What's So Special About Glacier Bay?

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Glacier Bay is a special place. Discover why.

Wild, Resilient, and Sacred

From the bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay encompasses some of our continent's most amazing scenery and wildness. It is a land reborn, a world returning to life, a living lesson in resilience. If ever we needed a place to intrigue and inspire us, this is it. Glacier Bay is a homeland, a living laboratory, a national park, a designated wilderness, a biosphere reserve, and a world heritage site. It's a marine park, where great adventure awaits by boating into inlets, coves and hideaway harbors. It's also a land park, with its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers, and emerald–green forests. From the summit to sea, Glacier Bay's wildness is remote, dynamic and intact.


A Place of Hope

Glacier Bay is a globally significant marine and terrestrial wilderness sanctuary.

  • A place that offers human solitude and a remote wildness that is rapidly disappearing in today's world.
  • A place of hope--for the continued wisdom, restraint, and humility to preserve a sample of wild America, the world as it was.
  • It is part of one of the largest internationally protected Biosphere Reserves in the world, and it is recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.

A Place of Inspiration

Long before there were written records of Glacier Bay, there were stories.

Dynamic Change

A Land of Dynamic Change

Glacier Bay's story is one of dynamic change in the wake of dramatic glacial movements.

  • Glacier Bay collects many glaciers flowing from the tall surrounding mountains with abundant snowfall.
  • As recently as 1750 a single glacier thousands of feet thick filled what is now a 65-mile long fjord.
  • This glacial retreat has exposed a resilient land that hosts a succession of marine and terrestrial life.
  • Here is an opportunity to see how the physical world shapes the biological.
Glacier Bay science

A Natural Laboratory

Botanist William Cooper spearheaded efforts to preserve not only a place to view glaciers, wildlife, and grandeur, but also a living laboratory to study and enjoy through the ages.

  • Glacier Bay offers unexcelled opportunities to study earth's most fundamental geologic processes.
  • A center where researchers from multiple disciplines collaborate to conduct management and ecosystem directed research.
  • What scientists learn at Glacier Bay may one day foretell changes to the region and the world.
  • There are many exciting research projects underway in Glacier Bay National Park!
Glacier Bay Beneath the Reflections

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Glacier Bay: Beneath The Reflections

Glacier Bay Fact Sheet

Glacier Bay Fact Sheet

How big? How high? How deep? Glacier Bay Fact Sheet

The Fairweather Visitor Guide

The Fairweather Visitor Guide

Read the latest issue of the official 40-page color visitor's guide to Glacier Bay National Park.

Laws and Policies

Laws and Policies

Help us protect YOUR national park.

Visiting on a Cruise Ship?

Visiting on a Cruise Ship?

The spectacular scenery and wildlife of Glacier Bay make it a highlight of any Alaska cruise. Learn how to get the most out of your day.

Park Management

Park Management

Protecting this place for the enjoyment and inspiration of this and future generations.

Last updated: March 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
PO Box 140

Gustavus, AK 99826


(907) 697-2230

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