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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 via mobile

This was a very informative tour. There is a short video on glaciers. There is a sample of glacier ice you can touch! The salmon were spawning, you could see them struggling upstream. One of the park rangers came out and gave a short talk...More

Thank Imua70
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I went on a photographic excursion to the glacier from our cruise ship. We loved the trail/approach through the woods and the lovely waterfalls en route. Great places to take pictures, fortunately. The most interesting thing about the glacier itself is to...More

Thank Susan P
Reviewed yesterday

Worth visiting. Everything you want to know about glaciers with history of how it has receded. View of the glacier and waterfall from the ethnically designed building.

Thank alsupremo
Reviewed yesterday

Great views of the glacier. There was a walk to the nearby falls, and another trail through the woods where we were able to see salmon spawning.

Thank Jolynne D
Reviewed yesterday

This visitor center is very informative complete with a short documentary. Highly recommend going through it.

Thank Maryl0u43
Reviewed yesterday

YOU will never want to miss this one! The glaciers are something you will never see anywhere else. It is so worth every penny and moment you spend!! AWESOME!

Thank fallgirl2017
Reviewed yesterday

Very good visitor center and wonderful views of the glacier and waterfall. This is only 12 miles outside of Juneau. We walked to the waterfall which was about 2 miles roundtrip. I loved it here.

Thank sctravel55
Reviewed yesterday

Traveled the path to get to the visitor center. Very interesting. Movie didn't contain a lot of information, but the ranger talking of hiking to the glacier was interesting. Didn't see any bears, didn't see this glacier calving. Maybe because it is receding? Good information.

Thank Diane W
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our 1st trip to Alaska and our 1st visit to a Glacier. This park is neat, need about 3-4 hours to enjoy it. The 1 mile hike to the Nugget Falls is worth the hike. It is fantastic. The view from the information...More

Thank sunfun4850
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent visitor center and gift shop. You can chose to take a 1/4 mile hike on a easy trail or a mile plus hike to the water falls.

Thank jjp91276
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21 August 2017|
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Response from Patti S | Reviewed this property |
A couple of options - you can certainly go independent from the cruise ship, we did as we wanted to control our time in the park. From the ship you can walk to the transport area (though there is a $5 shuttle which was... 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