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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible via roads from the local airport, cruise ship terminal and state ferry terminal. Our facility and lands are managed by the federal government through the United States Forest Service. Federal passes are accepted and sold s well as daily passes. There is a visitor center with a theater showing a 15-minute film on Mendenhall Glacier, a bookstore operated by nonprofit organization Discovery Southeast, and exhibits on wildlife, history, and glacial and geological changes. Rangers provide talks at various indoor and outdoor sites in summer. Open hours in summer are daily 8am to 7:30pm. Due to wildlife and bears, no food is allowed outdoors from April-November. There is no beverage or food service available to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned. Nearby Steep Creek is the spawning stream for wild sockeye salmon from late July through early September. Later in the fall, a run of coho salmon spawn in the creek. Porcupines can be seen foraging on leaves in deciduous trees. Beavers are visible early in the morning and in the evening. Learn about Alaska and the natural world around the glacier and lake. Enjoy a one-hour hike to 400-foot-tall Nugget Falls. Other trails lead to different habitats. In winter, the visitor center is open Friday-Sunday from 10am to 4pm and closed on federal holidays.
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End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Reviewed yesterday

we went on a cruise tour to this and whale watching.....Our guide on the bus told us all about the area and what exactly mendenhall was and advised us to watch the movie and we are glad we did gave us southern people a true...More

Thank Sherry P
Reviewed yesterday

We did not have any specific plans when we got off the boat, other than to somehow head out to the glacier. We got on the blue bus, which was nice since they did a quick city tour and then out to the glacier which...More

Thank Sherri L
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I went with our tour group to the vicinity of Mendenhall Glacier. First, we went to the visitor center, where we watched a 15-minute film, with lots of emphasis on climate change and the shrinking of the glacier. After that, my wife...More

Thank psychprofessor
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great little spot to spend an hour at. I mean a hour. This is a very nice place but you can plan on seeing everything you need to see in 1 hour. The walk to Nugget Falls took all of 45 minutes...More

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing views and walking paths. A must see when in Juneau. Can watch the salmon from the walkway and if lucky as we were saw a bear fish a salmon out and eat it by the fences walkway.

Thank 3amigoswpg
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow so close to the Mendenhall Glacier the colours are so beautiful the best blues you can ever imagine. If your lucking like us you will get to see a black bear in the wild just going for a walk. Take the time to walk...More

Thank margaret c
Reviewed 4 days ago

This visitor center is well-done; it has very informative exhibits that draw you in and are not boring. Especially now that glaciers are shrinking more rapidly, it's very interesting to see the pictures of how Mendenhall has changed over the years. Nice that you can...More

Thank panda618
Reviewed 4 days ago

We brought a bus up to the Glacier Center (not part of a tour) to visit the glacier. It was a 15 minute walk to the glacier on a flat, well-maintained walkway. After exploring the glacier area we returned to the Information Center. Lots of...More

Thank Betty F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Travelled by bus to the Glacier and I wasn't disappointed as it is a beautiful area to see a Glacier and get up close and personal. The visitor centre is informative.

Thank Veronica M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Get a quick background of Mendenhall Glacier here. Take the time to view the film. Walk the gift shop then go outside to experience this awesome sight. Walkways are paved, ADA accessible pathways.

Thank Captnslow
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21 August 2017|
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Response from captmom | Reviewed this property |
The public bus is definitely cheaper but then you have to walk a mile to get in to the Park. We took the Glacier Express Shuttle for $35 in July, though I have heard it has gone up to $45. Make sure you find out when the... More
Nancy G
10 August 2017|
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Response from whoa3050 | Reviewed this property |
sorry that blue bus is 14.00 round trip
12 July 2017|
Response from lexiejk | Reviewed this property |
Make sure to wear layers! Most of the tours provide you with rain gear so you don't have to worry about that. My husband and I both wore jeans (mine were a more flexible fabric). Then we wore t-shirts, covered by a light... More