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Get the free CD at the National Park Visitor Center and enjoy the drive, trust the traffic cones

We drove a couple of days after it had been raining for most of the previous month and it wasn't... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Natick, Massachusetts
Rough as a cob but totally beautiful

First of all I will rating the road itself as poor because it is a rutted, washboard, pothole dirt... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2018
Kent B
Moline, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove a couple of days after it had been raining for most of the previous month and it wasn't that bad. On our way out, the Alaska DOT had even re-graded about ten miles of it during the two days we were in Kennicott....More

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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We were so nervous about the road to McCarthy. The day to drive to McCarthy came and we were so close to back out. We had a 24 footer RV and it was raining (second or third day in a row). It was bad. Potholes,...More

2  Thank T P
Reviewed July 4, 2018

First of all I will rating the road itself as poor because it is a rutted, washboard, pothole dirt and partially (very little) paved road - 60 miles of bounce, jerk and swerve. That said the trip along the road was breathtaking. The bridge 238...More

2  Thank Kent B
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

We rented a 4x4 Jeep Cherokee from a company that allows you to drive this road and then saw plenty of sedans that had made the trip! The road isn’t that bad anymore, just keep it under 35mph (and make sure the rental company allows...More

1  Thank ExploreAZcouple
Reviewed June 14, 2018

Wildlife, trees, tranquil, beautiful plus at the end of the road you get to McCarthy and Kennecott and the glacier. This was my first visit since my original one 25 years ago. The road is much improved. About 60 miles is gravel but no problem...More

2  Thank HERMAN C
Reviewed May 21, 2018

The road wasn’t as some of the reviews I read. I’ve been on much worse dirt roads than this one. I drove the road in 2 hours each way. My sons and I saw a moose and a bear driving the road. I would recommend...More

1  Thank Fred B
Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

We had a hard time finding out information about this road before traveling it. We were afraid about traveling it in a rental car. It was not as bumpy as we thought it would be and we saw no railroad spikes in it. Of course,...More

3  Thank teachcolorado
Reviewed October 19, 2017

We travelled the road to McCarthy in October, 2017. About ten miles at the beginning are paved, intermittently, although subsidence of the roadway makes for some very rough driving in parts. Views are spectacular throughout. Surprisingly, we found good cellphone coverage at McCarthy, probably because...More

1  Thank Mnbiker
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We rented a Ford Fusion in anchorage. After making sure the company would allow us to drive the mccarthy road, we made our way out, not sure what to expect. While the paved portion has plenty of potholes, the dirt portion is bumpy but manageable....More

2  Thank Christian E
Reviewed January 21, 2017

For 12 months in 2015/2016 we drove our RV from Maine 23,000 miles plus 13,000 miles in our RV including above Artic Circle with 2 months in Alaska. We camped near Chitna and drove the Ford Focus to McCarthy in late August. For such a...More

2  Thank warrenrmarteljr
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Christine R
October 30, 2015|
Response from Jamie H |
Hey Christine, Once you get to the end of the 60 mile gravel road, you will park at the Footbridge (or other businesses if you are planning to use their services). Once you cross the footbridge, you would walk about 1 mile... More