Trucking photos

Semi tractor hauls supplies along the remote James Dalton Highway, which terminates at the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska's arctic. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi tractor hauls supplies along the remote James Dalton Highway, which terminates at the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska’s Arctic. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos

While the road system in Alaska is limited, the industrial trucking operations are critical for distributing and shipping product throughout the State. Trucking as an industry across the nation consumes 25% of all fuel usage. Alaska, due to its remoteness from the rest of the lower 48 states, has no simple choice for transporting goods to and from the State. Road, sea, rivers, and air are the primary ways of moving supplies. All of the trucking photos on this site are available to license for commercial use or for purchase as fine art prints.

Trucking photos: Semi tractor trailer travels the James Dalton Highway (the haul road) with mt Sukakpak rising in the distance. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi tractor trailer travels the James Dalton Highway (the Haul Road) with mt Sukakpak rising in the distance. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

The Haul Road

The reality TV show, Ice Road Truckers has probably contributed the greatest public awareness about trucking in remote areas. Alaska has the now famous James Dalton Highway, Alaska Route 11, or locally called the Haul Road or Dalton, which is heavily featured in the TV show. The road connects Fairbanks with the Arctic Ocean and Prudhoe Bay, and it was built to supply the oil field industry following the construction of the Alaska oil pipeline. The road is notorious for bad weather, high winds, blowing snow and narrow sections. There are a number of Department of Transportation road service camps along the road dedicated to keeping the road passable for Truckers. Most of the trucking photos here are from this section of Alaska road.

Trucking photos: Semi tractor trucks travel the perilous section of road on the Dalton Highway, or haul road, known as the Rollercoaster, a very steep descending hill. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi tractor trucks travel the perilous section of road on the Dalton Highway, or Haul Road, known as the Rollercoaster, a very steep descending hill. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Truck hauls supplies over atigun pass in the Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Truck hauls supplies over Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Truckers hauls supplies along the James Dalton Highway in winter, Arctic Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Truckers haul supplies along the James Dalton Highway in winter, Arctic Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Semi truck hauls supplies to prudhoe bay oil fields, James Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi truck hauls supplies to Prudhoe Bay oil fields, James Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: James Dalton Highway, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi truck crosses the bridge over the Yukon River on the James Dalton Highway, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Semi tractor trailer travels the James Dalton Highway near Prudhoe Bay, Arctic North Slope, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi tractor trailer travels the James Dalton Highway near Prudhoe Bay, Arctic North Slope, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Truck drives the James Dalton Highway through Atigun Pass in Alaska's Arctic. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Truck drives the James Dalton Highway through Atigun Pass in Alaska’s Arctic. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Trucks travel along the James Dalton Highway near Slope mountain in Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Trucks travel along the James Dalton Highway near Slope mountain in Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Semi truck hauls supplies to prudhoe bay oil fields, James Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi truck hauls supplies to Prudhoe Bay oil fields, James Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Avalanche sign at the base of Atigun Pass, the highest roadway pass in Alaska, along the James Dalton Highway (haul road) in the Brooks Range. The haul road provides access to the prudhoe bay oil fields. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Avalanche sign at the base of Atigun Pass, the highest roadway pass in Alaska, along the James Dalton Highway (haul road) in the Brooks Range. The Haul Road provides access to the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Aurora streams over Semi tractor trailer trucks at the Coldfoot truckstop in Coldfoot, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aurora streams over Semi tractor-trailer trucks at the Coldfoot truck stop in Coldfoot, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Truck on the James Dalton Highway (haul road) transports goods to prudhoe bay, philip smith mountains of the Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska, trans Alaska oil pipeline. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Truck on the James Dalton Highway (haul road) transports goods to Prudhoe Bay, Philip Smith Mountains of the Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska, trans Alaska oil pipeline. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Semi travels the dalton highway during high winds and blowing snow, north of the Brooks Range, on Alaska's Arctic coastal plains. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi travels the Dalton Highway during high winds and blowing snow, north of the Brooks Range, on Alaska’s Arctic coastal plains. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Semi tractor trailer travels down north side of Atigun Pass, James Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Semi tractor trailer travels down north side of Atigun Pass, James Dalton Highway, Brooks Range, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Snow plow clears snow from the James Dalton Highway (Haul Road), that connects Fairbanks with the Prudhoe Bay Oil fields. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Snow plow clears snow from the James Dalton Highway (Haul Road), that connects Fairbanks with the Prudhoe Bay Oil fields. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Trucking photos: Truck driver puts chains on the truck tires for better traction crossing the atigun pass of the Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Truck driver puts chains on the truck tires for better traction crossing the Atigun Pass of the Brooks Range, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Truck in the ditch along the icy James Dalton Highway in winter. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Truck in the ditch along the icy James Dalton Highway in winter. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Trucking and wildlife

Wildlife crossing the Dalton Highway can cause problems for truckers since there are no lights along the route. Most trucks have elaborate supplemental lights to broadcast far down the road in order to see wildlife or other obstructions that may be on the road.

Caribou cross the James Dalton Highway in front of a trucker, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Caribou cross the James Dalton Highway in front of a trucker, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


A herd of musk ox crossing the James Dalton highway with vehicles in the road, arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

A herd of musk ox crossing the James Dalton highway causing a risk for the trucks and vehicles that travel the road, Arctic, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)