Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau: Hours, Address, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
4.5
Visitor Centers • Geologic Formations
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
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 as 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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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,499 contributions
Highlight of an Alaskan Experience
Sep 2020
Located 12 miles from downtown Juneau. the Mendenhall Glacier is part of the 5,815 acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreational Area and part of Tongas National Forest. The area is managed by the United States Forest Service. The glacier extends from the Juneau Ice field to Mendenhall Lake. AT it's end point lies the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center which provides interpretive programs, an audio-visual presentation in their theater, a book store run by Discovery southwest Alaska, gift shop, tourist information and public restrooms. It is open year round.

There are a number of trails which start at the Visitor Center but it is the West glacier Trail that gives you access to the Glacier. The Trail of Time has historical signs and is handicapped accessible. Nugget Falls Trail will lead you to Fabulous Nugget Falls.

Mendenhall Glacier reached it's recent maximum length during the Little Ice Age in the 1700's and since that time it has been retreating. it has experience accelerated retreat in the last 50 years. Since 1929, it has retreated 3.25 miles.

From Juneau you can reach the glacier by Uber, tour bus, taxis or a public transportation bus which is the cheapest form of transportation to the glacier. Be mindful of the fact that the bus stop leaves you with a mile walk to the glacier.
Written March 29, 2021
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Liz S
Prospect, OR19 contributions
So beautiful!!
Jul 2020
We arrived around 8:00 AM and had the whole place to ourselves. We took the little hike on the gravel path to the waterfall. Didn't see anyone until we were coming back. The visitor center was closed due to Covid, but we'll catch that next time. Easy walk and places to stop and rest if you want.
Written January 30, 2021
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Mkmj16
Naples40 contributions
An absolute must if visiting Juneau.
Dec 2020 • Couples
Spectacular scenery and so many eagles! Truly a gift to experience the beauty of the glacier. Great trails and boardwalk.
Written December 6, 2020
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mlorahga
Augusta, GA1,476 contributions
Best Way to Start a Visit to the Glacier
Oct 2019
All the helicopter rides to the Mendenhall Glacier were sold out, so I went to the Visitor Center. The Center had several good presentation and a lot of good displays. Also had really good views of the Glacier.
Written September 20, 2020
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Ambassador493027
3 contributions
Best on a clear day
Aug 2020
It is not far from city center; however, it was a rainy day when we went and difficult to see but you can tell how massive it is even so. Recommend going on a clear day so you can also hike to the falls.
Written September 10, 2020
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PBTravelstheWorld
Woodinville, WA396 contributions
Small and very busy!
Sep 2019
Very small and not a lot of info in this visitor center. They do have the stamps for your passport, but get out and talk the walk to the glacier!
Written August 30, 2020
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gnp67
Commack, NY150 contributions
Beautiful sights
Aug 2019 • Family
We took a tour through princess cruises when we came here. We loved the sights from the viewing point and we enjoyed the hike to nugget falls. The gift shop was packed and the visitor center was amazing
Written June 20, 2020
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ARUN63512
Bengaluru, India858 contributions
Good Infomation
Jul 2019
A nice visitor center before you get into the glacier view, neat wash rooms, good staff to help and address all the queries
Written June 6, 2020
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DiverseFoodie
Welland, Canada28 contributions
Awesome introduction to an incredible glacier!
Sep 2019
Everything was so "cool", literally and figuratively, we saw a few presentations regarding the glacier and enjoyed everything. The staff was so helpful!! Awesome family trip, we enjoyed it all.
Written May 11, 2020
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chippy
Palm Coast, FL5 contributions
Alaska is for everyone. Especially Mendenhall Glacier
Sep 2019
Alaska is by far one of the best trips I have ever taken. Mendenhall Glacier is immense, photo's do not give its majestic size a description worthy of its enormity. If ever in Alaska you should make this a visit on your itinerary. You may even see a bear under one the walkways catching Salmon during the salmon run.
Written May 6, 2020
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