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Dalton Highway

Prepare for the Drive

Many who have driven the Dalton Highway have called it "the ultimate road trip." Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable visit.

Before you leave Fairbanks

Due to the remoteness of the Dalton Highway take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip.

  • Inspect all tires and make sure they are properly inflated
  • Check all vehicle fluids
  • Replace worn hoses and belts
  • Empty your RV's holding tank and fill the water tank
  • Purchase groceries and supplies

Bring for your vehicle

  • At least two full-sized spare tires mounted on rims
  • Tire jack and tools for flat tires
  • Emergency flares
  • Extra gasoline, motor oil, and wiper fluid
  • CB radio

Bring for yourself

  • Insect repellent and head net
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Warm clothes, including hat and gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Drinking water
  • Ready-to-eat food
  • Camping gear, including a sleeping bag
  • Personal medications
  • Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
  • Garbage bags

Photo of truck approaching in driver's rearview mirror
Eight Rules of the Road

  1. Big trucks have the right of way.
  2. Always drive with your headlights on so others can see you.
  3. Keep your headlights and taillights clean so they are visible.
  4. Stay on the right side of the road.
  5. Don't stop on bridges or hills.
  6. Check your rear-view mirror regularly, especially before stopping. 
  7. If you spot wildlife, pull over to a safe spot to park.
  8. Slow down when passing other vehicles (especially bicyclists and motorcyclists) to lessen the chances of hitting them with mud or flying rocks from your tires.

Road sign on the highway with words, "Pilot Car Ahead" 

Dalton Highway Road Conditions

Portions of the Dalton Highway may be temporarily closed due to road work or inclement weather. Heavy or prolonged rain can cause local flash floods that cover the road with water or wash out culverts or bridges.

For updated reports on Dalton Highway road conditions, check the Alaska Department of Transportation Web site ( or call 907-456-7623.