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Photos: Day trip to Cordova's Childs Glacier

Jack Stevenson prepares to start his airboat for a trip to Child’s Glacier and the Million Dollar Bridge. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
Brenda Colburn of Kentucky shoots photos during a 30-minute airboat ride across the Copper River - a great opportunity for a close look at the intricately braided Copper River delta. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
Guests quietly take in the spectacular view of Childs Glacier. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
The Million Dollar Bridge across the Copper River, the world’s first example of major Arctic Engineering, remains a time tested engineering accomplishment. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
An iceberg temporarily stranded on a sandbar in front of Child’s Glacier. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
Passing under the Million Dollar Bridge, professional photographers, Marty and Brenda Colburn, get some great shots of Childs Glacier. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
Holding an ancient piece of ice scooped from below Miles Glacier. Thanks to two local Cordova guide services, you can still get there from here and it’s worth the trip.
Jennifer Gibbins / The Cordova Times
Jennifer Gibbins

No matter what you are thinking of doing this summer, you should put Childs Glacier, one of Alaska Magazine's top sightseeing destinations, on your list. Usually accessible by a short drive from Cordova, down the Copper River Highway, the glacier and famous Million Dollar Bridge are not currently accessible by car, but thanks to two local guide services, an airboat and a six-passenger, enclosed ATV, a day at the glacier is still possible.

After two years of just thinking about it, last week I went for it, and it was perhaps one of the most memorable days in ten years of living here.

Read more: Trip of a decade to Childs Glacier near Cordova, Alaska