Coldfoot Camp is located 260 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska at mile 175 of the Dalton Highway. A person could reach us by land or air, on their own, or with the help of a transportation carrier.
We have compiled the following information for you to see what different options you have to reach Coldfoot Camp.
Many Fairbanks based air carriers offer scheduled and/or flag stop service to Coldfoot Airport, just across the Dalton Highway from Coldfoot Camp.
Warbelows Air Ventures: Is a Fairbanks based scheduled air carrier providing air transportation throughout Alaska's interior. Coldfoot is a flagstop on flights 500 and 506. Phone Number: 907-474-0518 or book online.
Air Arctic: Is a Fairbanks based air charter service operating 9 passenger Piper Navajo Chieftains. Phone Number: 907-474-3550 or toll free 877-474-3550.
Wright Air Service: 907-474-0502
The Dalton Highway is your ground link to Coldfoot Camp. The mile marker is 175, which is 260 miles north of Fairbanks. The highway is open to the public and guests can drive their own vehicle or rent one for the journey. For those who would rather leave the driving to someone else, there is a ground shuttle operator who can be used.
Dalton Highway Express specializes in transportation on Alaska's Dalton Highway in the summer months. Dalton Highway Express is the only operator in North America to offer scheduled land transportation to the Arctic Ocean. They provide transportation to the Yukon River, Arctic Circle, Coldfoot, Wiseman, Galbraith Lake, and Deadhorse. They take passengers with backpacks, bicycles, canoes and rafts. Phone Number: 907-474-3555
Arctic Outfitters specializes in independent travel packages in Alaska's Arctic and on the Dalton Highway. They provide gravel road-allowed automobile rentals for the Dalton Highway traveler starting at approximately $229.00 / day. With one call they can also arrange for hotel and tour arrangements along the Dalton Highway. Phone Number: 907-474-3530
If you do rent your own vehicle, be sure the rental agency allows their vehicle to be taken on the Dalton Highway or other gravel roads in Alaska.
With a reliable vehicle and sufficient preparation, independent traveling guests have little difficulty in driving their personal vehicles the 260 scenic miles on the Elliott and Dalton Highways to reach us. While pulling trailers or bringing a new RV is generally not recommended, plenty of alternative access methods are available.
Make sure your vehicle is in good repair. There are only two service stations between the Fairbanks area and Deadhorse, a distance of nearly 500 miles. The service stations carry parts and tires primarily for trucks. If they don't have the part or tire you need, it can be flown in, but that will increase the cost and time involved dramatically. Carry tools, simple spare parts, a jack and two spare tires mounted on rims. Prepare to be self-sufficient. Not all travelers use their spare parts; however, those who are prepared have a much better time when something does go wrong with their vehicle.
DRIVING THE DALTON HIGHWAY
The Dalton Highway is a high speed gravel road under constant maintenance and upgrading. Like all gravel roads it is sometimes dusty, sometimes muddy and slippery, and sometimes rutted or wash boarded. Soft shoulders and steep grades also require special care. You may find snow and ice on the northern portions of the road during any month of the year. Expect and prepare for all of these conditions. For a recording of current road conditions, call the Alaska Department of Transportation at (907) 456-7623.
For years, the Dalton has been called the "Haul Road" because almost everything supporting the oil development was "hauled" on heavy tractor trailer rigs to its final destination.
Trucks are still hauling heavy loads on a tight schedule and they need special considerations on the road. When you meet on-coming traffic, slow down and stay to the right. Drive with your lights on. Don't stop on bridges - a heavily loaded truck may be bearing down on you and be unable to stop with no place to go.
There are no public or emergency medical facilities are available along the Dalton Highway.
Recommended Traveling Tips
- Always drive with your headlights on
- Slow down and move to the right as other vehicles approach
- Make sure the operator sees you when passing heavy equipment or other vehicles
- Park only at waysides or on access roads (don't block the gates, they are used for access to the pipeline and related facilities). If you can't get off the road, pull far to the right and turn on your hazards
- Watch the road ahead and behind you for plumes of dust signaling the approach of another vehicle.
Preparing yourself with information and proper equipment is essential to having a safe and enjoyable trip. You may ask yourself if all of this preparation is really necessary. Some days you may find you don't use any of your spare equipment and other days you'll wish you had brought more. It is recommended when traveling anywhere in Alaska that you take precautions against any natural delay. Even if you are only going for a day trip you should be prepared for the unexpected, on a sunny day bring a rain coat and on a rainy day bring sun screen.
Before You Leave Fairbanks
- Inspect all tires and make sure they are properly inflated
- Check all vehicle fluids
- Examine hoses and belts for wear
- Empty your RV sewage holding tank and fill your water tank.
Recommendations for Your Car
- Two full-size spare tires on rims
- Jack and tools
- Emergency flares or triangles
- Extra gasoline, oil, and wiper fluid
- CB radio (monitor channel 19)
Recommendations for You
- Bug repellent
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen
- Rain gear
- First-aid kit
- Drinking water
- Warm clothes
- Ready-to-eat food
- Camping gear and sleeping bag