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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 2 days ago

I went here but did not have enough time to do all that was offered. The look through the telescopes of the glacier was wonderful. The falls were stunning. There is a path to take that goes on the other side of the area and...More

Thank sunandbeach03
Reviewed 3 days ago

The vistas are lovely. But there were buses galore, tourists galore, and rain galore! Crowded and very wet and packed into the visitor's center like sardines in a can. We were planning on walking out to Nugget Falls but the rain was too intense and...More

Thank FoggyMonday
Reviewed 1 week ago

The movie was great, the views and opportunities to learn fun for all ages. Have been several times and learn something new each time. Well worth the time.

Thank ediazlara
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s early May, we still can see melting snow floating on the lake. We’re amazed at the stunning beauty of Mother Nature. The Nugget Falls looks like a Gem which only came out of from under the Mendenhall Glacier in 1980’s, according to the guide....More

Thank MarcLiu1950
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has all the information plus a ranger that can answer all of you questions. There are restrooms available here and they are very clean. From the visitor center there are multiple trails in which you can walk until you are exhausted. If you...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Then you land on the far beach and approach a waterfall if you want to. We also rowed around and up to some ice bergs, but not too close as they sometimes tip over due to melting. Make sure everyone in your crew helps out....More

Thank magicdragon007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very beautiful place in Nature, the blue ice, clear water it is a must see when you travel to Alaska

Thank Everett l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Mendenhall Glacier in early September. The weather was poor. Temperatures were in the 50s with pouring rain. Nevertheless, there was a sudden break in the clouds. Sunshine streamed brightly on the white and blue glacial ice. We marveled at the stunning beauty of...More

Thank Thomas H
Reviewed 16 December 2017

We came as part of the Best of Juneau excursion through our Princess Cruise. The view of the glacier was lovely and the weather was perfect. I wish we would have had a little longer here so we could have hiked to the falls nearer...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

When we went a lot of the trails were closed because of bear breeding season. We hiked a few trails south of the entrance and found tons of signs of bear activity but no bears. Definitely gorgeous to see. We tried to rent kayaks but...More

Thank Melissa C
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Vincent S
17 January 2018|
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Response from MarcLiu1950 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you could enjoy the moment.
5 December 2017|
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Response from 3amigoswpg | Reviewed this property |
There are ice caves but you need to have time to get to them. If on a tour there is only a limited time.
3 November 2017|
Response from John N | Property representative |
Appointed by President Harrison, Thomas Corwin Mendenhall (1841-1924) served as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1889 to 1894. A noted scientist, Mendenhall also served on the Alaska Boundary... More