Untouched yet within reach.
The 2021 Valdez Photo Contest is live! Entries will be accepted through August 15th. Five runner-up photos will be selected for a prize of $50 each. One grand-prize winner will be selected for a $500 cash prize and the chance for their photo to appear on the cover of the 2022 Valdez Visitors Guide.
Fishing in Prince William Sound!
Valdez's Prince William Sound is a premier fishing destination offering all species of salmon and some of the most accessible big halibut in Alaska. Valdez is home to the oldest fish derbies in Alaska, awarding thousands of dollars in prize money each year. You can fish from shore along Dayville Road or take a charter from the Valdez Small Boat Harbor. Rent a boat from Corsair Charters or taking a charter with the local experts at Valdez Outfitters our our many other local fishing charters!
Hiking & Biking
Discover Valdez's amazing trails for hiking and biking.
Glacier & Wildlife Tours
Valdez offers a full array of opportunities to view our glaciers and wildlife. Consider a kayak tour with Anadyr Adventures or Pangaea Adventures, or take an aerial tour with VS Helicopters. Consider a glacier cruise with Lu-Lu Belle Cruises or Stan Stephens Cruises.
Winter Sports in the Chugach Mountains!
Valdez is a clear choice for winter adventures in Alaska. The surrounding Chugach Mountains receive over 600 inches of fresh powder each year. Helicopter, and snowcat skiing, and snowboarding is 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. Various trails located in and around Valdez are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country adventures. Cold temperatures serve to freeze waterfalls around Valdez, providing unparalleled ice climbing opportunities. Access the terrain with Black Ops Valdez or our other winter operators.
History, Arts & Culture
The growth and settlement of Valdez can be 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 oil pipeline.
A full range of accommodations is available in Valdez. Hotels and B&Bs are located within walking distance of most of Valdez's downtown attractions. Cabins and wilderness lodges are also available. Check out our special offers for discounts on lodging during your stay in Valdez. Valdez has great opportunities for RV camping, tent camping, and wilderness camping. A number of RV parks are available in and out of town.
A Vibrant Community
Many community services are available in Valdez.