Backcountry Camping Orientation

2022 Backcountry Orientation

An orientation is required for all backcountry campers. This orientation may be completed online(see below), or in person. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, in-person camper orientations will take place at the Visitor Information Station (VIS) at 10 AM and 6 PM daily. For the rest of May and September, orientations will be at 10 AM and 3 PM daily. Please watch the following videos to complete your orientation:
  1. 2022 Glacier Bay Camper's (Backcountry) Orientation
  2. At Home in the Wilderness

Updates to Video Orientation (as of July 9th)

1. Weather Broadcasts will be 0845 and 1645 daily
2. The VIS will temporarily be on limited operating hours from 0800-1700

Your Backcountry Orientation is not complete until all operators have signed an Orientation Confirmation Form and sent it to the Visitor Information Station.

. It is your responsibility to complete an orientation and follow all park rules and regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information to address some of our most frequently asked questions, please watch videos:
  1. Tides and Currents
  2. Trip Planning and Hazards (available soon)
  3. Wildlife Encounters (available soon)

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27 minutes, 30 seconds

Join Ranger Joseph for a mandatory camper's orientation before your trip into the wilds of Glacier Bay!

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16 minutes

A Backcountry Guide to Glacier Bay. You have come seeking solitude and natural beauty, but you are also engaged in a partnership with this extraordinary place. A partnership to protect and sustain the bounty and beauty of Glacier Bay.


Frequently Asked Questions and Other Information

Additional information to help you prepare for a trip into Glacier Bay.
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5 minutes, 22 seconds

Learn about tides and currents. Knowing these conditions is a matter of critical safety when traveling the remote waters of Glacier Bay. Boaters can utilize tidal and water current knowledge to aid their boating experience throughout the Bay.


4) Trip Planning and Hazards (available soon)

5) Wildlife Encounters (available soon)

Last updated: July 9, 2022

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