Parks Highway

Connects: Anchorage to Fairbanks, AK
Routes#: Alaska 1 and 3
Length: 362 miles
Road Surface: Paved
Season: Open all year
Highest Pass: Broad Pass, elev. 2,400 feet
Maps (3 detailed pdf files available):
Anchorage, AK to Milepost A 169
Milepost A 169 to Fairbanks, AK
Mat-Su Valley Vicinity

View of Denali from the viewpoint on the Talkeetna Spur Road. (Milton & Kelley Barker)

The George Parks Highway—more commonly referred to as the Parks Highway—links Anchorage and Fairbanks and provides the most direct highway access to Denali National Park and Preserve from either city. Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) (elev. 20,310 feet) is visible from the highway, weather permitting. The entrance to Denali National Park is located at Milepost A 237.4 on the Parks Highway, 125 miles south of Fairbanks.

The Parks Highway shares a common alignment with the Glenn Highway (Alaska Route 1) between Anchorage and Wasilla, where it continues north as Alaska Route 3 to Fairbanks. The Parks Highway junctions with the Denali Highway (Alaska Route 8) at Cantwell, Milepost A 210.

The Parks Highway was called the Anchorage–Fairbanks Highway after its completion in 1971, then renamed the George Parks Highway in July 1975 in honor of George A. Parks, the territorial governor from 1925 to 1933. The entire route runs 362 miles through some of the grandest scenery that Alaska has to offer, crossing the Alaska Range at Broad Pass.

The Parks Highway is a good 2-lane paved road, with passing lanes on improved sections. Several sections of moderate S-curves and heavy foliage reduce sight distance: Pass with care. Drive with headlights on at all times. Watch for moose. Towing: Parks Highway Towing 1-800-478-8697.

The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Anchorage (A) and Fairbanks (F) shown.

