Size: 3.2 Million Acres

Year Established: 1980

Annual Visitors: 90,000

Firearms Information in Glacier Bay National Park

People who are allowed to legally possess weapons under both federal and Alaska state law are able to do so within Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, thanks to a federal law that went into effect on February 22, 2010.

The applicable regulations of 36 CFR Section 2.4(a)(2)(ii) and 36 CFR Section 13.30 still ban the use or discharge of a handgun within Glacier Bay National Park.

Hunting in Glacier Bay National Park

In the presence of a valid Alaska hunting license, hunting in Glacier Bay National Preserve is permitted.

Additional Information About Glacier Bay National Park

The Grand Pacific Glacier, which was 4,000 feet thick, used to cover the whole area. But as the earth has warmed, it has moved away and split into 20 separate glaciers. When the faces of its tidewater glaciers break off, they drop hill-sized chunks of ice into the bay. This makes waves in the water that keep cruise ships at least two miles away.

Most people who go to the site do so on cruise ships, but some also go in small boats and kayaks.

A breaching humpback whale, which can weigh up to 40 tons, is a rare but highly prized sight. The park, which is a whale sanctuary, is also home to the orca (killer whale).

Even though the park looks harsh, it is full of alpine tundra where moose, Steller’s sea lions, and black and brown bears live.

Best Time to Visit Glacier Bay National Park

The best time to visit Glacier Bay National Park is between the months of June to September.

Visitor Fees

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve does not require a fee to get in.

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

Glacier Bay National Park Visitor Center


179 Barlett Cove Road, Gustavus, AK 99826

Phone Number

(907) 697-2661

Hours of Operation

Daily 6:00 AM–10:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. Closed until Summer 2023.

Visitor Information Station


Located at the foot of the public-use dock in Bartlett Cove.

Hours of Operation

Daily 7:00 AM–7:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures. Closed until Summer 2023.