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Photographer's Note

When driving into Valdez, you pass through Keystone Canyon. It is a place of spectacular waterfalls, magnificent geology and fascinating history. Keystone Canyon at miles 14 through 17 on the Richardson Highway.

From 1910 to 1916, copper and gold mining flourished in the Valdez area. There were attempts to build a railroad through the canyon and into the copper country. Rival railroad corporations fought a gun battle in the canyon to secure a right-of-way-north of valdez. A tunnel, which was built at the time, can still be seen as you drive through the canyon.

You can raft or kayak the Lowe River. You can also climb the magnificent, steep-sided, rock walls. During the winter the canyon is a popular place for ice climbing. The Valdez Goat Trail is a great place to hike. It is located at mile 13.5 in Keystone Canyon, and begins at the Bridal Veil Falls turnout.

The best known falls are Horsetail Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

The road inclines to Thompson Pass just beyond the falls.

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