Glaciers are a central component of the visitor experience in Alaska. Most of Alaska’s glacier- covered area lies within national park boundaries. Of Alaska’s 15 national parks, preserves and monuments, nine contain or adjoin glaciers: Aniakchak, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Klondike Gold Rush, Lake Clark, and Wrangell-St. Elias.
Glaciers in Alaska’s national parks persist because of our climate – relatively wet and cold. Glaciers are changing just as the climate has changed over time, and will continue to change.