Welcome to Paxson
At Mile 185.5 of the Richardson Hwy, the junction with the Denali Hwy, you’ll find the small service center of Paxson. This is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of town, but it's a useful frame of reference for the beginning of an absolutely enchanting stretch of road. Over the next 20 miles, the Richardson descends from the Alaska Range, presenting sweeping views of the Wrangell Mountains to the southeast and the Chugach Mountains to the southwest. Carry on along this route and you'll pass through several jaw-dropping iterations of mountain scenery before reaching Gulkana River Bridge.