Mendenhall Visitor Center closed to prep for tourist season

In order to prepare for an extremely busy season this year, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center has announced in a press release it will temporarily suspend its visiting hours, effective immediately.

A favorite destination for locals as well as a huge draw for cruise ship passengers, the visitor center will reopen in late April with a public celebration of the 50th anniversary of the center — the first and oldest in the U.S. Forest Service — which opened its doors in 1962.

The two remaining Friday night Fireside Lectures, scheduled for March 16 and March 23, will not be affected by this closure.

In addition, Juneauites can continue to enjoy to extensive system of trails surrounding the center and Mendenhall Glacier. Although the visitor center itself will be closed during the next six weeks, the restrooms near the parking lot will remain open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Ron Marvin, MGVC director, at 789-6637 or


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