Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is negotiating with the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North to display the “Into the Wild” bus.
The decision to relocate the bus to Fairbanks was to deter people from making dangerous and sometimes deadly treks to visit the site.
A young man who had a central role in the book died documenting his demise in 1992.
The “Into the Wild” bus is located near Denali National Park and Preserve and was flown out from its location in June.
“Of the many expressions of interest in the bus, the proposal from the UA Museum of the North best met the conditions we at DNR had established to ensure this historical and cultural object will be preserved in a safe location where the public could experience it fully, yet safely and respectfully, and without the specter of profiteering,” Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said in a statement.
The bus became a beacon for those wishing to retrace the steps of Christopher McCandless, who hiked to the bus in 1992.
The 24-year-old Virginia man died from starvation when he couldn’t hike back out because of the swollen Teklanika River.
He kept a journal of his ordeal, which was discovered when his body was found.
McCandless’ story became famous with author Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book “Into the Wild,” followed nine years later by director Sean Penn’s movie of the same name.