Valdez, Alaska


Valdez, Alaska

Valdez, Alaska

You do not want to miss Valdez on your Great Alaska Adventure. It is home to five glaciers in the Valdez area that can be accessed by cruising, flying, walking or driving. Other summer activities include fishing, hiking, biking, and glacier trekking and repelling. Watch the past come alive while visiting the local museums and collections displaying Alaska Native artifacts and area history from the early  days of the previous century to modern times.

It was made infamous in 1989 by the grounding of the tanker Exxon Valdez. Valdez itself and the portion of Prince William Sound that fronts Valdez were untouched by the spill.

Valdez is often called Alaska’s “Little Switzerland,” is situated in a majestic fjord, where the 5,000-foot tall Chugach Mountains rise from Prince William Sound, making it an ideal spot for both summer and winter activities.

The waters around Valdez is a fishing paradise for anglers and if you are a fisherman, you want to make this part of your Great Alaska Adventure. Its surrounding waters are teeming with salmon and halibt. Cruise the pristine waters of the Sound amongst massive tidewater glaciers. There is abundant marine and bird life everywhere you look. Valdez is a favorite spot for kayakers, climbers, and hikers with its steep Mountains, glaciers, towering waterfalls, historic Gold Rush trails, Native culture and history.

The surrounding Chugach mountains receive between 600-900 inches of fresh powder snow each year. For a winter Great Alaska Adventure you do definitely want to be in Valdez.  Helicopter and snowcat skiing, and snowboarding are the best in the world ranging from intermediate to extreme. Backcountry, telemark and cross country skiing provide more options. Snowmobiling near Valdez is also a world class experience with endless peaks, valleys, and glaciers to explore. Cold temperatures serve to freeze waterfalls around Valdez, providing unparalleled ice climbing opportunities.

The waters around Valdez abound with sea otters, Dall porpoise, harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, & Humpback and Orca whales. The jagged cliffs are home to mountain goats and Dall sheep.  The vast mountainsides and valleys boasts black and brown bear and many other smaller animal species. Bird viewing opportunities are up close and personal. Bald eagles are abundant and scores of ducks and shorebirds are present through most of summer and fall. Be sure to approach wildlife and their dens, rookeries, and nests with respect.

Several years ago a small dog was literally snatched from the ground by a Bald Eagle right in front of a service station in downtown Valdez as the poor owners watched as their poor little dog disappeared over the trees never in the eagles grasp, never to be seen again.

The growth and settlement of Valdez was attributed to fur trading, salmon canning, and gold and copper mining. During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98, prospectors came to Valdez believing the Copper River and valdez Glacier to be the entry to the interior gold fields. From 1910 to 1916, copper and gold mining flourished in the area. In the early 1970’s, Valdez became the staging area for work on the lower portion of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Today, Valdez hosts the Valdez Marine Terminal, which is the southernmost end of the 800-mile pipeline.

Flightseeing is a great way to see this beautiful area. You can depart the Valdez waterfront and immediately enter the wilderness of the Chugach mountains with an experienced Alaska bush pilot. Whether you want to land on a mountain lake, fly over fjords, view glaciers and wildlife or just enjoy the phenomenal and breathtaking beauty of the last frontier. Scheduled services are also available to Prince William Sound.

Valdez is located on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep-water fjord in Prince William Sound. It lies 305 road miles east of Anchorage, and 364 road miles south of Fairbanks. It is the southern terminus of the Richardson Highway and the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Access can be by vehicle via the Richardson Highway, daily scheduled jet service,or the Alaska Marine Highway ferry from Cordova, Whittier and Seward.

Valdez was made infamousin 1989 by the grounding of the tanker Exxon Valdez. Valdez itself and the portion of Prince William Sound that fronts Valdez were untouched by the spill.
Valdez is often called Alaska’s “Little Switzerland,”is situated in a majestic fjord, where the 5,000-foot tall Chugach Mountains rise from Prince William Sound, making it an ideal spot for both summer and winter activities.
Valdez is a fishing paradise for anglers. Its surrounding waters are teeming with salmon and halibt. Cruise the pristine waters of the Sound amongst massive tidewater glaciers. There is abundant marine and bird life everywhere you look. Valdez is a favorite spot for kayakers, climbers, and hikers with its steep Mountains, glaciers, towering waterfalls, historic Gold Rush trails, Native culture and historyValdez is home to 5 glaciers in the Valdez area that can be accessed by cruising, flying, walking or driving. Other summer activities include fishing, hiking, biking, and glacier trekking and rapelling. Watch the past come alive while visiting the local museums and collections displaying Alaska Native artifacts and area history from early to recent days of the previous century.
Valdez was made infamousin 1989 by the grounding of the tanker Exxon Valdez. Valdez itself and the portion of Prince William Sound that fronts Valdez were untouched by the spill.
Valdez is often called Alaska’s “Little Switzerland,”is situated in a majestic fjord, where the 5,000-foot tall Chugach Mountains rise from Prince William Sound, making it an ideal spot for both summer and winter activities.
Valdez is a fishing paradise for anglers. Its surrounding waters are teeming with salmon and halibt. Cruise the pristine waters of the Sound amongst massive tidewater glaciers. There is abundant marine and bird life everywhere you look. Valdez is a favorite spot for kayakers, climbers, and hikers with its steep Mountains, glaciers, towering waterfalls, historic Gold Rush trails, Native culture and history.
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