Glacier Bay National Park Guide 2020 : National Park Navigator

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Glacier Bay National Park

How to get to the Park?

This spectacular wilderness Park is mainly accessible by boat. There is road access to the neighboring gateway community of Gustavus. Many Cruise ships visit the Park cruising up the fiord itself. Most travellers come by way of the Alaska Marine Highway System from Juneau.

What to visit?

Bartlett Cove contains most of the Park facilities including the Visitor Center. Glacier Bay is comprised of over 3.3 million acres and has over a thousand glaciers. John Muir fell in love with these Alaskan glaciers describing "an icy wilderness unspeakably pure and sublime". Hiking is allowed wherever you deem it safe. There is only one developed trail in the Park and it begins at Bartlett Cove. You are likely to see sea otters, humpback whales, harbor porpoises, sea lions bald eagles and even ravens.

Where to stay?

Bartlett Cove Campground and Glacier Bay Lodge are the main accomodations. Backcountry camping is also available (Please note this is bear country). The nearby village of Gustavus has a variey of accomodations.

Glacier Bay Ferry

Glacier Bay Ferry

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A Park Ranger guided Tour Boat into the Park leaves from Bartlett Cove. Float plane tours can also be arranged.