Dalton Highway

Bureau of Land Management, Alaska.

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 to allow for 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 ribbon of road and pipe.  

The 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. The road is rough and cell phone service is extremely limited. Alaska State statute prohibits off-road vehicles, including snowmachines, for 5 miles on either side of the Dalton Highway north of the Yukon River. The Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game allows only bow hunting within 5 miles either side of the Dalton Highway north of the Yukon River. Before you embark on this incredible journey, download and read through the Visitor Guide Below and read the tips on this website (https://dot.alaska.gov/highways/dalton/https://dot.alaska.gov/highways/dalton/). 

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From Fairbanks, drive north  on the Steese (AK-6) and Elliott (AK-2) Highways. At Elliott Highway mile 73.1, stay right to get onto the Dalton Highway (AK-11). 

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