Valdez – The Land of Waterfalls

Main Image: Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon.  PC: Sean Taylor.

For all you thrill seekers looking for waterfalls, Valdez, Alaska has some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the world. With more than 27 feet of average snow fall during the winter, Valdez becomes The Land of Waterfalls when the snow melts in the spring and summer time. Countless waterfalls cascade down almost every mountain side in Valdez.

When driving into Valdez, you will pass through Keystone Canyon; a place of spectacular waterfalls, magnificent geology and fascinating history. Horsetail Falls and Bridal Veil Falls cascade over towering canyon walls, greeting travelers from above.  Keystone Canyon is located at miles 14 through 17 on the Richardson Highway.

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Horsetail Falls in Keystone Canyon (Summer).  PC: valdezalaska.org

There are various ways to get up close to these spectacular waterfalls: drive through the Keystone Canyon and park at one of the pull-outs to take beautiful photos; raft or kayak the Lowe River which runs directly in front of Bridal Veil Falls; or hike through the 1.8-mile Keystone Canyon Pack Trail that puts hikers above the Bridal Veil Falls and Keystone Canyon for a breathtaking birds-eye view. Ice climb the magnificent frozen waterfalls in the winter time.

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Horsetail Falls in Keystone Canyon (Winter)  PC: Levitation49.org

Once you’ve entered the town of Valdez, hike one of our many trails where spectacular waterfalls can be enjoyed. Take a wildlife cruise and see all the waterfalls that flow down the majestic mountains into Prince William Sound.

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Waterfalls cascading down from Glaciers (Prince William Sound).  PC: Seed Media.

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