• Sunset view of Glacier Bay and the surrounding Fairweather Mountains.

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

The Monument Develops

Glacier Bay Lodge
Post-war prosperity and pride, and a burgeoning interest in outdoor recreation, led to a new initiative to develop the nation’s parklands for visitor use. In 1956, NPS director Conrad Wirth announced Mission 66—a ten-year program of planning and development for national parks, timed to reach culmination on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Service. Glacier Bay was an eager recipient of Mission 66 dollars, which funded construction of the lodge (which opened on schedule in 1966), as well as the dock, employee residences, an administration building and other facilities at Bartlett Cove.

Did You Know?

Common Snipe

Instead of vocalizing to attract females, common snipe males have another method of drawing the attention of a potential mate. They spread their tail feathers diving downward. Air vibrates through the tail feathers creating an attractive, winnowing sound.