Glacier Bay National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
3,280,198 acres
Annual Visitation
454,337 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
December 2, 1980
Entrance Fee
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
15,320 feet at Mount Fairweather
Lowest Average Temp
20F in January
Record Low Temp
-21F in 1995
Highest Average Temp
64F in July
Record High Temp
88F in 2004
Our Last Visit
June 2008

Park Contact Information

Glacier Bay National Park
1 Park Rd, PO Box 140, Gustavus, AK 99826
Info at (907) 697-2230
Fax to (907) 697-2654

Park Creation Timeline

Glacier Bay National Monument is created.
On December 2, 1980, Glacier Bay National Park is created, absorbing Glacier Bay National Monument, by the Alaska Native Interests Land Conservation Act.
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to the park by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou, wolves, and black and grizzly bears. Smaller mammals include lynx, wolverines, beavers, martens, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, marmots, river otters, ground squirrels, pikas, and voles. Marine mammals include steller sea lions, Dall porpoise, orcas, and humpback whales. The NPS has prepared a checklist of park mammals.
There are very few reptiles and amphibians anywhere in Alaska due to the cold temperatures.
There is a huge variety of birds in the park. About 240 species have been observed. The NPS has prepared a checklist of park birds.
The park is a fascinating study in plants. The entire area is recently released from the ice, so plant communities are still taking over. The coastal areas are covered in rain forest, the easiest to view being the Bartlett Cove area immediately around the lodge and campground. The NPS has prepared a checklist of park plants.

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