Welcome to Valdez! The Valdez Adventure Alliance is the permitted commercial operator for four state park units in Valdez: three public-use cabins in Shoup Bay State Marine Park, Blueberry Lake Campground, Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site on Thompson Pass, and the Shoup Trail (A). Facilities at Blueberry and Worthington and Blueberry are officially open May 15 - Sept. 15, weather permitting. Maintaining these facilities is a labor of love. Please do your part and encourage others to practice the seven Leave No Trace principles and respect Thompson Pass.
Please click on this link to check cabin availability and make reservations.
The McAllister cabin, at the mouth of Shoup Bay, is best accessed by kayak or boat. There is a narrow channel that leads to the inner lagoon where Moraine and Kittiwake cabins are located. Cabin rentals are available by reservation only for $70/night. As is recommended throughout Alaska, be sure to pack the essentials: bear spray, bug spray and warm layers to be ready for whatever weather Mother Nature decides to throw at you. There are fuel oil stoves in the cabins that take kerosene fuel. Plan between 1 - 2 gallons of kerosene per day depending on weather and your own comfort preferences. Click to read this info sheet for more details to help you plan your trip.
Water taxi services for Shoup Cabins:
Kimberlin Water Taxi, www.kimberlinswatertaxi.com
Service may also be provided by kayaking outfitters
BLUEBERRY LAKE CAMPGROUND:
Please click on this link to check campsite availability and make reservations.
Blueberry Campground opens 05.15.2019 (weather permitting) for the season and closes 09.15.2019.
UPDATE: The Blueberry Lake Campground is still not accessible due to large amounts of snow. Camping is at your own risk, and reservations cannot be guaranteed until further notice.
This beautiful campground on Thompson Pass has spectacular 360-degree mountain views. Fifteen sites are available on a paved loop road near the lake. There are fire pits and picnic tables at each site. Toilets, a water pump and a picnic shelter are available for use. A group camping site is available. There are no RV hookups or pull-throughs. Sites are $25/night with online reservation, or $30/night without online reservation, as available. To discourage bears, there are no public trash receptacles at Blueberry so please practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out your trash.
WORTHINGTON GLACIER STATE RECREATION SITE.
UPDATE: The Worthington Campground is still not accessible due to large amounts of snow. Camping is at your own risk, and reservations cannot be guaranteed until further notice.
Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site is on the Richardson Highway at Milepost 29. Easy accessibility off the highway provides excellent views of the Worthington Glacier, which melts and flows into the Tsina River. The recreation site provides interpretive signage along a paved wheelchair-accessible trail from the parking lot to a viewing platform situated just a short distance from the toe of the glacier. Experienced hikers may enjoy the short but steep Glacier Ridge Trail that affords a different perspective of the glacier and a sweeping vista of the surrounding mountains and valleys of Thompson Pass. This site is open until closed by winter snow and ice conditions. While public vault toilets are on site, please practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out your trash since there is no trash service on site.
Credit cards (MasterCard/Visa/Discover) are accepted for payment when making reservations online. All reservations can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daily cabin check-in and check-out is noon. Changes or cancellation must be done by email by sending a request with name, dates and reservation number to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you arrive late or leave early, nights not spent are not refunded. Reservations cancelled more than 30 days prior to arrival may be transferred to another date or another person, or may be refunded. Reservations cancelled LESS than 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation may be transferred to another person but are NOT eligible for refund NOR transfer to another date. Only written cancellation requests will be considered. Email cancellation requests to email@example.com.
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An important word about Valdez weather and glaciers . . .
Valdez weather reports are notoriously innacurate. Any forecast further than three days out should not be considered reliable. There are a number of "microclimates" in the area, so weather in town can be different than in the Sound, which can be different than Thompson Pass. Be suspicious of weather reports that call for days or weeks on end of rain. That may mean it's going to be gray and sprinkly intermittently or may mean a steady rain. It's impossible to know unless you're here so simply plan accordingly. Bring layers and rain gear, and enjoy Mother Nature in all her moods and glory.
We also suggest you read this informative article before visiting area glaciers. https://www.asf.alaska.edu/blog/glacier-danger-safety/