Crimson columbine grow along the shores of the lake at Valdez Glacier.

Valdez Glacier


Valdez Glacier located in Valdez is a popular tourist attraction, many people enjoy watching the icebergs if staying on shore.

  • Location: 61 ° 17' 24" N, 146 ° 12' 28" W
  • Borough: Valdez-Cordova (CA)
  • Topo Maps: Now in tabbed section further down page
  • Nearest City: Valdez
  • Elevation: 3,189 ft / 972 m
  • Length: 22 mi
  • Description


    Getting There

    From downtown Valdez get on the Richardson Highway, turn left on to Airport Road stay on it to the end(even as it becomes Glacier Campground Rd). This will get you to the lake. The glacier has receded up between steep walls it carved out, and it resting behind the lake. To reach the glacier a boat is recommended. Though it is physically possible to reach the glacier clinging to dear life traversing through the brush.

    Guided tours to the glacier begin around $70 per person and go up from there.


    Due to it's long gradual descent, Valdez Glacier was used as a trail for many looking to enter the interior of Alaska in search of gold back in the late 1800's.

    In spring of 2012 three scientist (Anthony Arendt, Gabriel Wolken, Alessio Gusmeroli)were able to snowmachine (snowmobile) up to the summit of the glacier since the 400+ inches of snow that fell that winter provided plenty of protection from the glaciers many crevasses.

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