Kennecott Mill Town Tour

About the Activity

Kennecott, Alaska is a ghost town frozen in time. When the Kennecott Copper Corporation abruptly abandoned the town in 1938, they left behind their equipment, buildings, and personal belongings; yet, their stories of discovery, perseverance, and ingenuity live on! St. Elias Alpine Guides holds the exclusive concession with the National Park Service, and access to the 14-story Concentration Mill is only possible through this tour. Come see what it was like to live and work in this remote wilderness as you tour the town site with one of our knowledgeable guides. Listen to tales of lucky fortunes, tenacious frontiersmen, and tragic endings. Gain exclusive access to explore inside the 14-story mill building and several other historic buildings when you join our tour! Our 2-hour historic Mill Town Tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Kennecott, Alaska!

Availability and Prices

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

Travel Date


Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included:

  • Use of equipment: Other
  • Travel Itinerary

  • Total Duraration: 2.0 hours
  • Locations in the itinerary


    Starting Location

    Ending Location

    Ticket Redemption

    No redemption point. This is a direct entry ticket

  • Check-in with our staff in our Kennecott Office at least 10 minutes before the start of your tour. We are the second building on the left as you enter the Kennecott Town Site.

    Transportation to Kennecott is available via two shuttle options - the Copper Town Shuttle or the Blackburn Heritage Shuttle.

    The Copper Town Shuttle price is TBD for 2024. It has 2 scheduled pick-up locations - on the Eastside/McCarthy-side of the Footbridge and in McCarthy. The Copper Town Shuttle offers an hourly service leaving McCarthy at the bottom of the hour starting at 8:30 am and continuing until 6:30 pm. The first shuttle arrives in Kennecott at 9 am and the last shuttle of the day departs Kennecott at 7 pm. They also provide shuttle rides covering the ½ mile from the Footbridge to McCarthy starting at 8:45 am and running every half-hour following (9:15 am, 9:45 am, etc.) This shuttle does not go to Kennecott. It takes you into McCarthy where you can catch the shuttle to Kennecott.

    The Blackburn Heritage Shuttle costs $5 per one-way ticket and runs between the Footbridge, McCarthy, and Kennecott. In McCarthy they pick-up in front of the Potato - a local restaurant. They offer free rides to active duty military and their families, and minors under 18 travelling with parents. They run an hourly schedule starting at 9 am at the Footbridge (with an early bird pick-up at 8:15 am) and departing Kennecott at 9:30 am and every hour following (10:30 am, 11:30 am, etc.). Their final shuttle departs Kennecott at 6:30 pm. Please keep in mind that breaks can impact their schedule. This shuttle is a white short bus that you can’t miss if you see it!

    We recommend catching the shuttle at least 1.5 hours before the start of your tour, as space is limited.

    Please note that these shuttles are not owned or operated by St. Elias Alpine Guides. The price and schedule of the shuttles are subject to seasonal changes. We do our best to monitor these changes and update the information accordingly.
  • Pickup Information

    Customers must make their own way to and meet at the start point

    Additional Information

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Infants are required to be in a hands free carrier.
  • Not recommended for travelers who have difficulty walking.
  • Not recommended for travelers who experience extreme knee pain.
  • Language and Guide Availability

    Tour guide available in:

  • English
  • Ticket Policy

  • Mobile or paper ticket accepted
  • One ticket per booking.
  • Cancellation & Refunds

    Cancellable up to 24 hours before the travel date (local supplier time) for a full refund. A 100% cancellation penalty applies for cancellations submitted less than 24 hours before the start time.

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • Suplier may cancel the activity on account of bad weather conditions.
  • Cancel at least 1 day before activity starts in America/Anchorage time.
  • 100% refund if cancelled on time.
  • Operated by St. Elias Alpine Guides

    Created on 2024-02-09

    Last updated on 2024-05-15

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