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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

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1 Park Road
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99726



The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve includes tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, and freshwater rivers and lakes. This diverse land and seascape hosts a mosaic of plant communities and a variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife and presents many opportunities for adventuring and learning about this unique and powerful place.

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is open year-around. Services in winter are extremely limited.

Visitor Center

Open daily from late May to early September. Exhibits open 24-hours, information desk 12:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

The Glacier Bay Visitor Center is located on the second floor of the Glacier Bay Lodge in Bartlett Cove. It has an information desk, an Alaska Natural History Association book store, and an auditorium. Exhibits that explore the park's natural and cultural history are available in the Visitor Center.

Throughout the summer, park rangers present evening programs, show educational videos in the Visitor Center auditorium and lead walks on the Forest Loop Trail. Kids should ask a ranger about how to become a Junior Ranger.

Visitor Information Station for Boaters and Campers

In May open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During June, July and August open Monday - Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In September open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Visitor Information Station is located at the head of the public-use dock in Bartlett Cove. It offers information, permits and orientations for campers and recreational boaters in the park. Maps and nautical charts are available. Facilities include public rest rooms, potable water, trash and recycling containers.

Glacier Bay Preserve Office and Visitor Center

Located in Yakutat is open daily from May to September.

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Basic Directions

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, near the Southeast Alaska gateway communities of Juneau, Haines, Skagway, Gustavus, and Yakutat, can be reached only by boat or plane. Park headquarters and Glacier Bay Lodge are at Bartlett Cove, 10 miles by road from the small town of Gustavus and 65 miles by air or water from Juneau. It is an additional 55 miles by water from Bartlett Cove to the tidewater glaciers.

Alaska Airlines provides daily jet service between Juneau and Gustavus during the summer visitor season. Juneau has daily jet service from Anchorage and Seattle. Several air taxi companies provide daily small-plane flights year-round between Juneau and Gustavus.

Many tour vessels and large cruise ships schedule a day in Glacier Bay in their Southeast Alaska itineraries. A daily boat tour based in the park conducts trips from Bartlett Cove to the tidewater glaciers. There are also commercial charters. Private boaters may obtain permits and reservations to bring their own boats to Glacier Bay.

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