Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre

We crave to visit a place that brings us solace. When you find a place that strikes your vibe, you explore both nature and yourself. This is the true meaning of being a traveler. We all look for a place that helps us grow, joins us with nature. One such place is Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centreove. It is located at 6000 Glacier Spur Rd, Juneau, AK, United States, 12 miles from downtown Juneau. This place is easily accessible through a city bus, taxi, tour bus, or rental car. Mendenhall Glacier Visitor center lit up your eyes with one of the most amazing and serene views in the United States. The glaciers, lake, and the supreme recreation opportunities focused on glacial phenomena, ecosystems, and protection of fish and wildlife. Remember to take one of the best cameras with yourself, every place here will make you photogenic.


Photo Point Trail

First and foremost, you move straight up to the most amazing spots here. The magnificent view of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre right across the lake. Keep a sharp eye on small icebergs floating in the Lake. There are a lot of places to sit, relax and enjoy the view. Choose the one that connects with you and whomsoever you choose to visit. Spend some time, reflect on the past, think about the future, or just be there in the moment.

Nugget Falls Trial

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre offers everything you seek. You can walk 2 miles to and fro and you won’t be tired. Your mind will be engaged in the panoramic view around. Is the hike worth it? Yes, walk through the gushing Nugget falls, you might need a little more energy to reach the falls, as the trail is gravel. If you make it, you will love it.

 Trail of time & 3 Steep Creek Trail

Now is the time to move out of your comfort zone, explore, and travel as much as you can. The more you see, the more you learn. This path will take you back in time, let you explore diverse vegetation and landscapes. Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre is also perfect for your family. This trail is best for you if you want to witness wildlife in its purest form. Bears are often seen, the .25 miles path is quick to cover and the one you don’t want to miss.



Except for bears be prepared to meet more wildlife here, black bears, porcupines, beavers, bald eagles, and seasonally returning arctic terns, waterfowl, and sockeye and Coho salmon are pretty common to witness in Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre.


Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre offers visitors amazing views of the glacier and lake. With the opportunity for high-quality recreation here you can better understand the glacial phenomena, ecosystems, and protection of fish and wildlife. Get the close-up look of the Mendenhall Glacier, state-of-the-art exhibits, a showcase of 15-minute film displaying Tongass National Forest and the surrounding glaciers, and explore the Discovery Southeast bookstore.

Plan your visit

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre is open from 10 am to 6 pm every day. It is accessible to everyone but visitors 16 years and older will be required to pay a $5 charge as an entrance fee. There are several places to which you need to purchase a pass to explore.


What to Expect

It is a nice vacation spot to relish with adventure and beautiful landscapes. This famous drive-in glacier looks perfect on a bright sunny day and more impressive on a cloudy day. Nearby the Mendenhall Glacier there is plenty of hiking and short walk trails. It includes a Photo point trail, Trail of time, Steep creek trail, and many more. 

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