Located along the Glenn Highway, 189 miles northeast of Anchorage, the town of Glennallen sits at the forks of the roads to Valdez and the Canadian Border. This small community, with a population of just over 550, provides travelers with a welcome respite from the road, as well as being a destination for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.
The area was originally occupied by the Ahtna Indians. In 1899 the U.S. Army built a trail between the towns of Valdez and Eagle, which eventually became the Richardson Highway. The building of the Glenn Highway in the 1940's brought about more settlers, with the Trans Alaska Pipeline creating more jobs for locals into the late 70's. Today, Glennallen relies on tourism and government agencies such as state highway maintenance and the Dept. of Fish and Game who bring workers into the region.
Being just outside the boundary of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Glennallen can serve as a great base for visitors. Big game hunting abounds, as well as fishing, hiking, rafting and flightseeing. The Copper River has world class salmon fishing, with tours of the surrounding valley offered through assorted companies. There are campgrounds, RV parks, motels and Bed and Breakfasts readily available, as well as restaurants and grocery stores.
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