Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
PO Box 140
Gustavus, AK 99826-0140
Headquarters, General Information
Recreational Permit Information
Welcome to Glacier Bay
National Park and Preserve!
The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay
National Park and Preserve includes tidewater glaciers, snow-capped
mountain ranges, ocean coastlines, deep fjords, and freshwater rivers
and lakes. This diverse land and seascape hosts a mosaic of plant
communities and a variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife and
presents many opportunities for adventuring and learning about this
unique and powerful place.
Your visit to Glacier Bay National Park
and Preserve might include a glimpse of a rare bird. Or perhaps a park
ranger guided walk through a temperate forest. Or it might be a day
sailing up to a tidewater glacier. Or the feel of the warm sun on your
back as you raft a wilderness river.
First you have to choose the experience
you are looking for. Do you want to spend the day visiting the glacier
area of the park? Or climb a mountain? Do you have a few hours or a
Things to Do
Activities in Glacier Bay National Park
and Preserve are as diverse as the park and preserve itself. Whether
you have a few hours or a lifetime, whether your idea of adventure is
a ranger-led walk or a bivouac in a snow cave, there is plenty to do
here! This page is intended to help you plan your visit by providing a
broad overview of visitor activities, with links to more detailed
information for each of them.
In Yakutat and Gustavus/Bartlett Cove, the National Park Service
provides exhibits, programs, and trails. Rangers also board cruise
ships and tour vessels to present information about Glacier Bay and
answer questions. Learn more about what to do in and near Yakutat,
Gustavus, and Bartlett Cove.
Cruising Glacier Bay
As its name implies, Glacier Bay National Park is largely water.
Whether on a cruise ship with thousands of other passengers or in a
single kayak, most visitors experience Glacier Bay from a boat. Learn
more about cruise ships, tour vessels, charter boats, and bringing
your own boat to Glacier Bay.
Glacier Bay is above all a wilderness park and saves its greatest
rewards for those who are willing to sweat a bit and sleep on the
ground. Learn more about camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking,
rafting, and mountaineering.
Glacier Bay National Preserve
Glacier Bay National Preserve, northwest of the park, is managed
differently than the park. Hunting, trapping, and commercial fishing
are allowed here. Learn more about Dry Bay, the Alsek River, the
gateway community of Yakutat, and hunting, fishing, and rafting, and
mountaineering in the preserve.
Glacier Bay is a photographer's
paradise with its abundant wildlife and many moods.
Flightseeing from nearby communities
gives an aerial perspective (weather permitting). For a list of air
taxi operators that provide flightseeing tours over Glacier Bay
National Park and Preserve, see Area Visitor Services.
Birdwatching is a popular activity
given the 240 species sighted in the park.
Sport fishing opportunities abound for
both fresh and saltwater fish. Alaska State fishing regulations apply,
and a valid state fishing license is required.
Did You Know?
There are no roads to Glacier Bay; you can reach the park only by air
and water. Most visitors come to the park on large cruise ships.