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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

Very beautiful scenery and several great places to photograph the glacier. Also a nice visitor center.

Reviewed yesterday

This is a super beautiful place to visit. Even though it was raining and cloudy, we still had an awesome time. We hiked the most beautiful trails. The foliage was like velvet.There were beautiful flowers and so much undisturbed natural beauty. We got to see...More

Thank 111amat
Reviewed yesterday

The Mendenhall Visitors Center does a great job of introducing you to the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier has receded quite a bit since the center was built, but they provide telescopes for viewing from the center. The Nugget Falls.trail was fantastic - take the beach...More

Thank HenrysOnTheGo
Reviewed yesterday

This is a beautiful park which permits quite a close-up view of the glacier. A brief hike down one of a number of trails allows a beautiful view not only of the glacier but of a gorgeous waterfall. The park was not too crowded on...More

Thank mek99
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took one of the buses from downtown Juneau (near where the tram departs) to the visitors center. Nice 2 mile walk to and from a beautiful waterfall where you can see the glacier. No need to take a cruise excursion, you can do this one...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a shuttle bus out to the glacier(white bus). It was $30 R/T and the driver was awesome and he gave us so much history about Juneau and the glacier. We walked to Nugget Falls to get a better look at the glacier. It...More

Thank NorCal-traveler08
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a cab out and he gave us his number to come get us when done. About 20 minutes out of town. Really worth the trip. The walk out to the glacier and falls definitely doable - well paved. Just crowded! Very nice visitor...More

Thank chuckbtravelin
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and Glaciers. Did not take the long trail to the waterfalls, but could still see it from the scenic trail. Visitor center also has a great view of the glacier. If you have the time, take this tour

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited twice, once 9 years ago. The glacier continues to recede. We also went to the Mendenhall gardens which were very interesting. They are part of the rain forest.

Thank 586haroldk
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's fun getting here and even more fun when you show up to find the beauty it has to show you. I would highly recommend this trip.

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11 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
9 July 2017|
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Response from LoriJM | Reviewed this property |
Don't take the tours. I did. My family took a cab and then hiked to the closest point. They loved it. They spent time at the water fall and got great shots of glacier. I took photo tour through princess and only got as close... More
5 July 2017|
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Response from Robert R | Reviewed this property |
Check the weather to see if it will be clear or not at Mendenhall. I'd probably do whale watching first then take the blue bus to Mendenhall. They run every 15 minutes or so from the docks to the glacier and are not very... More