The Road to the Arctic in 16 Stunning Photos

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The Dalton Highway is the last frontier of the Last Frontier state. The 414-mile highway that begins  north of Fairbanks is America’s most remote highway with the longest stretch of unserviceable road in the world. 


The road winds around sweeping mounting ranges, through vast swaths of wilderness, across the Yukon River, and over the Brooks Mountain Range never far from the 800-mile Trans Alaskan Pipeline that pumps millions of barrels of oil a year. 

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The highway was officially named after James B. Dalton, and early arctic engineer, but many refer to it simply as the Haul Road Workers built it in the 1970s as a supply road to support the pipeline. 

The road starts at MIle 73 of the Elliot Highway. It passes through an abandoned homestead.

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A family moved to Northern Alaska in this bus.

A family moved to Northern Alaska in this bus.

The abandoned the bus with the rest of the property.

The abandoned the bus with the rest of the property.

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With 23 children they had multiple outhouses.

With 23 children they had multiple outhouses.

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The highway passes through snow covered trees of the Boreal Forest.

Alaskan Pipeline over the Yukon River

Alaskan Pipeline over the Yukon River

Lunch stop at the Yukon RIver Camp.

Lunch stop at the Yukon RIver Camp.

Sunset over the Dalton Mountains north of the Arctic Circle.

Sunset over the Dalton Mountains north of the Arctic Circle.

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Ice trucker passing Coldfoot Camp (population 10) at Mile 175

Ice trucker passing Coldfoot Camp (population 10) at Mile 175

Truckers built the hotel in Coldfoot little by little as they stopped for gas at the last gas station on the highway.

Truckers built the hotel in Coldfoot little by little as they stopped for gas at the last gas station on the highway.

Northern Lights peaking out over the Coldfoot gas station and rest stop.

Northern Lights peaking out over the Coldfoot gas station and rest stop.

Northern Lights over a cabin in Wiseman (population 22) at Mile 188 of the Dalton Highway.

Northern Lights over a cabin in Wiseman (population 22) at Mile 188 of the Dalton Highway.