Mendenhall Ice Caves also called Mendenhall Glacier, it occupies about 19 kilometers of the Mendenhall Valley in Juneau, in the southeastern United States in the state of Alaska. It was originally known as “the glacier behind the town” (Sitaantaagu) or the glacier behind the little lake (Aak’wtaaksit).

Ice cave in Mendenhall glacier


The glacier was named Auke in memory of naturalist John Muir. In 1981 the name was changed. This time it was in honor of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, one of the most important scientific professors of the region.

Ice Cave Entrance


It is a true spectacle of nature, but in this case the most impressive thing is underground. In the interior we can find some paths covered by glacial ice in which you can glimpse a series of bright colors that nowhere else can be seen.


We can find two waterfalls that slide down the adjacent mountain and its passage in the glacier form huge ice caves forming these trails that will allow you to live one of the most beautiful experiences of your life.

You can find paths lined with glacial ice. Paths adorned by bright colors that no other corner under the Earth can imitate. It even features two waterfalls cascading down an adjacent mountain.

Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves

One of the most impressive sights of the glacier is its extremely blue ice cave: the combination of the ice walls with the sunlight provides an incredible view.

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How much does it cost to go to Mendenhall Glacier?

The entrance fee is $5 for everyone 16 and over at the visitor center during summer months (May 1 to September 30) when it is open from 8:00am-7:30pm daily. The fees are free (no entrance fee required) during winter (October to April) when it is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. For more info visit: Travel Juneau

Is there parking at Mendenhall Glacier?

There are several parking spots at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, but you'll want to be sure to arrive early. Parking is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important to get there early if you don't want to miss out on your chance to park. For more info visit Travel Juneau

How old is the Mendenhall Glacier?

The Mendenhall Glacier is over 3,000 years old. It was formed in the last ice age, when glaciers covered most of Alaska. The glacier has been retreating rapidly since the end of that period, but it is still one of the largest glaciers in all of the United States.

Can I take a taxi to Mendenhall Glacier?

Yes, you can take a taxi to Mendenhall Glacier. A taxi will cost about $35-45 one-way . You can also drive there yourself, but I would recommend taking a taxi because the roads are winding and narrow, and it's easy to get lost when you're driving in a new place.


Ice Cave Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau AK


Ice Cave Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau AK

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