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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

This was a great way to see a Glacier upclose. We took the city tour/Mendenhall glacier tour which we booked for $49. It was the right amount of time. We also rode up the Monorail which was $33. Once we arrived in port we found...More

Thank kas1002
Reviewed yesterday

Elevators make this an easy to access area. The views are amazing. There are frequent nature talks throughout the day. Very glad we went!

Thank Blueheron40
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited Mendenhall Glacier last week, very impressive. Visitors Center has great information, great photo opportunities all around!

Thank GrammyFL
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Simple visitor center, but full of information on the Mendenhall Glacier. It is up on top of a hill with a nice look-out. Worth stopping in while visiting the park.

Thank grateful_metz
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Educational information on glaciers. Cool to see time lapse of glacier since 2007. You can also touch a piece of glacier ice & view the glacier thru binoculars. Nice place for a break between hikes.

Thank Melisa F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing view up close to this massive river of ice. On a tour but would have liked to spend more than an hour. There is a 2 mile trail that leads you to a waterfall from the ice that melts in the rock.

Thank Judith L
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very awesome sight to see. Others have written most and I agree with everything that was said. Never seeing a glacier before, this was an awesome site! We didn't walk on the trail to the waterfalls but did walk the trail at the glacier.

Thank Patchez89
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took public transportation from Cruise Ship Port to Mendenall Glacier. There were guides throughout the park explaining various aspects and helping folks locate wildlife. The walk to the falls at the glacier is well marked and an easy 1 mile hike. The waterfall was beautiful...More

Thank Parisfuess
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very attractive glacier. The park is well organized with several trails for viewing opportunities. A visitor center is located there along with restrooms.. Good sights of the glacier make for wonderful photo ops. The falls were a marvel as well.

Thank jlantern3
Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see for both hikers and non-hikers, great knowledgeable staff on hand to answer your questions. Could really do with a coffee shop but totally understand that the bears would take it over

Thank robjens
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Where do you find this bus? How much per person? Thank you. Suzanne
June 10, 2017|
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Response from Elaine H | Reviewed this property |
Actually we took a helicopter over the glacier so we were transported to the heliport via private bus. Sorry I couldn't answer your question.
We are cruising and will be there from 2 until 10 pm. The cruise ship tour prices are very high and I was wondering if we could do this "off-line" by booking locally when we get there. Doable or not advised? How do I get there using public transportation. I may be the only one in our group interested in this visit.
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Laurie C | Property representative |
There are several options but please don't discount the excursion from your ship. Tour operators understand visitors' needs and provide convenience so your time is well spent. As an alternative, you can find operators who... More
Kelly S
I heard that tours inside the caves of mendenhall glacier are cancelled a lot of the times due to the weather. Is this true? I'm visiting in June and interested but don't want to be disappointed if cancelled at the last minute. Thanks
May 4, 2017|
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Response from Gngrpeech | Reviewed this property |
Honestly I didn't take any tours so I can't answer this question. But it would make sense that it would be weather dependent. Still..even if the Glacier caves weren't accessible due to weather, you could get to the Glacier... More