Alaska Army National Guard soldiers airlift the “Into the Wild” bus from the Stampede Trail on June 18, 2020. Photo courtesy Alaska Army National Guard.

The bus made famous by the popular book and movie Into the Wild was removed in June from its location 25 miles west of the Parks Highway near Healy. The story of Christopher McCandless’ 1992 journey to the bus inspired many to attempt following in his footsteps, but those adventures too often resulted in mishaps that required search-and-rescue operations. At least two hikers died during their journey. The bus will be displayed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks.


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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