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.
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center reviews
If you are in Juneau, you should visit the Mendenhall Glacier. The ocean, sand, mountains, and the glacier are worth to see. It was a nice walk and great oportünist to take amazing photos.
If you are in Juneau, you should visit the Mendenhall Glacier. The ocean, sand, mountains, and the glacier are worth to see. It was a nice walk and great oportünist to take amazing photos. more »
Impressive and beautiful views of the Mendenhall Glacier both from the visitors center and from the ends of the walks thru the woods. The trail off to the right that carries you to the base of an ice.... more
Impressive and beautiful views of the Mendenhall Glacier both from the visitors center and from the ends of the walks thru the woods. The trail off to the right that carries you to the base of an ice.... more »
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.
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