A 0 F 362 ANCHORAGE (pop. 299,000); all services. Follow the Glenn Highway (Alaska Route 1) from Anchorage 35 miles northeast to junction with the Parks Highway.
A 34 F 328 Exit east to Palmer via Glenn Highway for northbound traffic.
A 35 F 327 Glenn-Parks Interchange. Junction of the Parks Highway with the Glenn Highway.
A 36.1 F 325.9 Mat Su Regional Medical Center to east off of Trunk Road.
A 37.8 F 324.2 Access to Big Bear RV Park; big rig friendly, rental cabins, laundry, propane.
A 41.1 F 320.9 Junction with Palmer-Wasilla Highway; access east to RV-friendly Essential One station with gas, diesel, bio-diesel, propane, ice and food.
A 42.2 F 319.8 Junction with Knik-Goose Bay Road and access southwest to Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters (pictured at left) at Mile 2.1, with museum, gift shop, summer dog cart rides, open year-round; Knik Knack Mud Shack, phone 907-376-5793, Alaska ceramics and Native Clay giftware, at Mile 10.1. Also access to Little Susitna River Public-use Facility (30.3 miles) on Point Mackenzie Road.
A 42.2 F 319.8 WASILLA (pop. 8,700); all services. Lodging at Best Western Lake Lucille Inn and Hillside Cabins; camping at Lake Lucille Park. Visitor Information: Matanuska–Susitna Convention & Visitors Bureau. Attractions: Dorothy G. Page Museum and Historic Town Site, The Last Frontier Brewing CompanyGold Rush Jewelers & Design Center and Sylvia’s Quilt Depot.  Farmer’s Market Wednesdays in summer. Movies at The Valley Cinema. Indoor cart racing, laser tag and more at Extreme Fun Center.
A 43.5 F 318.5 Best Western Lake Lucille Inn.
A 47 F 315 Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry.
A 47.7 F 314.3 Gas station.
A 48.2 F 313.8 Alaskan Trails RV and Camper Park.
A 48.7 F 313.3 Gas station.
A 52.3 F 309.7 Junction with Big Lake Road to BIG LAKE (pop. 3,350); food, gas, groceries (Mile 4). Access to Big Lake North and Big Lake South state recreation sites (camping, day-use).
A 57.3 F 304.7 Little Susitna River Campground.
A 57.5 F 304.5 HOUSTON (pop. 1,588), a popular fishing center on the Little Susitna River; food, gas, lodging. Miller’s Place phone 907- 892-6129; camping, grocery/post office, fishing bait, laundry, cabin rentals, soft-serve ice cream; and Riverside Camper Park phone 907-892-9020 or email; RV park, showers, laundromat.
A 64.7 F 297.3 Dream A Dream Tours and Inn. Iditaracer Vern Halter offers kennel tours and bed-and-breakfast lodging.
A 66.5 F 295.5 Nancy Lake State Recreation Site (camping).
A 67.3 F 294.7 Parkway to Nancy Lake State Recreation Area; camping, canoe trails, picnicking, hiking.
A 68.5 F 293.5 Gas station.
A 69 F 293 Willow Creek Grocery phone 907-495-6293; and Willow Creek True Value Hardware phone 907-495-6275.
A 69.5 F 292.5 WILLOW (pop. 2,102). Townsite Foodmart, open 24 hours, offers groceries, food, gas, diesel; post office. Willow Creek Studio with art, furniture, decor, pottery, furs and gifts.
A 70.8 F 291.2 Turnoff to west for Willow Creek State Recreation Area (3.7 miles) and Deshka Landing (7 miles); camping, fishing. Access to Eaglequest Cabins and Lodge.
A 71.2 F 290.8 Junction with 49-mile-long Willow-Fishhook (Hatcher Pass) Road to Independence Mine Historical Park (32 miles east).
A 71.4 F 290.6 Pioneer Lodge RV Park & Campground; full RV hookups, laundry, phone 907-495-6884.
A 96.5 F 265.5 Montana Creek Campground; camping, tackle and food store, public fishing access. Montana Creek State Recreation Site is just on the other side of the road (camping).
A 98.6 F 263.4 Supermarket and deli.
A 98.7 F 263.3 Talkeetna Y Junction:  Talkeetna Spur Road leads 14 miles north to TALKEETNA (pop. 876); a popular tourist stop with shops, restaurants and lodging. Talkeetna is the jump-off point for Denali climbers (flightseeing available), for a roundtrip Alaska Railroad trip on the “Hurricane Turn” and for riverboat trips to Devil’s Canyon.
A 98.8 F 263.2 Gas station and Subway.
A 99.5 F 262.5 His & Hers phone 907-733-2415; food (known for their bread pudding), gas, diesel, camping.
A 113.6 F 248.4 McKinley View Bed and Breakfast.
A 114.6 F 247.8 Trapper Creek Inn & RV Park.
A 114.8 F 247.2  TRAPPER CREEK (pop. 426); post office, library.
A 114.9 F 247.1 Junction with Petersville Road to Alaska’s Northland Inn. The historic Forks Roadhouse at Mile 18.7 was destroyed by fire in April 2012. Petersville Road accesses Peters Creek, a popular fishing spot (pictured at left); take left fork at Mile 18.7. Petersville Road continues west to Petersville Recreational Mining Area.
A 132.9 F 229.1 Turnoff uphill to east for Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge; accommodations, dining, view of Denali from deck.
A 133 F 229 D & S Trailrides.
A 134.5 F 227.5 Mary’s McKinley View Lodge offers rooms and dining with a spectacular view of Denali.
A 134.8 F 227.2 Denali Viewpoint South Campground (Denali State Park).
A 135.7 South Denali Visitor Center Complex (under development) to west; Kesugi Ken Campground (Denali State Park).
A 137.2 F 224.8 Lower Troublesome Creek Campground. (Denali State Park).
