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Valdez Bears

Valdez, Alaska is home to both black bears and brown bears. 

identification chart for black and brown bears

Photo from City of Valdez Parks & Recreation

Bear Viewing

There are several areas in the Valdez area to view black and brown bears, but please remain "bear aware"!

  • Aspen Interpretive Trail: This is a hiking trail in Glennallen, a must stop on your way to Valdez from Anchorage, Fairbanks or Tok. 
  • Crooked Creek: A salmon spawning creek where bears love to feed in the summer; don't worry though, a safe viewing platform is provided!
  • Dock Point Trail: An easy hiking trail where bears forage for plants in the spring and den in the winter. Certain areas are off limits to humans. 
  • The Fish Hatchery: Our local salmon hatchery attracts all sorts of wildlife looking for a snack. Spot birds, seals, sea lions and, yes, bears!
  • Mineral Creek Trail: A longer hiking trail along Mineral Creek. 
  • Valdez Duck Flats: This wetland area is a great place to spot migratory birds as well as bears. 

Remember, this is Alaska and there are BEARS all around you! Howver, if you hike smart and use common sense, you should be able to safely enjoy all that Valdez has to offer!”

Valdez Parks & Recreation

Bear Awareness

Be bear aware.

Some quick tips from Valdez Parks & Recreation:

  • BE A NOISY HIKER Sing, talk, clap your hands, wear a bell.
  • GIVE BEARS SPACE Watch & photograph from a safe distance.
  • RESPECT A BEAR’S MEAL Stay away from deceased animals.
  • KEEP A CLEAN CAMP Cook at least 100 ft from camp & store food away from your camp in well sealed containers.

For more information, please consult the following resources:


humans stand too close to a brown bear

Remember to give bears space! Photo by Bob Benda. 

Know Your Bear Facts!

From Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Bear Spray

Some people traveling in Alaska prefer to carry bear spray with them for personal protection. Bear spray is available for purchase in Valdez at our local outfitters. However, if you choose to carry bear spray, please do so safely and responsibly. 

What You Should Know About Bear Spray

From Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Valdez Highlights