Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay

4 permanent; 3,000 to 6,000 depending on oil production.

Deadhorse is located on Prudhoe Bay at the end of the Dalton Highway, 499 miles north of Fairbanks. 
Referred to both as Deadhorse and as Prudhoe Bay (the ZIP code listing was changed from Deadhorse 99734 to Prudhoe Bay 99734), this industrial settlement was established to support oil field development on Prudhoe Bay. Virtually all the businesses here are engaged in oil field or pipeline support activities.

Tourist accommodations are available at  Deadhorse Camp. Prudhoe Bay Hotel, Aurora Hotel & Suites, Arctic Oilfield Hotel and Black Gold Deadhorse Lodge cater primarily to oil field workers, although if rooms are available they will rent to tourists. Dining service is available at Deadhorse Camp and also at the oilfield hotel cafeterias, which have fixed hours for meals with self-serve snacks available for purchase at other times. Brooks Range Supply building houses the Napa Store, Prudhoe Bay General Store and the post office. The "Colville Mini-Mall" carries industrial supplies and sundries.Alcohol, ammunition, weapons and many grocery items are not available in Deadhorse. There is no bank, but ATMs are available. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are generally accepted, but Fish and Game licenses and postage must be paid for in cash. RV parking with electrical hookups at Arctic Oilfield Hotel and Arctic Caribou Inn. Overnight parking at Tesoro. Fuel: Regular unleaded gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel is available at NANA (Chevron) or the Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay Tesoro Station. Tire and vehicle repairs are available.


  • Take a dip in the Arctic Ocean and join the Polar Bear Club by taking a commercial oil field tour (arrange 24-hours in advance with Deadhorse Camp; passport or U.S. drivers' license required).


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