Glennallen is located on the Glenn Highway, near its junction with the Richardson Highway, 189 miles northeast of Anchorage and 141 miles southwest of Tok.
Visitor Information: Copper River Valley Visitor Information Center is located at the junction of the Richardson and Glenn Highways adjacent The Hub of Alaska service station, gas, diesel, snacks and groceries; phone 907-822-3555.
The name Glennallen is derived from the combined last names of Capt. Edwin F. Glenn and Lt. Henry T. Allen, both leaders in the early exploration of the Copper River region. Glennallen stretches along several miles of the Glenn Highway west from its junction with the Richardson Highway. The Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Troopers and Dept. of Fish and Game have offices here. Glennallen is also home to the state’s only accredited resident 4-year Bible college. Glennallen is headquarters for Ahtna Incorporated; Ahtna Land Use Permits may be purchased at headquarters or online. Also headquartered here is KCAM radio, which broadcasts the popular “Caribou Clatters.”
Accommodations and dining at The Caribou Hotel, Restaurant and Service Station. Camping at Northern Nights Campground RV Park & Cabins and 14 miles west of town at Tolsona Wilderness Campground and next door at the Ranch House Lodge, cabin rentals and camping, restaurant and bar at the Ranch House Lodge.; camping 3 miles northeast of town at Dry Creek State Recreation Site. Camping also 15 miles north of Glennallen on the Richardson Highway, at Ahtna Inc.’s Sailors Campground (MP 129.5).
Groceries, espresso, deli and bakery at Copper Valley IGA phone 907-822-3334. Services also include a Wells Fargo Bank with ATM, First National Bank Alaska with ATM, a dentist, several churches, a chiropractic center, a laundromat, gas stations and major auto repair. WiFi access at the Hub of Alaska, the Caribou Hotel and Copper Valley Community Library. The Cross Road Medical Center clinic has EMS and 24-hour emergency care with pharmacy and clinic, phone 907-822-3203.
- Aspen Interpretive Trail is a 1-mile walk through 3 boreal forest ecosystems.
- Copper Basin 300 Dog Sled Race, held the second Saturday in January, is a qualifier for the Iditarod, attracting a variety of participants, from top mushers to first time rookies.
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center is about 10 miles from Glennallen on the Richardson Highway and well worth a visit. Great views of Mount Drum from town on clear days.
- Grayling fishing and good king and red salmon fishing (June and July) in the Gulkana River at the Gulkana River bridge on the Richardson Highway.