He belongs to the river system of the Yukon River.
The river rises north-east of Chuathbaluk, located around 20 km from the Kuskokwim River. It flows along the western flank of the Kuskokwim Mountains to the north, bends to the west along the lower reaches and flows north-east of Holikachuk in the Innoko River, which flows, in turn, in the Yukon. The river is characterized by very strong Mäanderformationen.
AG Maddren from the United States Geological Survey reported in 1908 the name " Haidilatna " for the river, which is probably a variation of the name " Khadilotden ", a village of Ingalik was. The of " Haiditarod " derived name "Iditarod " finally prevailed. LA Sagoskin, a lieutenant in the Imperial Russian Navy had documented two terms Indigenous for the flow 1842-1844. The indigenous people living on the Innoko River used the name " Yalchikatna ", in the catchment area of the Kuskokwim River was " Tachaichagat " common.
At the Iditarod is the same ghost town that was founded in 1909 as a gold mining town and leave again in 1930.