interesting Extras

Tales of a rafting trip on the Copper River by the well known alaskan adventurer, Ralph Tingey.
Where the Hell Is Chitina? - Travel blog by Patti and Bill
You may know the famous "Wall Drug" bumper sticker. Alaskans have there own version of a popluar bumper sticker. "Where the hell is Chitina?". You'll notice it stamped on rusted old subarus everywhere.
The Wrangell Mountains from Nabesna to Chitina - August 2004



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