It is common to see musk-oxen on the Dalton Highway. Travelers on this route might also spot grizzly bear, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and the ubiquitous Arctic ground squirrel. Approximately 158 bird species have been recorded in the diverse habitats along this road. Habitats range from northern boreal forest to the tundra of the North Slope and Arctic coastal plain.
The 415-mile Dalton Highway begins on the Elliott Highway, 84 miles from Fairbanks, and ends at Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay on the Beaufort Sea coast. The highway follows the Trans-Alaska pipeline, up hills and down, through forested valleys, over the Brooks Range at Atigun Pass, and across the treeless North Slope.
Photo by Craig McCaa/Bureau of Land Management