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Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve Alaska

Accessibility Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center: The main park visitor center, exhibit building, and theater are wheelchair accessible. The grounds have paved walkways, accessible restrooms, and a scenic section of the boreal forest nature trail is paved, providing inspiring views of the Wrangell Mountains and Copper River. During summer months, park rangers regularly present short interpretive programs along the paved section of this trail. Kennecott Area: Kennecott is a remote historic site lacking pavement and modern conveniences. However, Wrangell-St. Elias is making every effort to incorporate modern accessibility standards as the site renovations take place. The Kennecott Recreation Hall has a wheelchair accessible ramp. The Power Plant has a street level viewing deck. The deck of the Blackburn School has a wheelchair accessible ramp and view of the dairy barn and glacier. All outhouses in Kennecott meet ADA standards and the Kennecott Visitor Center entrance is accessible. However, due to the rugged location of the place, many of the approaches to the buildings, while navigable by many new wheelchairs, do not meed ADA standards. None of the pathways are paved, historic rail lines are still in place, and the interior of some of the buildings are a network of stairs and elevated walkways. The newly remodeled door at the top of the historic mill is wheelchair accessible. By appointment rangers are available to transport visitors in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments to the top story of the mill where they can see the tram lines coming in from the Bonanza and Jumbo Mines and the top floor of the crushers. On a sunny day, this location also has a stunning view of Mount Blackburn, the Kennicott Glacier, the Chugach Mountains, and McCarthy. Captions for the The Kennecott Mill film can be turned on upon request. Simply ask the ranger introducing the film to turn on the captions. Hearing Assistance A Hearing Helper Tour Guide System (216 MHz) is available for use with any of the regularly scheduled National Park Service Ranger Programs and for the Mill Tours provided by St. Elias Alpine Guides. The system amplifies the sound of the program leader's voice. It can accommodate up to six hard-of-hearing participants at a time. * Entrance fees are free with America the Beautiful Pass. Pass may be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using the application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free). Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship

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