Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Overview

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. The park has snow-capped mountain ranges rising to over 15,000 feet, coastal beaches with protected coves, deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, coastal and estuarine waters, and freshwater lakes. These diverse land and seascapes host a mosaic of plant communities ranging from pioneer species in areas recently exposed by receding glaciers, to climax communities in older coastal and alpine ecosystems. Diverse habitats support a variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife, with opportunities for viewing and research that allow visitors to learn more about the natural world.

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Seasonality / Weather

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is open year-round, but services in winter are extremely limited. The visitor center is open daily from late May to early September. Exhibits are open 24 hours. Information desk and Alaska Geographic bookstore are open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Directions

Driving: 

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve lies west of Juneau, AK and can only be reached by plane or boat. The only road merely connects the small town of Gustavus and its airfield to park headquarters at Bartlett Cove (10 miles). Many visitors arrive in Glacier Bay as passengers on board cruise ships, tour boats, charter boats, and their own private vessels.

Flying: 

Alaska Airlines provides daily jet service from Juneau to Gustavus (about 30 minutes) in the summer season. Year-round scheduled air service to Gustavus is also provided by a variety of small air taxis and charters.

Public Transport: 

Taxis (upon request) and buses (limited schedule) run between Gustavus and Bartlett Cove.

During the summer months, the Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry LeConte stops in Gustavus twice weekly from Juneau. The ferry dock is located 9 miles from Glacier Bay park headquarters in Bartlett Cove. Check the AMHS website for schedules, times, and rates. If you are planning on bringing a vehicle, please be aware that vehicle based activities may be limited.