Best time to travel the Dalton is probably June or the first half of July - this is the dry season.
Road is mostly paved to Coldfoot, but watch the craters in the paved sections from frost heaves, gravel north of Coldfoot, but maintained.
Not as bad as you hear.
There is no fuel or restaurants north of Coldfoot, but there is great Lodging in Wiseman, half price of the truckstop in Coldfoot.
One B&B, and one Lodge & nice cabin with kitchens.
Off the Dalton, and out of the dust for the night too, neat historic village that's been around since before the pipeline.
Great scenery on the stretch to Atigun Pass & just north of there.
A long ride between Galbraith Lake & Deadhorse, but open and more wildlife.
Worth the trip!
- Anonymous (6/10/08)
Before you ride the Dalton or any other non-paved road in Alaska or Canada, check with your insurance company and make sure that the road is not prohibited.
If the road is prohibited, you are on your own with no insurance coverage.
- Tom Dyer (6/1/07)
Construction update - Known by truckers as the 'Kamakazi Road'.
There is renewed construction activity at Prudhoe Bay - Repair old pipeline, build parallel natural gas pipeline, drilling in 'Pet 4' and buildup for possible drilling in ANWR.
As many as 200 wrecks per year on this road.
I have been in 3 traffic accidents in my life - 2 were on the Dalton.
- Tom Dyer (12/11/06)
Paved to Coldfoot, then hardpack gravel north to Deadhorse.
The Dalton has been well traveled for about 30 years.
No fuel or services - 240 miles - between Coldfoot and Deadhorse.
When dry, road is dusty. ADOT uses water trucks to keep dust down when not raining.
Slow down/stop & turn head away from oncoming trucks.
Be prepared for rain, snow, gale force winds, 90° heat.
Low to mid 50's is the norm.
Plan for dust, mud getting everywhere including air intake and spark plug combustion chamber.
Take extra fuel, water, prepared food, satellite phone, camping gear, extra, dry, cold weather clothing.
Rain is constant drizzle and not downpour.
Lodging along the way is expensive and reserved well in advance by the tour companies - $115 to $200 per night.
Meals are also expensive.
Premium fuel was not available at Deadhorse.
Octane level of regular fuel is questionable.
Livengood, Coldfoot, Wiseman and Deadhorse have lodging/meals.
Wildlife is abundant - bear, wolves, moose.
Be prepared if tent camping. Potable water will also be issue.
Many travellers turnaround at Yukon River, Arctic Circle, or Coldfoot in that order going north and pass on the 240 mile gravel northern section of the Dalton Highway.
Towing charges north of Coldfoot is $5 per mile.
I lived between Coldfoot and Prudhoe for 3 and one half years.
- Tom Dyer (11/11/06)