This campground is about 5 miles out of the city of Valdez and situated at the base of a cliff in the Chugach Mountains. It even has it's own waterfall. Price for military is $20 dry camp and $30 for hookups. Non military prices are $5 more. Got here at 3:30 PM yesterday. As this is a no reservation campground there is a pay station at the entrance. We've been to plenty of self pay campgrounds and most have instructions posted next to the pay station. This place doesn't and that may cause some confusion for those who are not used this type of fee collection. There were no envelopes in which to enclose the site fee. I tried to find the campground host but the campground host is only on duty from 0800 to 1200 then from 1600 to 2000 and is off on Monday and Tuesday. Most of the sites I saw were level enough but some would require quite a bit of leveling. Found a pretty nice level site and set up camp figuring that if somebody wanted to take my money they would tell me. Went back to the entrance and the "Iron Ranger" now had pay envelopes, I suppose because the host was back on duty. I looked at the showers, there are 4 unisex, and they looked to be quite run down and not very clean. My big complaint is the pit toilet in the campground I used was filthy. The urinal looked as if it had never been cleaned. There was poop on the toilet seat. And there was no toilet paper. I fully understand that some campers are pigs at heart and will trash a place just for fun. Having said that, whoever is responsible for the upkeep of this place, and I don't know if it's the army MWR or the city of Valdez or both, needs to take some interest in it. It wouldn't take a great deal to make this place a really nice place to stay.
Stayed in rental trailer # 4. Had to brace up broken awning with branch to get inside. Paper towels stuffed in screen where large holes were. Holes in floor where table should be. No help or offer of other site from staff. Pretty darn rough stay.
R'L' left this review using the Directory software: I stayed at Valdez Glacier Campground 28-30 July 2010. It's not hard to find with the directions supplied. Not exactly a scenic drive, the area is pretty industrial. I guess it gets its name by being on the road that ends at the glacier. One can get a glimpse of the glacier from the middle of the road on a clear day but don't expect glacier view sites. It's quiet and an easy drive into Valdez to see the sights. Much preferred to the campgrounds offered in town itself. Apparently there's some sort of partnership with the town as it's open to anyone but the military gets special rates. There were some pretty scruffy looking sites along the loop through the wooded area including one that had their living room furniture outside under a tarp. There have been recent improvements in the more open area with the electric sites. The gravel road is wide and for the most part in good shape. The sites are large and well spaced. The host seems to be doing a good job keeping the place clean. You can tell the rental units by the large propane tanks and extended awnings. For one who doesn't like the constant activity in town it's a nice quiet place and a good value.
We spent a week at the campground in the dry camping area. Dry camping is $10 a night and electric hookup (no water/sewer) is $20 a night. The electric sites are well maintained and located next to the new showers. The dry camping spots could use a little work as some of the picnic tables are in pretty bad shape and there are numerous pot holes as you drive through the campground. Verizon cell phone works fair but the Verizon aircard is excellent with fast speeds. They do have a brand new dump station and fresh water is available at the showers. Overall a pretty decent alternative to the $30-40 campgrounds in Valdez although for that you get elec/sewer/cable.
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