Valdez has played a major role in recent Alaska history. Here are just a few of the significant historic events it has seen:
1898 | Gold Rush Stampede
1964 | 5 minute, 9.2 measured earthquake (Good Friday Quake)
1970's |Construction of Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline & Marine Terminal
1989 | Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and Cleanup
1989/90 | 47 feet of snow (1989/1990).
1952/53 I 974.1 inches of snow in Thompson Pass, the most ever recorded in the U.S.
Situated at the head of a deep, stillwater fjord in the northeast section of Prince William Sound, Valdez is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. They are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the Northwest. Valdez is the northernmost ice-free port in North America. The town covers 274 square miles. As of 2000, the population was 4,100.
BY LAND — Valdez is accessible by the Richardson Highway.
BY AIR — Valdez is serviced daily, year-round by one regional airline.
BY WATER — Major cruise lines, day cruise boats, and a regional ferry keep Valdez connected via Prince William Sound.
Valdez Fish Derbies, July 4th Celebrations, Last Frontier Theater Conference, Gold Rush Days, Softball & Basketball Tournaments, Ice Climbing Festival, Mayor's Cup Cross Country Snowmobile Race, Mountain Man Snowmobile Hill Climb Competition, Tailgate Alaska World Freeride Festival, World Championships of Snowboarding, Snowfest, KVAK WInterfest & Frosty Fever, Chugach Kite and Fun Fest and much more!
MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS: Valdez has a full-service Convention & Civic Center with 20,000 square feet of meet/convention, exhibit, and theater space. This facility is perfect for groups of up to 500 people.
VISITOR INFORMATION: The Valdez Visitor Information Center is located at the corner of Egan and Chenega and is open year round. For additional information on meetings and conventions, group tour needs, or visitor activities and services please call, 907-835-4636.