Mendenhall Visitor Center

Winter Hours of Operation

May 1st - September 24th
8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., 7 days a week
Open on Federal Holidays

September 25th - March 31st
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Friday - Sunday
Closed on Federal Holidays

Closed the month of April

Trails and other outside areas are open year-round from 6 a.m. to midnight

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Map & Information

Rainbow at Nugget Falls

Come experience the splendor of Mendenhall Glacier at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Savor the outstanding views of the thirteen-mile-long river of ice, which terminates on the far side of Mendenhall Lake. Gaze upon blue ice bergs floating in the water amidst reflections of Southeast Alaska’s magnificent Coast Mountains. Envision the vast Juneau Ice Field, a 1,500 square mile remnant of the last ice age, cradled high in lofty peaks and spilling forth 38 major glaciers, including the Mendenhall.

To access the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, stroll up the easy-walk ramp, climb the stairs, or ride the elevator. Prepare to marvel as U.S. Forest Service Rangers interpret the landscape around you. The story of Mendenhall centers on a changing climate and retreating glacier, but includes the return of a forest and wildlife. State-of-the-art exhibits, a spectacular 15-minute film, featuring the dynamic interplay between the Tongass National Forest and its many glaciers, and the Alaska Geographic book store (open May-September) will enrich your Visitor Center experience.

Several excellent trails of varying distance and challenge bring you close to cascading waterfalls or salmon streams. Be prepared to meet wildlife, including black bears, porcupines, beavers, bald eagles, and seasonally returning arctic terns, waterfowl, and sockeye and coho salmon. Stroll through a moist rainforest laden with moss or meander along the shore of Mendenhall Lake to Nugget Falls, counting ice bergs as you go. Explore the ever evolving landscape of the Mendenhall Glacier and experience the changes brought about by decades of glacial activity and the annual turning of the seasons.

For additional information, please use the Quick Links to plan your visit to the Tongass National Forest and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. We look forward to sharing in your discovery of this exceptional national treasure.


The Mendenhall Glacier Cam is back, click on the image below to view the glacier cam


Mendenhall Glacier



Skiing and Hiking maps of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Center are now available for download. The color map prints out 11 X 17, the black and white map prints out 8.5 X 11.

Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Skiing and Hiking Trails - ColorMendenhall Glacier Recreation Area Skiing and Hiking Trails - Black & White














2015 Fireside Lectures

Mendenhall Fireside Lectures 2015





Eric the Erratic Movie

Crystal Lake Day Camp

    Eric the Erratic Juneau Crystal Lake Day Camp
    This fun movie shows how erratics end up on the landscape. A uniformed FS employee holds up a brown bird at Crystal Lake