Paved and well-maintained (with some rough patches in winter), this 125 mile drive is a great way of seeing Alaska’s backcountry. While it is a beautiful drive year-round, locals have said their favorite time to take the Tok Cutoff is the fall and the spring, not only for the changes in flora, but for the start of migrating caribou!
(Be sure to respect the caribou and other wildlife, and give them plenty of space, and also be aware that caribou might try to cross the road in spring and fall!)
Not all rental vehicles are allowed on this road, so check with your rental agency before you travel. Or, rent from a company that allows their vehicle on gravel roads, like Alaska 4x4 Rentals, Alaska Overlander, or Alaska Auto Rental.
Driving Guide Points
Stop here for more information about the park and local area, exhibits, and ranger-led activities, as well as an Alaska Geographic bookstore. Always check on current Nabesna Road and trail conditions before beginning your journey. Recreational off-road vehicles (ORVs) are typically allowed on established trails. However, trails can be temporarily closed to ORVs due to maintenance and improvements. ORV permits are required and available at… ...more