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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve


The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides opportunities for adventure, a living laboratory for observing the ebb and flow of glaciers, and a chance to study life as it returns in the wake of retreating ice. Includes: National Monument, National Park and Preserve, Biosphere Reserve, and World Heritage Site

NPS
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826-0140

907-697-2230

Hours of Operation: The park is open year round. The Glacier Bay National Park Visitor Center is open from mid-May to mid-September. The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides opportunities for adventure, a living laboratory for observing the ebb and flow of glaciers, and a chance to study life as it returns in the wake of retreating ice.

Area (acres): Designated Wilderness (2,770,000 acres)

Getting There: Year-around air service is available to Gustavus from Juneau and neighboring communities via small planes. These air-taxi companies are common in Alaska. Alaska Airlines provides daily jet service between Juneau and Gustavus during the summer. There are no roads to Glacier Bay and no Alaska Marine Highway service. The only road in the park runs 10 miles between Bartlett Cove and the neighboring community of Gustavus. A passenger ferry operates between Juneau and Gustavus/Bartlett Cove on a limited schedule (2002 schedule: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday trips).

Tour boat, cruise ship and charter boat services are available. Pleasure boats are welcome (a free permit is available). The only road in the park runs 10 miles between Bartlett Cove and Gustavus. Seven miles of trails wind along the beaches and through the rainforest in the Bartlett Cove area. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is most easily seen from a boat.

Weather: Glacier Bay is a rainy place. Bartlett Cove averages 75 inches of rain per year, most of that in September and October. The rain, wind, topography and tides all play a role in creating our exciting weather. Long periods of rainy, cool, and overcast weather can be expected.

Accessibility: The Glacier Bay Visitor Center located on the second level of the Glacier Bay Lodge and the first portion of the Forest Loop Trail is accessible to wheelchairs. There are no paved roads.

Things to do at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

  • Backpacking
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountaineering
  • Nature Walks
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing



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