The Dalton Highway provides a great place to spot Dall sheep in Alaska. In summer, ewes, lambs and young rams often feed and rest close to the highway on the rocky slopes of Atigun Pass (milepost 244, elevation 4,739 feet). Dall sheep also frequent mountainsides between Atigun Pass and Galbraith Lake (mile 275), and Slope Mountain (milepost 300). North of the pass the landscape opens to vast, treeless tundra where wildlife are more visible. You can look for grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, and muskoxen (north of Slope Mountain), and hunting birds such as peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and short-eared owls. Close to the Arctic Ocean coast, scan for snowy owls and arctic foxes. When stopping to watch wildlife, be sure to park well off the highway. The Dalton Highway is a rough, tough and remote road. Check the website for information on preparation and safe driving. 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.
From Fairbanks, drive north 11 miles on the Steese Highway (#6) to Fox. Continue on the Elliott Highway (#12). The Dalton Highway (#11) begins at Elliott Highway milepost 73. Atigun Pass is approximately 8 hours straight driving time from Fairbanks.
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