The Dalton Highway stretches 414 miles across northern Alaska from Livengood (84 miles north of Fairbanks) to Deadhorse and the oilfields of Prudhoe Bay. Built during construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in the 1970s, this mostly gravel highway travels through rolling, forested hills, across the Yukon River and Arctic Circle, through the rugged Brooks Range, and over the North Slope to the Arctic Ocean. Along most of its length, you'll see no strip malls, no gift shops, no service stations—just forest, tundra, and mountains, crossed by a double ribbon of road and pipe.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages a swath of public lands along the highway from the Yukon River to the north side of the Brooks Range. Within the Dalton corridor, the BLM maintains campgrounds, rest areas, interpretive panels and the award-winning Arctic Interagency Visitor Center in Coldfoot.
This is no ordinary road -- it pays to be prepared. There is no cell phone service or public Internet connection along the Dalton Highway. Before you embark on this incredible journey, read the tips on this website.
THINKING ABOUT A WINTER TRIP? From October to May travelers face rapidly changing weather and road conditions. High winds, blowing snow, icy roads and temperatures dipping to -50°F or colder require special cold weather gear, properly winterized vehicles, and experience. Days are short. Blizzards and avalanches can close sections of the road for several hours or even several days. Basic services are available only in Coldfoot and Deadhorse, 250 and 415 miles from Fairbanks, respectively. Do not underestimate the dangers. Guided tours are available: check with the Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.The Alaska Department of Transportation provides travel advisories.
Hunting on the Dalton?You can experience a great hunt and, with patience, hard work, and a little luck, bring home a supply of tasty, healthy meat. But there are some rules and regulations you should know before you start. Click here on our Tips for Dalton Highway Hunters page first.
For additional questions about traveling the Dalton Highway:
Central Yukon Field Office
1150 University Avenue
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3844
tel: 907-474-2200 or (toll free) 1-800-437-7021