Resources For Visiting Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

This is where you can find websites, helpful phone numbers, friends groups and cooperating associations, and, sometimes, books related to the park.

Glacier Bay National Park: www.nps.gov/glba

Visitor Information: (907) 697-2230

Lodging Concessionaire: ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. 888-229-8687

Friends Groups and Cooperating Organizations

The Friends of Glacier Bay works to serve as a forum for discussion, education and action on issues affecting Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and provide an organized means by which individuals' experience and knowledge of the park can be retained as an influence on the management and management philosophy of the park. The group also is dedicated to ecological integrity, opportunities for solitude and appropriate research in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. (Editor's note: This group's website doesn't seem to be active, and it has been months since their Facebook page was updated.)

Helpful Books

Be Expert With Map And Compass, The Complete Orienteering Handbook

With all the electronic gadgetry that exists -- cell phones, GPS units, personal locator beacons -- why bother learning how to navigate like pathfinders of the last century, with map and compass? Well, for starters you won't worry about your batteries failing you.

Backcountry Bear Basics

One of the most direct books I've read on avoiding bears in the backcountry is Dave Smith's Backcountry Bear Basics.