Fairbanks to Deadhorse – 415 miles
The Dalton Highway begins 84 miles north of Fairbanks and is accessed via the Elliott Highway. The Dalton is still a haul road so expect to meet many transport trucks. The road is mostly gravel and conditions can vary greatly depending on weather.
Most visitors want to cross the Arctic Circle, which is at mile 115. Atigun Pass (4,800 feet) at mile 245, is the highest highway pass in Alaska.
Some visitors prefer to take one of the commercial tours rather than drive this challenging route. Others prefer to rent a vehicle rather than drive their own. If you choose to rent, be sure your rental is permitted on the Dalton when making the booking.
There is no cell phone service from Fairbanks to Deadhorse.