Arctic Interagency Visitor Center

Getting to the Visitor Center

From Fairbanks, drive north 11 miles on the Steese Highway to its junction with the Elliott Highway in Fox. Follow the Elliott Highway 73 miles to the junction with the Dalton Highway, then continue on the Dalton to Coldfoot at Milepost 175 (Read Know Before You Go and Prepare for the Drive). It is about 260 miles from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, and the trip can take from 6 to 8 hours depending on weather, road conditions, and how often you stop along the way.

The visitor center entrance is on the west side of the highway (left as you head north) opposite the entrance to the café and truck stop. Coldfoot is not much more than a wide spot in the road. If you cross the bridge over Slate Creek, you’ve gone too far!

 map of Coldfoot

What’s in Coldfoot?

Coldfoot is not a town in the conventional sense, but has a modest hotel, gas pumps, café/restaurant/bar, air-taxi service, public airstrip, and post office. Coldfoot is a major rest stop for the long-haul truckers who ply the road year-round, delivering equipment and supplies to the Prudhoe Bay oilfields. The café is open 24 hours a day all year, providing warmth, coffee, and restrooms for all travelers.

Wiseman, a small, historic village 15 road miles to the north, has a small store/gift shop, a lodge, bed-and-breakfast, and a privately-owned museum.

tractor trailers lined up outside Coldfoot cafe