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The Taylor Highway provides access to the historic Fortymile gold mining district. It's a narrow winding and beautiful road that joins the Top of the World Highway, which leads to Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

Gold mining dredge on Jack Wade Creek.
Credit: Dan Gullickson, BLM

Byway Highlights

  • Keep your camera ready for spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Mentasta Mountains as you head out of Tetlin Junction.
  • Pass through the Fortymile goldfields, made famous in Jack London novels. The Fortymile River system is a National Wild & Scenic River with miles of exciting whitewater.
  • Visit Chicken, a town named by early settlers unable to spell Ptarmigan.
  • The Top of the World Highway joins the Taylor Highway at Jack Wade junction.
  • Continue on to the U.S./Canada border at Boundary, then to Dawson City, 78 miles farther. Look for old mine workings along the way.
Caution: Road conditions vary. The Taylor and Top of the World Highways are mostly gravel with several steep, narrow grades and long distances between services. Winter road maintenance is not provided.

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Wayside near the Yukon border on the Top of the World Highway. Credit: Sharon Wilson, BLM
Mosquito Fork of the Fortymile River near Chicken. Credit: Craig McCaa, BLM


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