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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
+1 907-789-0097
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
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Juneau Shore Excursion: City and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or...
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Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo Tour
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

Greetings Readers: When I visited Juneau, one of the places I wanted to go to was the Mendenhall glacier. Having the experience of walking the track to the waterfall was unforgettable. Among the things I saw was a plate of Romeo the friendly wolf who...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I stopped in with my work partner while in Juneau after brunch and was pleasantly surprised. Breath taking views and a really neat history of the area. Perfect view of Mendenhall Glacier.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on a cruise and stopped at Juneau. From downtown Juneau, we took a shuttle to Mendenhall glacier. Make sure that you know where you should catch your return shuttle. There are several shuttles running and it is a little confusing. From the shuttle...More

1  Thank QueenMimi
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the Mendenhall Glacier, weather your an avid hiker or a have a hard time walking, many hikes or walks to take

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see if your visiting Alaska. Very impressive and great opportunities to take great pictures. Amazing!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center with my 72-year old mother this past June. The glacier is stunning, especially when the sun comes out and illuminates the ice! And, lots of green everywhere. Though it was early in the season, there were quite a few...More

Thank Edwin D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this glacier spot is magical! You must do this ! I actually got to FaceTime my mom while standing close to the glacier and it was a special moment because we got to share in Gods glory together. It’s so close to town also....More

2  Thank SBLiles
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This review is more about visiting the glacier than the visitor center. My wife and I were in Juneau for a long weekend during February 2018. We read about the ice caves at Mendenhall Glacier and wanted to visit them. As we were about to...More

3  Thank henryonatrip
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

You get bused to location if on a cruise. very majestic. very cold even in summer. a lot of walking but worth it. have trails and paved paths.

1  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

The visitors center is informative. I loved the short trail to the waterfall/glacier. It's worth a stop!

1  Thank Lily W
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Bt20000
15 April 2018|
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Response from Green_Traveler22 | Reviewed this property |
You can get up in the visitor’s center. They have an elevator. But then you’re just viewing the glacier and falls at a distance.
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GinnyMickleton_NJ
4 April 2018|
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Response from Dianna M | Reviewed this property |
sorry don't really have an answer for. you can maybe check with visiter center .good luck
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runeSanJose
28 March 2018|
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Response from Misty C | Reviewed this property |
It really depends, if you are going later in the year (we visited in September) the glacier was melting at a rapid rate and they had canceled all of the ice cave tours. You can most likely do a kayak but I didn't see any... More
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