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Valdez Glacier

Valdez Glacier provides breathtaking sights and a glimpse into the local history and culture of the area. Known as the All- American Route, gold seekers traveled over the glacier into the interior of Alaska during the Gold Rush of 1898.

Valdez Glacier is a 20 mile valley glacier located in the Chugach Mountains and terminates in Valdez. The runoff of this gorgeous glacier is so vast it creates a lake in front of the terminus. During summertime Valdez Glacier Lake becomes a beautiful area to kayak on. Please be sure to wear your lifejacket, as this glacier-fed lake is approximately 640 feet deep. There are various outfitters in Valdez who will guide visitors on kayak tours.

In the winter, Valdez Glacier Lake becomes a frozen wonderland, where massive icebergs form into amazing natural sculptures. Ice skating, snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling are also possible on this lake during certain times of the winter. Please be sure to check and make sure this lake is completely frozen before going on it. Safety first and have fun exploring.

How To Get There

Take Airport Road out to Valdez Glacier Lake. Kayak tours of Valdez Glacier and Valdez Glacier Lake are available with our local kayak guides

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History

Gold-seekers crossed Valdez Glacier during the Gold Rush of 1898. 

Going Home

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Valdez Glacier


Remnants of Valdez Glacier

Photo by Gary Minish


Valdez Glacier


Valdez Glacier Ice Cave

Photo by Leigh Coates


Valdez Glacier


Glacier Ice Cave

Photo by Leigh Coates


Valdez Glacier


Valdez Glacier Lake

Kayaking on Valdez Glacier Lake

Valdez Highlights