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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 via mobile

Breathtaking, well-marked, well-maintained; lovely visitor center. Easy access to the glacier, and just the waterfall itself is worth the visit!

Thank 1kymusicma
Reviewed 5 days ago

Be certain that you don't miss Mendenhall Glacier while in Juneau A great place to hike and marvel at the wonders of a glacier Awesome

Thank Randy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was the first stop on our cruise excursion in Juneau and it was definitely worth the trip. There is a great view of Mendenhall Glacier from the visitor center and from a trail that extends from the visitor center down to Mendenhall Lake....More

1  Thank Yellowstone75
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get the chance I would recommend actually walking on the glacier, however this is a good option if not. There is plenty of parking and plenty of view points including up in the actual visitor centre where you can learn more about the...More

Thank stokie_gem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a coach from our cruise ship to the visitors center. There are very manageable paths to the open view of the glacier. We decided to take the trail to the waterfall and this trail was a bit more hilly. At a fast pace...More

Thank ashleynslater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a popular, easy to reach/very scenic spot that's popular with both locals and visitors :)) There are great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the lake at its foot... when the salmon are spawning, you might be able to see bears (from a safe...More

1  Thank G C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were sheets of ice forming mid October. Really a beautiful place, not just for the glacier, but the whole valley- the waterfall, the reflection off the lake, the color blue so intense. It's not far to drive to Skater's Cabin, felt like the beach...More

1  Thank planethealingmus2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mendenhall Glacier is a must see while in Juneau. It is absolutely breathtaking. My favorite part was all the tiny waterfalls surrounding the glacier. The visitors center has some interesting displays show how the glacier is receding.

1  Thank Amy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cruise ship stop. We shared a cab with a couple of ladies from the port to the glacier. Walked to the waterfall to get closer to the glacier. Then back to peek in the visitor center. Happened to arrive at the movie start time and...More

1  Thank Tracyloe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked path to see glacier and waterfalls. Come early before the crowds. Had the beach all to myself. Very serene and beautiful!

Thank Elle R
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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
20 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