Staying Safe at Glacier Bay National Park

Located in the panhandle of Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With massive glaciers, spectacular landscapes, and a variety of wildlife, there is much to explore at this national park. Be sure to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting Glacier Bay National Park to ensure a smooth trip!


Cold rainy weather that gives way to near freezing temperatures at night make hypothermia a significant safety threat in Glacier Bay National Park. It’s important to wear plenty of layers, moisture wicking clothing, sturdy, waterproof hiking boots, a hat, and gloves. The weather in this region can be unpredictable, quickly changing from one moment to the next, so it’s best to be prepared for anything. 


Bears are incredibly common in the park, so make sure to keep a safe distance if you encounter them and make plenty of noise while you hike to avoid scaring them. It’s essential to keep your food and scented items stored properly in a bear bag or locked car to avoid contact with bears, moose, and other wild animals.

Other Concerns 

When kayaking in the park make sure to keep a safe distance from glaciers and icebergs, as 

ice calving can occur at any time which can crush you and/or create massive waves that can overtake small vessels. Remain visible to cruise ships by keeping a safe distance and giving them a wide berth. Tides can be strong in the park and can easily sweep your boat out to sea, so bring a reliable tide chart with you and know how to read it.

Always boil water from streams and lakes or treat it well before drinking to avoid dangerous waterborne diseases.

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