Glacier Bay Fast Facts

  • Glacier Bay National Park covers a total area of 3,280,198 acres
  • The number of people visiting Glacier Bay in 2017 was 547,057 *
  • Glacier Bay was made a national park on December 2, 1980
  • The lowest elevation found in Glacier Bay is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
  • The highest elevation found in Glacier Bay is 15,320 feet on Mount Fairweather
  • There is no entrance fee for Glacier Bay National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park lies in the Alaska time zone
  • We last visited Glacier Bay National Park in June 2014
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Glacier Bay Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Glacier Bay

  • Glacier Bay National Park is larger than the U.S. state of Connecticut. At the same time, it is less than 1% of the total area of Alaska.
  • The Canadian border with the province of British Columbia crosses the highest point in Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Fairweather.
  • The ice that breaks off, or calves, from the tidewater glaciers in Glacier Bay is between 75 and 200 years old.
  • Tides in Glacier Bay can vary as much as 25 feet between high and low tide.

Where is Glacier Bay National Park?

Glacier Bay National Park is located in a remote area of southeastern Alaska. The nearest city is Juneau, the state capital of Alaska, but there are no roads connecting the park to the city. The small town of Gustavus is connected to the Bartlett Cove area of the park by the lone paved road in the region. Travel to the area by air or sea is necessary. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Glacier Bay.

Bartlett Cove area
(58.45314161590307, -135.88602465461008)

More About Glacier Bay

We have pages on all sorts of things about Glacier Bay National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.