Denali National Park and Preserve Tours

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The tallest peak in North America at 20,310 feet (6,190 meters), Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, is the centerpiece of Denali National Park and Preserve in south-central Alaska, an enormous area covering 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares). Founded in 1917, the park protects the native animals who roam free in its remote alpine tundra wilderness. 
 
The Basics
The main activities at Denali are admiring the scenery and observing the wildlife. Caribou, moose, bears (black and grizzly), wolves, and Dall sheep are heavily sought after and also the most elusive; more common animal sightings include smaller mammals such as arctic squirrels, foxes, and marmots. Although walking and hiking tour options are limited so as not to disturb the environment and wildlife, guided tours from Talkeetna and Healy offer opportunities for adventure activities such as flightseeing, whitewater rafting, ziplining, and ATV rides.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Denali National Park is ideal for animal and nature lovers but offers fewer outdoor activities than other parks.
  • Only one road traverses the park—Denali Park Road—92 miles (148 kilometers) of which only 15 miles (25 kilometers) are paved; if you wish to go beyond, you must walk, bike, or take the park bus tour.
  • The Denali Visitor Center and Eielson Visitor Center provide information, exhibits, ranger talks, and other services.
 
How to Get There
The only way to reach Denali National Park by road from Anchorage or Fairbanks is via State Route 3; it’s roughly two hours from Fairbanks or five hours from Anchorage. The Alaska Railroad also connects to the park from both cities.
 
When to Get There
The summer season runs from mid-May to mid-September and is the best time to visit if you’re hoping to see wildlife with temperatures ranging from 40° to 60°F (4.4° to 15.5°C). You may also visit in the spring or fall, but snow can fall at any time, so be prepared for cold or unexpected weather, and note that the buses do not operate during this time. The park road is closed in the winter, although Denali remains open for winter recreation.
 
Tips for Spotting Wildlife
Denali National Park is home to 39 mammal species and 169 bird species, but wild animals can be elusive and sightings aren’t guaranteed. To maximize your chances of seeing something, take a tour or the park bus instead of exploring on your own. The tour buses take you up a bit higher off the road for an elevated view, and tour groups provide more sets of eyes to keep watch. Grizzlies are more common around rivers and high-alpine areas, while Dall sheep are sometimes seen up high on the mountainside. If it’s clear and warm, some animals are less active in the middle of the day, so try the cooler hours of morning and evening.


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Address: Denali Park 99755, USA
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Admission: US$10 per person or US$20 per vehicle - pass good for 7 days
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Denali Park Zipline Adventure

Experience Alaska from the only zipline course in the Denali National Park region. Soar over the trees during a 3-hour ziplining experience just outside Denali National Park, with expert guides who lead you along a course with six suspension bridges and eight ziplines. Fly through the boreal forest and over the tundra on this memorable tour that promises exhilarating thrills, incredible scenery and a fun challenge.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$139.00 USD
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Denali Experience Flightseeing Tour

Soar over Denali National Park’s glaciers on this 1-hour flightseeing tour from Talkeetna, and see all sides of Denali Mountain (formerly Mt McKinley). Snap photos of this ancient world of rugged mountains, snowcapped peaks and glacier-filled valleys — including Ruth Glacier, Sheldon Amphitheater and the Great Gorge with its mile-high granite walls. Upgrade to land on a glacier for a walkabout in one of more remote spots in the world. This small-group tour is limited to just six passengers, making for a memorable experience.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Alaskan Back Country Side by Side ATV Adventure with Meal

Kick up your adrenaline with this guided ATV adventure in the backcountry of Denali National Park. Hop aboard a Polaris Side by Side ATV, accommodating two passengers, and rev off along the Alaska Range, speeding through stunning mountain scenery up to 25 miles per hour. On Black Diamond Peak, marvel at views of Healy Valley. After the ride, enjoy a full-service backcountry meal. Hotel transport is available for this 3.5-hour outing.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Denali National Park Walking Tour

Few places on Earth rival the grandeur of Denali National Park. This 3-hour hike, led by a naturalist guide, is limited to just seven people for a more personalized experience. Perfect for the first-time visitor, the experience is offered in the morning, afternoon or under the midnight sun (twilight), allowing you to explore the boreal Alaska Range forest at a time that suits you best.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$110.00 USD
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Private Multi-Day Denali Camping and Hiking Trip

Book one of two great all-inclusive options to explore the Alaskan backcountry in the Denali National Park and Preserve. Journey deep into the tundra-covered mountains of the Alaska Range from camp to camp for three nights, or travel to the Maclaren River valley and camp two nights at a base of a glacier. Some of the most experienced guides in Alaska lead these private small-group trips, each limited to six hikers. View wildlife, take amazing photographs and connect with the Alaskan wilderness in the company of your family and friends.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$1,125.00 USD
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Mt Denali Flightseeing Tour from Anchorage with Glacier Landing

Enjoy aerial views of Denali National Park’s glaciers, granite peaks and icefalls on this flightseeing tour from Anchorage. Snap memorable shots of Mt McKinley and fly high over the Great Gorge of Ruth Glacier, which is even deeper than the Grand Canyon! Then land on a glacier for up-close views of the dramatic ice formations. A guided tour of Talkeetna and round-trip hotel transport from Anchorage are included in this full-day tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$575.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Denali Wilderness Hiking Tour

Hike with an experienced, naturalist guide and small group through the wilderness trails of Denali National Park. The 5-hour experience showcases the tundra, taiga and boreal forest that has made Denali a mecca for wilderness adventurers the world over. Listen to narration to understand the parks botany, geology and history as you focus on the nature all around you — not the logistics or your map.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Horse-Drawn Covered Wagon Ride with Backcountry Dining

Travel like the Alaskan pioneers did, in horse-drawn covered wagon, during this 3-hour tour from Healy. Listen to your guide's commentary about the history, culture and environmental features of the area as you travel through the Alaskan tundra. Snap photos of the mountains of Denali National Park looming nearby. Finish your tour with a family-style meal in the heart of the backcountry.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$89.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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