Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay Fast Facts

How big is Glacier Bay National Park?

Glacier Bay covers a total area of 3,280,198 acres or 5,125 square miles.

How many people visit Glacier Bay National Park?

89,768 people visited Glacier Bay in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Glacier Bay Visitation Stats.

When was Glacier Bay National Park created?

Glacier Bay was made a national park on December 2, 1980.

What are the highest and lowest elevations in Glacier Bay National Park?

Glacier Bay’s lowest point is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean. The highest point in Glacier Bay is 15,320 feet on Mount Fairweather.

What time zone is Glacier Bay National Park located in?

Glacier Bay is in the Alaska Time Zone.

How much does it cost to enter Glacier Bay National Park?

There is no entrance fee for Glacier Bay National Park.

Five Random Facts About Glacier Bay

one 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.

two The Canadian border with the province of British Columbia crosses the highest point in Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Fairweather.

three The ice that breaks off, or calves, from the tidewater glaciers in Glacier Bay is between 75 and 200 years old.

four The visitor season in Glacier Bay is from late May to early September. The peak period of visitation is the month of July. The park is open the rest of the year, but visitor services are very limited.

five 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.