Coldfoot is a trucker's camp located about 250 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska. Because of the road being made of gravel and multiple trucks that dominate it the trip takes about 7 to 8 hours to drive.
The highway one which we drove is called Delton Highway, Alaska Route 11. It is recognized as third most dangerous road in the world. It was featured on BBC show World's Most Dangerous Roads in the first season. And it's not an easy road to drive on especially from Coldfoot onwards to Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay. Travelers on this road are actually advised to bring a survival gear.Coldfoot is not a town or a village, it's a so called CDP or Census Designated Place. A CDP is a concentration of population so named for statistical purposes. There are maybe 20 to 30 people that work at Coldfoot, nobody actually lives there. People that work in Coldfoot usually provide some service to the trackers. Yet others maintain the 90 mile trail to the gold mine which can be supplied only during the winter time.
There are no other stops between Fairbanks and Coldfoot and we recommend to drive this road during daytime.
Coldfoot has a fairly dissent hotel which costs about $200 per night for a two bed room. Most visitors come to Coldfoot to view the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights). The viewing begins around 1am and is over by 3am. During this time you will see the most beautiful celestial show of your life. Aurora is impossible to describe it must be experienced.
Somebody posted a Chinese blog post and since then the place is swarming with Chinese tourists. Mostly they come in groups of 5 to 10 and keep to themselves.
Coldfoot is a middle point from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, Prudhoe Bay and if you venture there you must stop at Coldfoot if only to buy gas or food because you will not get another chance.
Coldfoot also offers some dog mushing and Aurora viewing tours. However Aurora is very visible from the camp itself at the right hour.
The gas prices at Coldfoot are very steep, at a time of our visit the price for regular gas was $4.99 per gallon.
There is only one restaurant available in Coldfoot. It serves buffet breakfast for about $20 and buffet lunch which was pretty good. For dinner we had chicken nuggets, the other options would be chef salad or chilly.