From Denali National Park onwards the road ahead for us was obvious: the Denali Highway. This 217 km dirt road follows high glacial outwash plains and the Alaska Range foothills. The highway was formerly the only road access to Denali National Park prior to the construction of the Fairbanks to Anchorage (George Parks) Highway, and features on many ‘America’s most scenic roads’ lists. The road promised a respite from the RV traffic of the main highway and would conveniently take us in an easterly direction towards the Tok Cutoff – our planned route towards Tok and the Canadian Border.
The Nuts & Bolts
⊕ The Denali Highway from Cantwell to Paxson: 217 km.
⊕ The map shows the full ride of our third day out to Sourdough Creek (129.5 km – or 283 km total from Cantwell).
⊕ There are many informal camping sites along the way, although water is sometimes scarce – fill up when you can and plan accordingly for camping.
⊕ A few roadhouses punctuate the trip, most have accommodation and food (dinner and/or snacks) – refer to The Milepost for locations.
⊕ You might hear occasional very loud ‘explosions’: they’re fighter jets from nearby military bases going supersonic during exercises overhead. Definitely alarming the first time you hear them.