Slate Creek, Coldfoot was founded as a gold-mining camp in 1898.
The name changed when many prospectors got "cold feet" upon
winter's arrival and headed back south. At its
turn-of-the-century peak, Coldfoot boasted a gambling hall, two
roadhouses, seven saloons, a post office and a brothel. By 1912
it was a ghost town.
The former mining camp was reincarnated as a construction camp
while the pipeline was being built. In 1981 it shape-shifted
again, becoming a barebones trucker stop-"The Farthest North
Truck Stop in the World." It's a visitor-friendly place that
caters to a tour-bus, trucker and independent traveler
clientele. Here, 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the
midst of wildness, you'll find a cafe, gas station, hotel,
lounge, post office, general store, RV park, equipment-rental
shop and visitor center with information on federal lands
accessible from the highway.
Located at Mile 175 on the Dalton Highway in the southern
slopes of the Brooks Range, 248 miles north of Fairbanks.
Dalton Highway from Fairbanks; charter air service from
35 - Summers; 12 - Winters
SERVICES: Alaska State Troopers; phone 907-678-5201 and
leave a message.
Sub-arctic winters average from +10 degrees to -20 degrees;
Summer temperatures average 75 degrees.
- PUBLIC UTILITIES:
TV via satellite; 4 phones (all
located at the motel, collect & credit card only)
- U.S. MAIL:
Arrives by truck
(mail) P.O.Box 9080
Coldfoot Ak 9970l
Arctic Acres Inn (907) 678-5201
Camp at mile 175
Arctic Getaway (907) 678-4456
Opened in 1986 and postal services resumed for
the first time since the early 1900's.