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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau

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Located just 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center attracts visitors with its deep blue sheets of ice. Begin your icy adventure at the visitor center, which offers interpretative programs and features an observatory with telescopes trained on the blue ice. Remember that despite their undeniable natural beauty, glaciers are constantly shifting and can be extremely dangerous. Always think of safety first and arrange for a guided trip to the glacier with any one of a dozen tour operators working in the area. Professional guides can show you the most convenient trails for taking photographs from a distance, and lead you safely right up to the ice itself. Make Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center a part of your Juneau vacation plans using our Juneau tour itinerary planner.
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  • Great views, you can get so close and see this mind blowing glacier. Must see, we loved the park area and the short hike was easy for all 
    Great views, you can get so close and see this mind blowing glacier. Must see, we loved the park area and the short hike was easy for all  more »
  • A great first look at a magnificent glacier. There is a wonderful waterfall to the left of the glacier. Highly recommend hiking to it. Takes about an hour roundtrip but so worth it if you have time... 
    A great first look at a magnificent glacier. There is a wonderful waterfall to the left of the glacier. Highly recommend hiking to it. Takes about an hour roundtrip but so worth it if you have time...  more »
  • Sign on door said opens at 2 pm. Roof being re done. But turned out closed for two days. Wished I had known. But waited and took in views. Blustery day. 
    Sign on door said opens at 2 pm. Roof being re done. But turned out closed for two days. Wished I had known. But waited and took in views. Blustery day.  more »
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  • Wonderful experience. If you come on a shuttle, experienced hikers should go to the visitors center first for a more comprehensive trail map and the opportunity to get off the very well beaten path. The nugget falls and creek trails are almost too well made to even be called trails anymore. Very accessible and a brisk walk to see the glacial view and water fall. All-in-all, a beautiful and well kept park with attentive rangers and staff who look after the safety of visitors and more importantly, the wildlife and delicate ecosystems.
  • The view from the visitor center viewing area is incredible for those that don't want to or can't hike the trail. The trail to Nugget Falls was easy-moderate. Our young kids (ages 6-7) made the trip easily. There were several other trails as well that weren't as heavily trafficked. Recommend having water with you as NO food/beverage sales. Coming from a cruise we used The Blue Bus service instead of a planned excursion so we had as much time as we wanted to hike the trails and didn't have to be rushed.
  • The Mendenhall glacier in Juneau, Alaska is located next to a lake and has a visitor's center. I believe it is the only glacier you can drive up to. I visited in the end of July 2022. It was a good time to go as it was not raining and the glacier was not covered by fog. I took a short walk to the base of the visitor's center and got a spectacular view of the glacier. You can also hike in to get a closer view. The blue glacier colors were breathtaking. The visitor's center showed a short informational film about glaciers that I enjoyed.
  • Informative visitor center. Accessible by elevator if needed. They offer maps which will show all the trails you can walk. There are paved walking paths which are great for wheelchairs and strollers. There is a 2 mile round trip walk to the falls. There is a short path that leads you to a viewing point for the glacier that can get crowded with visitors taking pictures. Across the parking lot is a trail that has a raised boardwalk for visitors with a couple different choices of routes to choose from. We did encounter a black bear that was after the salmon in the creek. We visited on a rainy, gray, cloudy day, which highlighted the glaciers beautiful blue color.
  • We drove to see this miracle of nature so we did not do a helicopter or plane flight for this excursion. There is a nice, easy hike toward an awesome waterfall that gets you pretty close to the glacier. The welcome center is also nice and park staff provide a lot of interesting information and great views. Better go see it soon because it is quickly receding. Also an opportunity to see salmon running in late summer.

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