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This is our one-way tour van service from Chitina to McCarthy on the McCarthy Road. It is a comfortable and reliable way to get to McCarthy/Kennicott. The morning van will have you there in time for a day tour or a full day of exploring. The morning van leaves Chitina at 7:30 am and arrives at the footbridge in McCarthy at 10:00 am. 

The afternoon van departs Chitina at 3:00 pm, and arrives at the footbridge in McCarthy at 6:00 pm.


Are you looking for same-day, round-trip service from Chitina to McCarthy and back? Please see our One Day Trip to McCarthy option for more information on same-day, round-trip service. 


Copper Center, AK, United States

There are 2 pick up locations in Chitina. The shuttle will pick you up at the Chitina Airstrip parking lot, or Gilpatrick's Hotel Chitina. From there, you will cross the Copper River where you may see dipnetters catching salmon and fishwheels turning.  


The McCarthy Road is a 60-mile long gravel road built on the old railbed from the Copper River Northwestern Railway, which hauled copper ore from Kennicott to Cordova for almost 30 years. There are historic relics from the railroad along the route, and your driver will point out many surprising features. You may also stop to see and photograph wildlife, landscapes, or just to stretch your legs.

If you want to stop for coffee or peruse a local shop, there actually are a couple of (very) small options where you can meet the friendly local people. Our travel groups are small and we can usually accommodate your requests.

The trip ends at the parking area at the Kennicott River footbridge, just before the towns of McCarthy and Kennicott. From here, you can get a shuttle, walk the short distance to McCarthy, or call for a ride from your hotel.  


Our trips going back to Chitina depart from the same place, at the footbridge, at 6:00 pm and 10:00 am.


7:15 am or 2:45 pm at Chitina Airstrip parking lot, mile 28 Edgerton Hwy
7:30 am or 3:00 pm at Gilpatrick's Hotel Chitina, mile 33 Edgerton Highway

10:00 am or 6:00 pm at Kennicott River footbridge

Includes guest pick-up at specified location in Chitina, transportation to McCarthy, and drop off at the footbridge, with assistance as needed.

Does not include transportation into McCarthy or Kennicott from the footbridge.

We recommend staying at least two nights in the McCarthy area if possible!

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel your reservation, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled trip, for a refund. We charge a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 24 hours of a scheduled departure are non-refundable.