Connects: Fox to Manley Hot Springs, AK
Route#: Alaska Route 2
Length: 150 miles
Road Surface: 50% Paved, 50% Gravel
Season: Open all year
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Fox, AK to Manley Hot Springs, AK
The Elliott Highway leads northwest from Fox (11 miles north of Fairbanks) to Manley Hot Springs, a small settlement with a natural hot springs near the Tanana River. The Elliott Highway provides access to the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay. The highway was named for Malcolm Elliott, president of the Alaska Road Commission from 1927 to 1932.
The first 73.1 miles of the Elliott Highway are paved to the Dalton Highway junction; the remaining 78.9 miles to Manley are mostly gravel, with a couple of sections of improved and/or chip-sealed road. From Fox to the Dalton Highway junction, the Elliott Highway is a series of long upgrades and downgrades, as the road winds through the White Mountains. From the Dalton Highway junction to Manley, the road is narrow and winding, following the ridges and hills and providing a “top of the world” view of hundreds of square miles in all directions.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Fox (F) shown.
- F 0 FOX (pop. 417) at junction with Steese Highway. 24-hour gas, diesel, groceries, pay phone at FOX (pop. 417). Fox General Store; 24-hour gas/diesel, propane, groceries, liquor and ATM. Access to the Turtle Club (phone 907/457-3883 or email), a restaurant famous for its prime rib.
- F 5.5 Hilltop Truckstop; restaurant (homemade pies), groceries, showers, propane, 24-hour gas and diesel; phone (907) 389-7600.
- F 10.6 Access to Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Site at Olnes Pond; fishing, camping.
- F 49.5 Arctic Circle Trading Post; coffee, souvenirs, phone (907) 474-3507.
- F 73.1 Junction with the Dalton Highway, which leads 415 miles north to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay.
- F 152 MANLEY HOT SPRINGS (pop. 81); gas, food, bar, lodging and camping at historic Manley Roadhouse (1903); phone (907) 672-3161. Hot springs are located in a nearby private greenhouse; donations welcome.