common questions


do the cabins have wifi?

The cabins offer guests a great opportunity to unplug and are without WiFi, however, McCarthy and Kennicott have WiFi hotspots provided by Copper Valley Telephone (CVT). Also, if you have CVT or Verizon cell service, your data plan should work well in the area. CVT and Verizon are the only cell providers that work in McCarthy and Kennecott.


What about water at the cabins?

At McCarthy Cabins, drinking water as well as non-potable water for dishes and showering is supplied in limited quantities. Water has to be hauled approximately 1/4 mile so conserving as best you can — short showers and other conservation methods — is greatly appreciated. Feel free to bring some of your own to compliment what we have to offer.


how can our food be kept cold at the cabins?

Both Bluff and Meadow Cabin have a small propane refrigerator — they are a luxury in McCarthy! For Swift Creek Cabin, coolers with ice and cold packs work great. Bears live in the area so all coolers with food and/or beverages have to be kept inside your vehicle or cabin, not stored outside. Note: ice is not available in McCarthy, so bring plenty!


What happens to our trash?

Without local utilities, the McCarthy — Kennicott area is without a landfill. Rubbish from the valley — including McCarthy Cabins — is hauled to the Glennallen landfill, a 7-hour round-trip drive. It's always helpful and very appreciated when guests offer to pack out their own.


How long does it take to drive the McCarthy road?

Plan on 2-3 hours from Chitina. The McCarthy Road is 60-miles, most of which is gravel. The road was actually built over the old railroad bed. Go slow, take your time, and enjoy! Be sure to stop for photos and to read the historical information signs at the waysides, they're incredibly interesting!


is there a gas station in McCarthy?

There are no gas stations in McCarthy at this time. In an emergency gas can be purchased, however, it's best to top off your tank in Chitina before you head down the McCarthy Road.


is there a store in the area?

There is a small general store in McCarthy offering basic items you may need.


what activities are in the area?

There is a TON to do in the McCarthy - Kennicott area. Adventures abound! Tour historic McCarthy and Kennicott, visit our fantastic museum, eat local (amazing!) fare, hike, raft, flight-see, ice climb, explore, and the list goes on. Be sure to inquire with one of our incredible local guide services and have them take you on a world-class experience — one that's just right for you.

Guided Adventures

Copper Oar

Kennicott Wilderness Guides

McCarthy River Tours and Outfitters

St. Elias Alpine Guides

Wrangell Mountain Air

Local Fare

The Roadside Potatohead

The Meatza Wagon

McCarthy Lodge Bistro and the Golden Saloon


Is there a shuttle to Kennicott and McCarthy?

Yes, there is a shuttle that runs throughout the day. The shuttle will pick-up and drop-off at the footbridge, McCarthy, and Kennicott. It's a half-mile walk from the footbridge into McCarthy and five-miles to Kennicott. Taking the shuttle to Kennecott is highly recommended — save your energy for touring the mill site, hiking the Root Glacier trail, etc!


how do I make a reservation at McCarthy cabins?

To check availability, please call or fill out the reservation form found under Book Your Stay. Include your arrival and departure dates, number of guests and preferred cabin(s). Once we receive your request, we typically will get back to you within a few hours (or within 24) to let you know if your dates are available. To make a reservation and confirm your stay, a 50% deposit is required and your full balance is due 90-days prior to your arrival. Guests booking within 90-days of their stay, full payment is due on receipt.

Cabins are not considered reserved without a deposit or full payment. We gladly accept credit card payments through our online invoicing system. Thank you!

Check in: 3pm / Check out: 11am

2019 Season: May 24 - September 3

Can we have campfires at the Cabins?

Because of the minimal firefighting capabilities in the area and high fire danger in the valley, campfires are not allowed McCarthy Cabins.


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