The Dalton Highway provides a unique opportunity to traverse northern Alaska to the Arctic Ocean. The highway winds through boreal forest, over the Brooks Range, and across the North Slope and Arctic Coastal Plain. Wildlife viewing improves north of the Arctic Circle (milepost 115) as the forest thins and then gives way to vast tundra landscapes. Visitors may glimpse grizzly and black bears, wolves, moose and caribou, and often see Dall sheep at Atigun Pass (milepost 244) and Slope Mountain (milepost 300). Closer to the coast visitors may see truly Arctic species such as musk oxen, arctic foxes, and snowy owls. Unusual birds include Smith's longspur, yellow-billed loon, three species of eider, and Asian and African migrants such as bluethroat, yellow wagtail, and northern wheatear. This is a rough, tough, and remote road. Be sure to check the BLM's Dalton Highway website for information on proper preparation Recreational gold panning is allowed only in specific areas and suction dredges are prohibited. Contact the Fairbanks District Office for more information. 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. Gas and food are available only at the Yukon River, Coldfoot, and Deadhorse.
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