Located between mile 100 and mile 105 of the Richard Highway, Copper Center sits on the west bank of the Copper River at the confluence of the Klutina River. Copper Center is just west of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the largest national park in the United States. This national park provides many opportunities for backcountry exploration. Copper Center is home to about 370 hearty Alaskans. This area has long, cold winters and relatively warm summers. Temperature extremes have been recorded from minus 74 in the winter to a summer high of 96.
Ahtna Natives have occupied this area for over 5000 years, hunting, fishing and living a subsistence life-style. In 1901 the town was established as a supply center for miners. Today the economy is based on highway-related tourism and local services.
You will appreciate the scenic setting of the Copper River Princess Wilderness lodge. Tour options include a scenic float on the Gulkana and Copper Rivers or travel to Valdez, approximately 100 miles from Copper Center, and enjoy a glacier and wildlife cruise.