Valdez and the surrounding Chugach Mountains are home to hundreds of glaciers, and some of our most amazing glaciers are the easiest to access! We invite you to visit Valdez and explore our five magnificent and accessible glaciers: the Columbia, Meares, Shoup, Worthington and Valdez Glaciers.
The Columbia Glacier is the
The Meares Glacier will blow
you away as it calves and
sends huge chunks of ice
into the ocean, while sounds
of ancient, cracking ice
reverberate through the air.
Meares is the only tidewater
glacier at the head of the
Unakwik Inlet that is currently
advancing. Day cruises will
take you a quarter mile
from the face.
Shoup Glacier is tucked away in
Shoup Bay and can be accessed
by boat, kayak, helicopter, or by
foot. Kayak companies offer day
trips that allow you to explore
icebergs, marine wildlife
and more. For more experienced
hikers, the 8.5 mile hike to
Shoup Bay provides fabulous
views and an amazing
Black-legged Kittiwake rookery.
Valdez Glacier is located on the
Worthington Glacier is a must-visit stop on your way to Valdez if you're traveling by road. It is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska,
Hikers viewing Columbia Glacier photo by Pangaea Adventures. Shoup Glacier photos by Pangaea Adventures.