Forts Greely and Wainwright provide well-rounded recreation programs including arts and crafts, auto crafts, sports and athletics, and outdoor recreation. Although there are some variances in programs and facilities, they all have much in common. Soldiers and their families have first priority for a wide variety of facilities and services. DOD-sponsored Armed Forces Entertainment and United Service Organizations shows are also presented periodically. The performers invite the entire military community and public to watch them set the stage with musical performances, fashion and talent shows.
VALDEZ GLACIER CAMPGROUND, MANAGED BY FORT GREELY
The Valdez Glacier Campground in scenic Valdez, Alaska, about 260 miles south of Fort Greely, is operated though Fort Greely’s Outdoor Recreation program and is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The campground is at the base of the Chugach Mountains beneath the famous Valdez Glacier, and the glacier runoff provides a beautiful waterfall that cascades into a crystal-clear creek. Visitors to the campground will be struck by its beauty and grandeur. Campers can watch mountain goats graze on the steep slopes overlooking the campground, and there is also a pair of nesting bald eagles on-site. Campsites 102 through 104 are off-limits to give this protected family some space while still allowing great photo opportunities.
Amenities at the location include 10 RV pads with electrical hookups, as well as eight rental trailers with electrical hookups. Shower facilities are available. Each site has a picnic table and fire grill, and a covered pavilion and two day-use areas are available to all patrons. Six primitive outhouses and a garbage dumpster are provided. Pets on leashes are welcomed in the campground but are not allowed in the rental trailers.
The campground is open to the public; however, military, DOD civilians and retirees are assessed at a lower rate. Special note — rental trailers are available only to military, DOD civilians and retirees. Visit the website at www.greely.army.mil.
For information, call 907-873-4058 but for reservations call 907-873-4795.
SEWARD RESORT, MANAGED BY HALE KOA
The Seward Resort is an affordable retreat for military, retirees, National Guard, reserves and DOD civilian employees, their families and guests. The resort has 56 motel rooms, 12 town houses, a log cabin, six yurts and 40 RV sites. It’s open year-round, seven days a week; reservations can be made a year in advance.
The resort is 125 miles south of the Anchorage metropolitan area on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula, just inside the city limits of Seward and adjacent to Resurrection Bay. It is accessible by car, RV (approximately a 2½-hour drive from Anchorage), the Alaska Railroad, cruise ship and charter flights. En route, you’ll travel the Seward Highway, a “National Scenic Byway” famous for stunning views along Turnagain Arm. Watch for moose, Dall sheep, beluga whales, bald eagles, black bears, and the many glaciers tucked in and around the Chugach Mountains. The magnificent Kenai Fjords National Park and the incredible natural beauty of Chugach National Forest surround the Seward Resort.
While visiting the resort, tour spectacular Resurrection Bay, gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, on our eight-hour wildlife and glacier cruise to Holgate Glacier. Look for majestic bald eagles, colorful tufted and horned puffins, mountain goats and seabird colonies. Enjoy a deli-style lunch while watching for Alaska’s famous marine mammals: killer whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and Dall porpoises. Anglers can book our deep-sea charter fishing adventures and experience the thrill of fishing in the Gulf of Alaska while enjoying the unique beauty of the Alaska coastline. Fishing charters and glacier cruises operate daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Discount tickets are also available for a variety of the best activities the area has to offer.
Summer amenities include the Freedom Fighters’ Bar & Grill, 40 RV sites with water, electrical and cable TV hookups, six yurts (12-foot, round-framed tents), a covered picnic pavilion with a large grill, a playground, a fish house and freezer, showers and laundry facilities. Winter recreation includes snowmobile rentals, backcountry tours, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, winter bay cruises and dog mushing. Seabolt Hall is available to rent for conferences, weddings, banquets and holiday parties. The Alaska SeaLife Center is a short drive from the resort in downtown Seward. For resort reservations, call 907-224-2654/2659 or 800-770-1858.
Visit the website at www.sewardresort.com.