This is a legendary roadway that few brave explorers in the world have dared to face. If you want to join the select list, congratulations. And if you survive, you deserve a trophy.
Roughly 424 miles long, the Dalton runs from the Arctic Ocean down midway through the state until Fairbanks. About 280 miles of that road features absolutely no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, communications or any other services, making it the longest stretch of serviceless and lifeless road in the world. If that isn't enough to get your attention, the frigid temperatures, dramatic and unexpected climate change and challenging terrain you'll come across sure will. Accidents are always a big risk on the Dalton, and the fact that the nearest medical facility could be several hundreds of miles away makes it even more dangerous. Be aware: this is not a road for the faint of heart, or those with a right mind! It is the only supply route for the Prudhoe Bay oilfields, and you will be sharing the road with large tractor-trailers. Windshields and headlights are almost always targets of huge flying rocks. The rental companies will NOT allow you to drive their cars on the Dalton. Oil trucks (even illegal ones) speeding along the slippery gravel track kick up thick clouds of dust, mud, and rocks reducing visibility to absolute zero. Big potholes take a heavy toll on cars. Don't forget: services, food, gas, repairs, communication and medical facilities are NON-EXISTENT. Don't even consider driving the Dalton unless you have a big 4-wheel drive, a CB radio, lots of extra fuel, lots of food, extra tires, and a trunk filled with supplies like thick clothes, first-aids, and guns as a precaution. Yes, guns ( wild life in the area is iminent and could be feroucious and predatory. We are talking grizzly bears, polar bears on arctic areas, huge packs of wolves, lynx, caribous and poison creatures living in the misterious tundras). Making a long story short: don't go.
Tip: Even after all this you still have your adventure vein pulsing, do it on summer (July-August). That way you will be able to see the road and your surroundings and not being so scared.