The small resort town of Bartlett Cove is a scenic dream in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Only 5 miles north of Gustavus, and 50 miles northwest of Juneau, Bartlett Cove was once home to a 100-mile long glacier. Though the landscape has changed over two hundred years, the topography that remains today offers breathtaking views and outdoor activities suited for all levels.
A jet charter airport in Bartlett Cove is one of the few ways to access this remote bay. Once on land, enjoy the forest trail walk that winds through a forest dotted with spruce and hemlock trees. The forest trail leads to a beach where visitors can look out on the waters of the pacific. The forest trail can be completed with a park ranger.
If visitors prefer to walk a river trail, the Bartlett River Trail is a five mile round trip that takes visitors by a lagoon, the forest, and finishes at the Bartlett River estuary. Ducks, geese and other water birds are easily spotted, but bears, coyotes and porcupines make occasional appearances.
Kayaking is another way for visitors to immerse themselves in the natural wonder of Bartlett Cove. While mountain-studded views are guaranteed, kayakers may get to see additional wildlife up close.
The Huna Tribal House, Xunaa Shuká Hít, celebrates Bartlett Cove’s cultural history. Marvel at the detailed work of the carved totems, and the stories they tell. Cultural programs are held during the summer months. The Huna Tribal House is elevated by the four house posts from each Glacier Bay clan.