The Forest Service is reopening some of its facilities at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in Juneau for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting on May 1, the welcome kiosk and bathrooms will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Forest Service staff will be at the welcome kiosk to answer questions and interact with guests.
The visitor’s center closed in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main building of the visitor’s center will likely reopen later in the tourist season, according to the Forest Service. Reopening will partially depend on Juneau’s COVID-19 community risk level.
The Forest Service will begin charging its $5 daily fee to visit areas within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. A $15 season pass is also available. Fees will be required from May 1 to Sept. 30.
Areas requiring a fee include the pavilion, the Photo Point Trail, elevated walkways, restrooms, the bus shelter and the visitor’s center. All other trails and parking areas will remain free.