Delta Junction

Population: 984
Delta Junction is located at Historical Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway, at the junction of the Alaska and Richardson highways.
Visitor Information: Delta Junction Visitor Center is located at the junction of the Alaska and Richardson highways, phone (907) 895-5068.

Delta Junction is the official end of the Alaska Highway. From here, the Richardson Highway leads to Fairbanks. The Richardson Highway, connecting Valdez at tidewater with Fairbanks in the Interior, predates the Alaska Highway by 20 years.

Delta Junction began as a construction camp on the Richardson Highway in 1919. (It was first known as Buffalo Center because of the plains bison that were transplanted here in the 1920s.) In the late 1970s, the state encouraged development of the agricultural industry in the Delta area by disposing of local land for farming purposes. Barley is the major feed grain grown in Delta.

Visitor facilities include accommodations at Alaskan Steakhouse and MotelKelly’s Alaska Country InnSilver Fox Roadhouse and cabins west of town in summer months at Big Delta State Historical Park (phone 623-696-5919); gas stations like Delta Petro-Wash, restaurants like the Buffalo Center Drive-In (phone 907-895-4055) and Alaskan Steakhouse; the community has a car/RV wash; car parts a Napa parts dealer; a shopping center, Delta Meat and Sausage Co., Calico Cow Quilt Shop, camping at Snowed Inn RV Park (phone 907-895-4270) and nearby public campgrounds such as the Delta State Recreation Site, Quartz Lake Recreation Area, Clearwater State Recreation Site and Big Delta State Historical Park. Delta Junction has 2 banks with ATM, a grocery, library, post office and other services.

Attractions:

  • Have your picture taken with the monument in front of the visitor center that marks the highway’s end
  • Big Delta State Historical Park north of town, was built in 1910 and is a fun and historical stop with cabin rentals and camping in a 10-acre park on the Tanana River (seasonally for services, phone 623-686-5919).
  • Look for plains bison, which were transplanted into the Delta Junction area in the 1920s.
  • See the trans-Alaska pipeline crossing the Tanana River.
  • Visit Sullivan Roadhouse, built in 1906, one of the last remaining roadhouses from the Valdez to Fairbanks Trail.
  • Fish the Delta–Clearwater River and local lakes.