Elliott Highway

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.

Top-of-the-world view along the Elliott Highway. (Sharon Nault)

The Elliott Highway is paved to the Dalton Highway junction; the remaining 77 miles to Manley are mostly gravel, with a couple of sections of improved and/or chip-sealed road. Physical mileposts on the Elliott Highway indicate distance from Fox, located 11 miles north of Fairbanks at the junction with the Steese Highway. 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 Fairbanks (F) shown.

F 11 FOX (pop. 439) at junction with Steese Highway. General store with gas/diesel and Silver Gulch Brewery to west. Also access west 0.5 mile on Old Steese Highway North to the Turtle Club Restaurant phone 907-457-3883 or email; famous for their prime rib.

F 11.2 Northern Moosed RV Park & Campground; phone 907-451-0984. Open mid-May to September.
F 16.5 Hilltop Truckstop; food, gas/diesel.
F 21.6 Access to Lower Chatanika River State Recreation Site at Olnes Pond, 1 mile via side road; fishing, camping.

Elliott Highway travelers enjoy a brilliant late July display of fireweed at Olnes Pond. (Sharon Nault)

F 22 Chatanika River bridge.
F 22.1 Turnoff for Lower Chatanika River Whitefish Campground with riverside campsites, grassy picnic area with shelter and boat launch.
F 60.5 Arctic Circle Trading Post; coffee, souvenirs, phone 907-474-3507.
F 84 Junction with the Dalton Highway, which leads 415 miles north to Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay. Pavement ends, gravel begins, westbound.
F 120.3 Junction with 10.5-mile paved access road to village of Minto and Minto Lakes.
F 160.2 Junction with road to Tanana River boat landing. Used by residents of the village of Tanana, which is located 6 miles downstream on the opposite bank.

F 160.7 Gladys Dart School National Historic Site (pictured above) is located on the side road here. Established in 1958, the school was named for Gladys (1924-2019), who taught there until her retirement in 1986.
F 161 MANLEY HOT SPRINGS (pop. 127); gas, food, bar, lodging and camping at historic Manley Roadhouse (1903) (pictured below); phone 907-672-3161.

Manley Roadhouse has been serving Alaska since 1903. (Sharon Nault Photo)