Description - The Dalton Highway Recreation Management Area leads through the Ray Mountains, Lake Todatonten Special Management Area and the Brooks Mountain Range. The Dalton Area also includes an area set aside in 1971 to facilitate construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and provide a route for future oil and gas pipeline systems. This area usually referred to as the Utility Corridor or the Trans Alaska Pipeline Corridor bisects the Dalton Unit north to south. Running the length of this Corridor are the Dalton Highway (formerly known as the Haul Road) and the Trans Alaska Pipeline System.
With passage of the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-333), Congress directed the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw certain unappropriated and unreserved public lands adjacent to the west boundary of the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. These withdrawn lands were to be designated as a special management unit for the protection of fish, wildlife and habitat. This new area, the Lake Todatonten Special Management Area, totals approximately 37,000 acres and will be managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
- In the southwest region of the Dalton Unit are the Ray Mountains extending 75 miles west from the Yukon River and ranging in elevation from 2,500 feet to 5,500 feet. There are numerous unique and spectacular natural features throughout the region and some are listed below
Running from east to west through the mid section of the Unit is the Brooks Mountain Range. These mountains are the northwest end of the Rocky Mountains and range in elevation from 4,000 to 9,000 feet. They extend about 600 miles from the Canadian border in the east to the Chukchi Sea in the west and form the divide between the watersheds of the Arctic coast on the north and the Yukon basin on the south. The highest peak in the Range is Mt. Michelson at 9,239 feet..
There are several natural hot springs in remote locations throughout this region. Hot Springs are thermal springs with a temperature normally above 37 degrees Celsius. In contrast to geysers, the water of hot springs flows continuously out of the ground in a non explosive way.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities on the Dalton Highway RMA include auto touring, biking, boating, viewing cultural and historical sites, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, off-highway driving, picnicking, winter sports and wildlife viewing.