Go for a Drive

Visitors driving the Richardson Highway should be ready to pull over at one of the turnoffs, perfectly placed near the many waterfalls, canyons and glaciers.

The Richardson Highway passes right through the Keystone Canyon. The canyon is not only geologically magnificent but also is home to some pretty incredible history. In the early 1900s when copper and gold mining was in full swing, there were attempts to build a railroad through the canyon. A tunnel that was built at the time can still be viewed today. The canyon stretches from miles 14 through 17. Make a day out of the road trip and travel all the way to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park; only two hours away or stay in the canyon and book a tour to raft or kayak the Lowe River or climb the ice walls in the winter. Visitors who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, get a great view of it all from the Valdez Goat Trail.

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The amazing scenery surrounding Valdez can be best experienced on one of its many hiking trails.


The hatchery is easily accessible and open daily in the summer for walking tours.


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