When planning your trip to Alaska, be sure to include Delta Junction as your last stop on the Alaska Highway!
Considering relocating? See what Delta Junction has to offer and contact us for more local resources!
Points of Interest for Visitors
Rika’s Roadhouse is the centerpiece of Big Delta State Historical Park. The house served travelers on the historic Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail from 1909 to 1947. The north-south section of this log structure was built by John Hajdukovich in 1909. The Vadez-to-Fairbanks Trail was being improved at this time and by 1913 the roadhouse was a center of activity for gold stampeders, local hunters, traders, and freighters.
In 1917 Hajdukovich hired a Swedish immigrant named Rika Wallen to operate the roadhouse which prospered under her management. In 1923 she bought it from Hajdukovich for “$10.00 and other considerations,” presumably in lieu of wages. The roadhouse was named “Rika’s” following local custom. Rika operated the roadhouse through the 1940’s, although in later years guests were by invitation only.
As you walk into present-day Rika’s Roadhouse you will see that part of the original kerosene crate floor has been restored. The bedroom and kitchen are furnished in the style of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Furnishings were donated by local residents under the auspices of the Delta Historical Society.
Looking for End-of-the-Alaska Highway certificates?
The Delta Junction Visitor Center is run by the Delta Junction Farm Bureau. It is located at the “Triangle” (2360 Grizzly Lane) where Milepost 1422 of the Alaska Highway meets Milepost 266 of the Richardson Highway. The “End of the Alaska Highway” milepost marker, Alyeska pipeline pig, and mosquito sculptures are on the Visitor Center grounds. Learn about Delta’s history, the Alaska Highway, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and farming in Delta from the friendly staff at the Visitor Center.
The triangle-shaped Visitor Center is almost exclusively stocked with local merchandise and the only place to purchase official “End of the Alaska Highway” certificates. They are made from thick archival cardstock, and they cost $3.00 each. Call (907-616-1323) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Advance notice is appreciated for large groups of travelers.
The Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum is housed in the oldest roadhouse in the interior of Alaska and is located in the heart of Delta Junction at the End of the Alaska Highway.
Built in 1905, by John and Florence Sullivan, the log lodge now houses a museum that focuses on the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail and the roadhouses that operated along its route. Beautifully recreated rooms, as well as interpretive exhibits give our visitors a real feel for life in turn of the century Alaska.
Outside, one can enjoy a garden exploding with colorful wildflowers, a traditional vegetable garden/potato patch and interpretive pathways. Located across from the Delta Visitor Center, the Sullivan is a great stop along the trail of Alaska’s history.
Admission is free.
Open Memorial Day – Mid September.
Hours are 9am – 5:30pm, Monday – Saturday, closed Sundays.
Access this popular campground and boat launch site via Clearwater Road off the Alaska Highway or via the Jack Warren Road off the Richardson Highway. Facilities include campsites, boat launch, fire pits, water, picnic tables, and toilets.
Fielding Lake State Recreation Site is a scenic campground off the Richardson Highway at Mile 200.5. The rustic campground includes picnic tables, toilets, boat launch, and bulletin board.
1415 Alaska Highway/Clearwater Road/Jack Warren Road
Deltana, AK 99737
Conveniently located near downtown Delta Junction, at Mile 267 Richardson Highway, Delta State Recreation site offers campsites with picnic tables and fire rings, water system, toilets, and picnic area. A gravel airstrip is located adjacent to the campground. This is a popular spot get your campsite early in the day!
For more detailed information about recreation areas, stop by the Delta Visitors Information Center or the Division of Parks office (895-2112), adjacent to the Delta Site on the Richardson Highway.