the adventure of travel

Compared to locations like Anchorage or Fairbanks, McCarthy is a little off the beaten path! We thought it would be helpful to create a brief summary of the options for traveling to McCarthy. Remember, it takes a while to get to us, so plan on staying an extra night to truly explore the area.

Exclusive to McCarthy Lodge & Ma Johnson's Guests: allows SUV vehicles on the McCarthy Road with proof of full coverage of insurance. Alaska's offices for Budget Car Rental: toll free number 1-800-248-0150, or from overseas 1-907-243-0150.

Or to book online click here.

option #1: drive

The condition of the McCarthy Road has improved greatly over the past few years, so much so that many car rental companies are now willing to allow select vehicles on the McCarthy Road.

Here's a list of car rental companies with promotional codes that allow you access to their vehicles for travel on the McCarthy Road:



Driving Directions


  • 307 mile
  • East on Glen Hwy
  • 7 hours travel time


  • 128 miles
  • South on the Edgerton Hwy
  • 3h 45m travel time


  • 371 miles
  • South on the Richardson Hwy
  • 8 hours travel time

Copper Town Shuttle 



$20 For your entire stay 

Includes Golden Saloon* Late Night Shuttles 

*Golden Saloon Late Night Shuttles for Open Mic Thursdays & Weekend Band nights; also includes Salmon & Bear Shuttle back to Kennicott or the Footbridge.


    $20 Good for up to 7 days              $45 Season Pass for Locals

Getting around once your in the park:
Copper Town Shuttle provides NPS Authorized (CUA) National Park Shuttle Services between the towns of McCarthy & Kennicott.
  • Scheduled, Frequent, Reliable 
  • Professional Drivers 
  • Fleet of New Vans 
Always Free Shuttle between the Parking lot Bridge & The McCarthy Center.
Also ask about a ride in one of McCarthy Lodge's collection of Alaskan Antique Autos

option #2: fly

Flying in to the back-country of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is, for many, a trip of a lifetime. The remote areas of this pristine world heritage site are accessible by bush plane, offering a variety of outdoor experiences unique to Alaska. Many visitors are finding that a fly-in guided day trip is a great way to experience the back-country, yet return to the comfort of Ma Johnson's Hotel.

option #3: shuttle

Whether you're wanting to do a day trip or multi-day stay and don't want to leave a rental car sitting, there are several shuttle options for you. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you are driven to us.


If you are in McCarthy, do not miss staying at Ma Johnon’s Hotel. It has remarkable atmosphere, it is super clean and inviting. The owner, Neil, went out of his way to help us plan. They serve great breakfast and the price is very reasonable. We are on our way back!

- 70ava