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Mountain TrailSummer and Winter Use
The Valdez Parks Department maintains numerous trails in and around Valdez. They range from short easy hikes to very long difficult adventures. Information on all of our trails can be found on our Summer Trail Maps Booklet and our Winter Trails Guide. Our trails include use areas for:
  • Cross country skiing
  • Dog sleds
  • Four wheelers
  • Hiking 
  • Running
  • Snow machines
  • Walking 

Park Shelter Rentals
The Valdez Parks Department has several picnic shelters which are available for party rentals and events. Contact The Parks Department main office at (907) 835-2531 to arrange for rentals. For parties which will be having alcohol, an alcohol waiver is necessary prior to your event and can also be acquired from the Parks and Recreation office.

  • Parks - View the amenities available for parks in Valdez.
  • Trails - View the amenities for the various trails in Valdez.

Paths of Poetry

Much like the Alaska State Parks’ “Poems in Place,” which is a statewide poetry contest intended to capture the essence of a special place within Alaska State Parks - The Valdez Parks & Recreation Department is borrowing the idea and bringing it home to Valdez through “Paths of Poetry.”  

Locals and visitors alike, are encouraged to submit original poetry that best portrays the spirit of their favorite City-maintained trail (Dock Point, Overlook, Pack, Goat or Wagon Trail).  The winning poem will be installed on a permanent sign along the highlighted trail and recognized in a public dedication ceremony the following spring.

The intent of the program is to highlight the connection between poetry and the beauty of Valdez.  New works will be selected each year to ensure an opportunity for all trails to be highlighted, along with the artist. 

For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Office at: (907) 835-2531 or stop by and visit us inside the Civic Center located at 314 Clifton Drive.