Coldfoot Camp Truck Stop
mile 175 Dalton Highway
Coldfoot, Alaska, although a large dot on the roadmap along the Dalton Highway, is more a truck stop than a town. It’s about the halfway point between Fairbanks and the Arctic Ocean at mile 175 on the Dalton Highway, and it’s a welcome spot for many travelers needing to refuel their vehicle and enjoy a hot meal at the café. Be advised, however, that fuel is much more expensive this far along the highway. The next place to get gas is 250 miles to the north, in Prudhoe Bay. Coldfoot also has a limited-service contract post office, open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. Mail your postcards here to get a Coldfoot stamp!
Iditarod dog musher Dick Mackey started the truck stop many years ago. Still, the actual historic town of Coldfoot was originally a mining camp with the name of Slate Creek (closer to the Koyukuk River). Supposedly, its current name was secured about 1900 when gold-seeking prospectors navigating the Koyukuk River got the proverbial “cold feet” and would turn around. Besides the restaurant and gas station, Coldfoot also is constructed from leftover modular pipeline construction camps.
Across the highway to the west is the Coldfoot airport. Coyote Air, owned by Dirk Nickisch and Danielle Tirrell (907.678.5995), offers many adventure seekers bush plane access to the remote regions of Alaska’s arctic. Flightseeing is also an option.