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Dalton Highway

Know Before You Go!

Dalton Highway road sign stating "next services 240 miles"
Traveling this farthest-north road involves real risks and challenges.

Services are available at only a few places along the Dalton Highway, so proper planning is essential. There are no public services at Department of Transportation maintenance stations or Alyeska Pipeline Service pump stations.

Medical Facilities. There are no medical facilities along the Elliott or Dalton Highways. Carry any essential personal medications. In a critical emergency, flag down a passing vehicle and see if the driver can pass the word to state troopers via satellite phone or CB radio (channel 19).

Banking. There are no banks along the highway. There are ATM machines in Deadhorse. Most services accept major credit cards.

Repairs. Tire and repair services are available only at Yukon Crossing (closed in winter), Coldfoot and Deadhorse.

Groceries. There are no full-service grocery stores along the highway. Snack food and cafes are available at Yukon Crossing, Five Mile, Coldfoot and Deadhorse.

changing a flat tire
Have a spare tire mounted on a rim and easy to reach, necessary tools, and a tarp for protection against mud and rocks.
Communications. There is no cell phone coverage or public Internet connection along the Dalton Highway. Pay phones are available at Yukon Crossing (in summer), Coldfoot and Wiseman. Cell phone coverage generally ends about 35 miles (56 km) north of Fairbanks. Cell coverage is available in Deadhorse. Some companies in Fairbanks rent satellite phones: check the phone directory under the listing for "radio."

This is bear country!

You may encounter bears anywhere along the Elliott and Dalton highways. Both black and grizzly bears are found south of the Brooks Range, and grizzlies roam all the way to the Arctic Ocean. All bears are dangerous. It is illegal to feed wildlife or leave food where they can get it. Food-conditioned bears become a threat to people and frequently must be destroyed.

See the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Bear Fact Web site for additional information.