Located on Prince William Sound, this picturesque seaside town of approximately 4,025 residents sits on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep-water fjord, and lies less than 25 miles from Columbia Glacier. Often known as the terminus of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, Valdez is a popular destination for summer and winter travelers, accessible by plane, vehicle or ferry.
More than 25 years ago the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill put Prince William Sound in the nation’s headlines. Today that body of water off the Gulf of Alaska is recovered and the ecosystem is thriving. Visitors can explore the area’s natural beauty aboard Day Glacier & Wildlife Cruises through Prince William Sound.
Travelers marvel at electric-blue glaciers and watch for wildlife, such as humpback, fin, sei and orca whales, sea otters, harbor seals and more. Guests keep within a safe distance of the glacier’s face so they can experience regularly calving of the glaciers. Guests learn about the glaciers, the history of Prince William Sound and the local marine life as they travel along each cruise.
YEAR-ROUND activities and outdoor adventures all within walking distance in Valdez; one of the prettiest places in Alaska. Experience Valdez by boat cruises, helicopter, kayaks, hiking the many trails, yacht, snowmobiles, and snowshoeing.
The Prince William Sound in Valdez is a premier fishing destination. Open year round, our waters are home to of all species of salmon, rockfish, lingcod, and some of the most accessible halibut in Alaska. You can drop a line from shore, drive your own boat or take a charter into deeper seas.
There are other fishing opportunities in some of our nearby lakes and rivers. Ruth Pond, centrally located in town, has trout that kids or adults can fish for. Fish & Game keep this lake stocked with trout each year. Blueberry Lake, located in Thompson Pass, is stocked with Rainbow Trout.
Valdez is home to the oldest fish derbies in Alaska, awarding thousands of dollars in prize money each year. Young and old, all skill levels, the thrill of reeling in a record-breaking fish will keep you coming back for more.
Valdez is one of the snow capitals of the world. With a long-standing reputation for great snow, more than 300 inches is measured annually in the city and 600 to 900 inches in nearby Thompson Pass! Valdez and the surrounding Chugach Mountains creates a perfect landscape for heli-skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and ice climbing. There are various cross-country skiing trails in and around Valdez.
Access the backcountry on foot, snowmobile, by helicopter or snow cat for some of the most amazing big mountain skiing and snowboarding in the world. Local Valdez guides and outfitters help create the dream winter vacation with single or multi-day packages.
Our beautiful waterfalls and glaciers are pathways to adventure for ice climbers and hikers. Whatever challenges you are looking for, whether top-roping or multi-pitch lead climbing; there are dozens of routes around Valdez that will suit your needs.
Come Discover Valdez and visit soon! More travel information can be found at www.valdezalaska.org
Until then, please enjoy a piece of Valdez in the meantime, by enjoying your shopping experience in our store.