A 147 F 215 Byers Lake Campground (Denali State Park).
A 147.1 F 214.9 South end of Medal of Honor Loop to Alaska Veterans Memorial/POW–MIA rest area; picnic area, toilets, viewing scopes, visitor information center. The Veterans Memorial (pictured at right) consists of a semicircle of 5 concrete panels representing branches of the armed services.
A 162.6 F 199.4 Denali View North Campground (Denali State Park).
A 174 F 188 Hurricane Gulch Bridge.
A 185.6 F 176.4 East Fork Chulitna Wayside; camping.
A 201.3 F 160.7 Broad Pass summit (elev. 2,409 feet).
A 209.9 F 152.1 USA gas station.
A 210 F 152 Junction with Denali Highway at CANTWELL (pop. 183); post office. Camping at Cantwell RV Park; 2 gas/diesel and food mart stations; flightseeing with Atkins Guiding & Flying Service phone 907-768-2143. Towing and roadside assistance from Parks Highway Towing phone 907-832-5583.
A 210.3 F 151.7 Cantwell Food Mart Parkway Gift Shop; Chevron gas/diesel, ATM, ice, deli, Alaskan gifts, phone 907-768-1168.
A 210.8 F151.2 BluesBerry Inn, a log cabin motel serving blueberry buckwheat pancakes; open-mic and gospel blues on some Fridays and Saturdays.
A 214.5 F 147.5 FishDenali.com; Chavey Lakes fishing, cabins.
A 224 F 138 Carlo Creek bridge. Food, lodging.
A 229 F 133 Denali Cabins, Prey Bar & Eatery, Denali Backcountry Adventures.
A 229.1 F 132.9 Denali Air, Inc. (flightseeing).
A 231 F 131 Lodging, dining, camping at Denali Grizzly Bear.
A 237.4 F 124.6 Junction with Park Road, entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve; Park Road leads 0.3 mile west to Riley Creek Mercantile and Riley Creek Campground; 0.5 mile to Wilderness Access Center; 1.2 miles to Denali Visitor Center Complex and Alaska Railroad Depot.
A 238 F 124 Mile 238 Rest Area; parking, toilets, access to pedestrian path. Rest area is a great place to watch rafting companies lowering rafts to the Nenana River. Also access to Nenana Raft Adventures and Cabins at Denali.
A 238.1 F 123.9 Turnoff to east on Grande Drive for Grande Denali Lodge.
A 238.4 F 123.6 Turnoff to east on Bluffs Road for Denali Bluffs Hotel.
A 238.5 F 123.5 Huge complex to west is Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.
A 238.6 F 123.4 Traffic light at Denali Drive. Park Mart gas and convenience store to east. South entrance to Denali Rainbow Village RV Park & Motel. Log cabin mall on east side of highway houses local, seasonal businesses like Denali ATV AdventuresDenali Park Zipline, and Mt. McKinley H-D (Harley Davidson).
A 238.9 F 123.1 Traffic light at Canyon Drive. Several local businesses to east include Denali Outdoor Center; to west is the McKinley Chalet Resort.
A 239 F 123 Entering Nenana River Canyon northbound.
A 247 F 115
 Junction with Otto Lake Road west 0.6 miles to Denali Outdoor Center; outdoor gear rentals, cabins and camping.
A 248.1 F 113.9 Motel lodging.
A 248.4 F 113.6 Brewery/restaurant.
A 248.5 F 113.5 RV park, gas and grocery.
A 248.7 F 113.3 HEALY (pop. 1,027); all services. Healy has the state’s only commercial coal mine.
A 249.2 F 112.6 Gas, diesel, propane.
A 249.5 F 112.5 Motel Nord Haven.
A 251.1 F 110.9 Junction with Stampede Road west to Denali Touch of Wilderness (3 miles).
A 276 F 86 Tatlanika Trading Co. & River RV Park phone 907-582-2341; camping, wildlife mounts, arts and crafts.
A 280 C 70 F 82 Clear Sky Lodge phone 907-582-2251; steakhouse with cocktail lounge, liquor store, ice and propane.
A 283.5 F 78.5 Junction with paved access road to Clear Air Force Station and community of ANDERSON (pop. 536). Access to Riverside Park (City of Anderson campground), 6.3 miles west; 616 acres, trails, music festival in late July.
A 288.5 F 73.5 Fireweed Roadhouse.
A 304.4 F 57.6 Nenana A-Frame Service with gas, diesel, deli/cafe, groceries, ice, ATM; phone 907-832-5823.
A 304.5 F 57.5  NENANA (pop. 553); Visitor information at log cabin at turnoff to Nenana’s main street; picnic tables, restrooms. Nenana has all services including the Nenana RV Park & Campground on 4th Street, phone 907-832-5230 or emailRough Woods Inn & Cafe phone 907-832-5299 or email. Home of the Nenana Ice Classic and Palmer’s Cabin Fever Gifts phone 907-982-7715 or email.
A 313.6 F 44.4 Parks Highway Towing.
A 351.2 F 10.8 Turnoff for ESTER (pop. 2,041); Judie Gumm Designs (jewelry) is located in Ester (follow signs for the studio; RVs park at Golden Eagle Saloon).
A 353.5 F 8.5 Gas station and Gold Hill Imported Beer & Wine.
A 356.8 F 5.2 Exit to Geist Road/Chena Pump Road; access to University of Alaska Museum of the North in FAIRBANKS (pop. 32,070); all services.
A 357.8 F 4.2 West Airport Way exit to Fairbanks International Airport and to Riverboat Discovery
A 358 F 4 East Airport Way exit to River’s Edge RV Park/River’s Edge Resort and University Avenue businesses. Access to Chena River State Recreation Site.
A 360.3 F 1.7 North Peger Road to Pioneer Park; Alaska’s only Pioneer Theme park with RV parking, museums, salmon bake, shops, etc.
A 362 F 0 Junction with Richardson Highway (Alaska Route 2 South) and Steese Highway (Alaska Route 2 North) at east entrance to Fairbanks.