Along Richardson Highway, you can approach beautiful Keystone Canyon, a gorge near Valdez measuring three miles in length and connects the upper and lower valleys of the Lowe River. With an elevation of 307 feet and nearly perfectly perpendicular walls, this destination makes an excellent location to do some serious rock or winter ice climbing! The canyon is made up of one hundred percent slate and was an important copper and gold mining area in addition to being a photogenic and ecotourism attraction.
Driving on the "adventure corridor" to Valdez includes driving right through this canyon and provides the most spectacular views of waterfalls, interesting geological formations, and more historical insights! You will even be able to see a tunnel carved into the canyon that was used to transport mining supplies via railroad, an early Alaskan engineering feat still admired and used today.
While in Keystone Canyon your group can take advantage of some of the best rafting and kayaking opportunities on the Lowe River, climb the steep hills of the canyon, or hike along any of the many trails surrounding the area, including the local favorite wildlife-packed Valdez Goat Trail. From this path, you will be able to gain access to the Bridal Veils Falls as well as the Horse Tail Falls, two of the most photogenic waterfalls in Alaska. Make sure you bring your camera and plenty of layers to get up close and personal with this natural landmark!