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 Post subject: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:10 pm 
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Use this thread to list camping/lodging opportunities and route planning through Canada and Alaska.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:26 am 
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I'm simply posting random bits of information for now and will be able to piece things together once we are about to make the final arrangements. Anyway, you might find this information helpful. If anything changes, I will edit.

"Arctic Ocean Access Restrictions:

Private vehicles are prohibited on the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field, which is the only access route to the Arctic Ocean. Access to the oil field and the Arctic Ocean is available only through commercial tours. In Deadhorse, call the Arctic Caribou Inn at 659-2368 or the Prudhoe Bay Hotel at 659-2440

240 miles will be the longest stretch without fuel upon the entire journey. The only fuel stations along the way enroute to Deadhorse starting from Fairbanks would be:

Mile 0 - various stations in Fairbanks
Mile 10 Steese Hwy (10 miles) - Fox General Store, Fox
Mile 5 Elliott Hwy (15 miles) - Hilltop Truck Stop, north of Fox
Mile 56 Dalton Hwy (139 miles) - Yukon River Camp, at Yukon River Crossing
Mile 175 Dalton Hwy (258 miles) - Coldfoot Truck Stop, Coldfoot
Mile 412 Dalton Hwy (495 miles) - Deadhorse Camp, near Deadhorse
Mile 415 Dalton Hwy north end (498 miles) - Colville Tesoro Alaska,
Ending Point - NANA Chevron, Deadhorse

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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Map with above stops.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:41 pm 
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We're thinking about going through Montana into Canada, more specifically I-15 in Montana turning into 4 in Canada. I'm curious what everyone else is looking to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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After doing some research, we have decided to take our camper as far as Coldfoot. "Located halfway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Coldfoot Camp provides an excellent base for travelers in Alaska's Arctic. Although rustic by urban standards, our Inn at Coldfoot Camp is kept clean and features private bath facilities in each of the rooms, a luxury in the remote wilderness of Alaska's Arctic."

http://coldfootcamp.com/lodging.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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dieselenthusiast wrote:
We're thinking about going through Montana into Canada, more specifically I-15 in Montana turning into 4 in Canada. I'm curious what everyone else is looking to do.

That's the route i was thinking about taking on the way out.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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kskj wrote:
That's the route i was thinking about taking on the way out.


Perfect! Maybe that would be a good meeting place unless you decide to take I-70 out to Utah, then we could potentially meet up there as well. So far, we are planning to drive 343 miles (6 hours) the first day and stay at the KOA in Green River, Utah.

Green River KOA
235 South 1780 East
Green River, UT 84525

Day 1
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6 hours and 8 min.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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Green River, UT? Do you have any idea how hard it is to not run trails when you are that close to Moab? I haven't been able to stop myself from doing so yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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ihatemybike wrote:
Green River, UT? Do you have any idea how hard it is to not run trails when you are that close to Moab? I haven't been able to stop myself from doing so yet.


LOL, the location is ironic, but going through Green River is the most direct route from where we live to the Canadian border. Plus, Green River seemed like a good stopping point on the map. And since we are KOA members, it seemed logical. With that being said, Sarah said that she would like to start doing more boondocking to save money as we travel. Route planning will give us a guideline to follow, but doesn't mean that we're going to stick to it like glue.

You never know, Gary and Jayme may want to make Green River our first "group" starting point. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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Day 1
343 miles
6 hours and 8 min.

Green River KOA
235 South 1780 East
Green River, UT 84525


Day 2
334 miles
5 hrs 30 mins

Lava Hot Springs KOA
100 Bristol Park Lane
Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

Day 3
443 miles
6 hrs 21 mins

Great Falls KOA
1500 51st Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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yellocoyote wrote:
How much time do you plan on allotting for the trip...?


That’s a good question. Initially, I think most people were thinking 3 weeks to tackle the trip. At this point in time, we don’t know what year we’re aiming for let alone the time allotted to do the trip. Sarah said she didn’t want to do a lot of long driving days, hence why I have broken the trip up into smaller chunks. In all honesty, I’m just trying to map this trip out to give us a rough estimate on time and cost. I’m waiting to hear what others are planning to do. As of right now, 2015 is probably the soonest we could do the trip. If I could pick the dates, I would probably go the last week in June through the first 2-3 weeks in July.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska Bound - Camping/lodge and route planning
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I'd love to take this trip, but throw in a few attractions along the way... Carlsbad, Grand Canyon, etc...


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I used to be a trip planner. Lately I just wing it and find its just the same. Some trips that involve my girlfriend and her boys get better planning than my solo trips.

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Thanks Jayme for posting the info. I would like to see a breakdown of Aaron's trip from Chicago to Homer.

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YC, Your one post away from 7k.

I'm up in Fairbanks right now. Been in Alaska for 3 weeks for work, 1 week in Anchorage the rest up here. I've got to go to Juneau in September for a week or two.

I got a chance to drive up from Anchorage a week ago. Weather was clear and got to see Mt. McKinley on the drive.
I have driven out as far as Delta Junction and Ft. Greely. I'll be heading to Anchorage on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

Really enjoy the country. This is the first time I've been up here in the summer.

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Drove down to Anchorage from Fairbanks via Richardson and Glenn Allen highways. Absolutely beautiful country. Didn't realize the glaciers were so easy to see along the route.

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