DeadhorseArctic Alaska at the end of the Dalton Highway.
The settlement dates to the 1967 discovery of the Prudhoe Bay oil field. While the origin of the town's name is unclear, the most common theory is that it refers to the original airfield runway, which was built with gravel hauled by trucking company Dead Horse Hauling.
Deadhorse has no direct access to the Arctic Ocean, which is 10 miles (16 km) away. Special advanced access/tours (via oil field personnel permission, requiring photo ID and right of refusal) may visit Prudhoe Bay... but, even then, not all tours reach the bay. The mere idea that someone would travel so far, with so little to see at the end of the road, may earn a few blank stares from the oil folk.
Deadhorse AirportA modest airport which functions year-round. The airport is served by commercial flights (i.e. Boeing 737-400C aircraft, special: half cargo, half passengers) from Alaska Airlines, normally to Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Utqiaġvik (Barrow). There are also several charter services which can provide flights to this airport, some offering tours which drive up the Dalton, then fly back (or vice versa). ConocoPhillips & BP also have their own Shared Services shuttle airline for employees and contractors working for BP, ConocoPhillips and other contracting companies needing to travel for work.
See and do
phone: +1 907 659-2550address: #1 Old Spine Rd, Prudhoe BayThe Prudoe Bay General Store has a rich history serving folks in the oil field which continues today. The General Store has always been regarded as the place to go for everything you need—and news. The store is located upstairs in the Brooks Range Supply facility on Old Spine Road in Deadhorse. Now you can shop for industrial supplies downstairs at Brooks Range Supply, then head upstairs for Arctic gear, warm socks, boots, clothing, sunglasses, electronics, music, smokes, personal sundries, books, magazines and Native crafts.
phone: +1 907 659-3198Alaska's northernmost gas station.
Note: the North Slope Borough is considered dry and damp in places. A sign at the airport notes this. Oil field operations areas also forbid alcohol.
There are a couple of modest hotels in town (assembled trailers).
phone: +1 907 659-2449address: Pouch 340004At the end of the Alaska's Dalton Highway and on the edge of Prudhoe Bay Oil field, provides accommodations for both visitors touring the state of Alaska as well as workers of the North Slope.
phone: +1 907 659-2368
Like nearly all wild areas in Alaska, grizzly bears are a concern. Don't leave any food lying around including waste food containers, and keep an eye out for bears when walking around. Polar bears are present in the coastal areas predominantly during August and September but can be found at any time during the year. Polar bears are both extremely dangerous and protected, so do not approach or harass the bears and get to a building or vehicle. Whenever exiting a building, immediately scan your surroundings for polar bears.