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Keyston Canyon can be found in the Richardson Highway?s miles 14 to 17 and provides tourists a spectacle of nature's beauty. The canyon has a climate differing from the surrounding areas because of its geologic nature. The Keystone Canyon is carved out by the Lowe River and spans about 800 feet.

The Keystone canyon is said to have an interesting history. In 1899 a military pack trail was made along the canyon because of difficulties in transportation. The trail extended from Valdez to Eagle City and started from the Lowe River Valley. The trail lay unused for 90 years until its relocation and clearing in 1997 and 1998. Today, this trail, known as the Keystone Canyon Pack trail is constantly visited by hikers and tourists and provides a good view of the Lowe River valley. After a lot of conflict between rival railroad companies, a tunnel was built during the early 1900s in order to facilitate the transportation needs of the copper and gold mining industry. This tunnel remains today and can be seen while driving through the canyon.

Today, the Keystone Canyon offers a variety of activities and sports. Rafting and kayaking in the Lowe River belongs to these and usually spans an hour and a half. Ice climbing is also a popular activity that usually takes place during the winter, making Keystone popular. Among these ice climbing routes are the Fang Gully, the Hang Jury, Mud Slide, Love's Way and Simple Twist of Fate. Along these routes, beautiful ice formations like umbrellas and bells are frequently witnessed.

Rock climbing along the canyon's beautiful, steep walls is another outdoor activity enjoyed by locals and tourists. Apart from the Keystone Canyon Pack Trail, the Valdez Goat Trail is also a favorite hiking trail. The waterfalls in the area such as the Horsetail and Bridal Veil falls provide a majestic view to tourists, especially during the winter when these falls are frozen.
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City: Valdez
County: Valdez-Cordova
Zip: 99686
Category: Historical Landmark
Website: Keystone Canyon
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