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Not a horse--dead or alive--in sight

We made the final 130 miles to Deadhorse in the early morning after camping at Galbraith Lake. This is an industrial compound with few, if any, permanent buildings apart from the airport. No paved roads, but we expected none. Again we found Alaska hospitality exceptional. A big shout-out to the Arctic Ocean Hotel for allowing us to park the camper and connect to shore power and access their free wi-fi. The summer is a quiet time in Deadhorse. I was surprised to see all the heavy equipment parked in neat rows at the oilfield service companies's camp. The busy time is in the winter when the ground is sufficiently frozen for the heavy equipment and trucks to get to their isolated destinations on the Prudhoe Bay oil field. The compound--it's difficult to call it a town--is only lightly populated this time of year. I was told that there are only 10 official, full-time residents here. The remainder of the population are oilfield and service workers. There is not much for visitors to see or do in Deadhorse. There are no schools (no kids), no church, no library, no bar, no community center, no grocery store which we found in other small Alaska communities. And, as far as we can tell, we are the only adventurers in town. No other RVs, although we did see some motorcycle and bicycle travelers (and a couple of hikers as well) on the way into the compound. Today, we take the shuttle from Deadhorse Camp at the south end of the compound, through the restricted oilfield area to the Arctic Ocean. When they say 24 hour advance reservations are necessary, they mean it. Reservations must be made on line at www.articoceanshuttle.com--$59 per person. Have some form of approved government ID available (passport, secure drivers license, etc.)

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