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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
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We went there to see the Glacier which was good although it did rain while we were there ,Also to the visitors Centre where we got information about the Glacier and the surrounding Glaciers & the area ,How climate change is affecting the area .Its...More

Thank Barry J
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Glacier is awesome. The trails are well marked. There are a lot of different hikes to take depending on your time and ability levels.

Thank Sarah O
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Reviewed yesterday

Was built at the end of the glacier but it has receded back now so it is a great walk in nature. Well worth your time.

Thank bdan1947
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went on a tour to the glacier, caught a bus in town. The visitor's centre had movie theatre when a documentary told the story of the glaciers formation and subsequent retraction into the lake which formed as a result. The information was presented in an...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fun place for a short day outing. There is a pretty pebble beach and there are several trails to hike. There is a waterfall easily accessible. To hike to the glacier takes a while, an hour or two and you will get wet probably son...More

Thank JamesGrey7
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We spent a bit of time at Mendenhall glacier after our whale watching tour. It is beautiful but there were a ton of people there, all taking pictures, crowding each other, and blocking the views. The fee situation is weird - parts of the trail...More

Thank Jason M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visit this glacier every time we cruise to Alaska. It is interesting to see how much it has receded in the last 20 years. The visitor center provides a good place for viewing as well as staying out of the rain. There Is elevator...More

Thank Myrna B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This a visit as part of a tour from a cruise ship. The weather wasn't great but stopped dry long enought to walk to the view point. Good views of the glacier from there and also the visitor centre. It can get crowded with 3...More

Thank Alan702
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did not come with cruise ship so chose to visit Mendenhall as soon as the park opened at eight am. We had the place to ourselves, we saw a mama bear and her cubs and didn’t have to fight the cruise ship crowds to...More

Thank Elina P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What an amazing place. Want a great building. I would have given Mendenhall glacier a 5-star review but the political or ideological tilt of the displays film's and Rangers was a bit much. I just want to hear/see/learn the history and enjoy the wonderful building...More

Thank jrpatjr
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Julie D
5 June 2018|
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Response from Steve1362 | Reviewed this property |
The visitor center is part of the Forest Service and not the Park Service. According to the Forest Service website, the daily fee is $5 per person, 16 years or older, free for those younger. Also, the interagency annual... More
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ehgabby
16 May 2018|
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Response from 63Kathyd | Reviewed this property |
When you exit the cruise ship there are plenty of people around ,manywith kioskes for what you are planning to do. I would think if you are doing a cruise ship planned activity they will have rides for you. Most of the town... More
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happytravelingirl
24 April 2018|
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Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
No ticket need you can visit the visitor center there is usually a ranger in there to answer questions and you can walk all over the park and trails.
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