The dazzling Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska is quite a sight.
Less than 20 kilometers northeast of Juneau, this long "river of ice" can be found in the temperate Tongass National Forest, home to black bears, eagles and a wide variety of other animals.
Get a Close-Up Look
We stopped to chat with Barbara Lindh, a naturalist for the U.S Forest Service, and John Neary, the director of the Glacier Visitor Center, both of whom work to educate people about the glacier and its ephemeral beauty, and why you should come visit now.
Gathering to view Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls