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Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Talkeetna: Denali Grand Flight Tour with Optional Landing

1. Talkeetna: Denali Grand Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Get picked up in Talkeetna and head to the newly constructed lodge-style, timber-framed office. Check in and enjoy coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace and enjoy a short flight video.  Then get ready to board and listen to a safety briefing from your expert pilot. Hear stories from your pilot as you take off towards the Alaska Range and enjoy stunning views as each guest will get a window seat.   Fly over Susitna Valley where you may spot moose and bears. Enter the Alaska Range and head up the Tokisitna Glacier. Then go west to view the impressive Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park.  The flight will then head northeast behind Mt. Hunter, passing the impressive Mt. Foraker. Fly around Denali at Mt. Silverstone and down to the North Fork Glacier.  See the famous peak called the Moose’s Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater and over Ruth Glacier and through the Great Gorge. Add a glacier landing to make it even more memorable.

Talkeetna: Denali Experience Flight with Optional Landing

2. Talkeetna: Denali Experience Flight with Optional Landing

Get ready for your flight tour with a warm welcome and a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace in a lodge-style, timber-framed office. Watch a short flight video in the theater.  Then, follow your knowledgeable pilot to your aircraft. Listen to a safety briefing, and then take a window seat. After a microphone check, take off toward the Alaska Range, flying over the beautiful Susitna Valley where they will spot for moose and bears. After a short while, see the Alaska Range rise up underneath you. The skilled pilot will provide interesting stories and commentary while taking you within 6 miles of Denali's massive summit (20,310 feet or 6,190 meters). Fly up the Tokositna Glacier Valley, following its winding path to Denali's base. The pilot will maneuver the plane so that guests on each side can take in the famous peaks: Moose's Tooth, Broken Tooth, and Barille. Then, descend into the Don Sheldon Amphitheater on the Ruth Glacier. The tour ends by flying through The Great Gorge, the world's deepest gorge, before returning to Talkeetna. This epic flight is the perfect introductory flight of Denali. Choose to add a glacier landing to make your trip even more memorable. Once back on the ground, have a chance to buy a souvenir or use the free WiFi at the office.

Talkeetna: Denali Flyer Flight Tour with Optional Landing

3. Talkeetna: Denali Flyer Flight Tour with Optional Landing

Upon arrival, enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace while watching a short flight video in our theater. After, receive a safety briefing and be assigned window seat. Then, take off toward the Alaska Range, flying over the beautiful Susitna Valley where you might spot moose and bears. Your skilled pilot will provide interesting stories and commentary while taking the group within 6 miles of Denali's massive summit. Upon entering the Alaska Range, head up the Tokisitna Glacier before heading west to view the impressive 44-mile (71 km) long Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park. During early parts of the summer, you can spot mountain climbers camping at Kahiltna Base Camp and perhaps ascending to the summit. The flight will then head east behind Mt. Huntington passing the south face of the majestic Denali, the tallest mountain in North America (20,310 feet or 6,190 meters) as well as Mt. Foraker (17,402 feet or 5,304 meters) and Mt. Hunter (14,573 feet or 4372 meters). The pilot will be sure to point out the famous peaks, Moose's Tooth and Bear's Tooth before heading into the Sheldon Amphitheater, over the magnificent Ruth Glacier and through the worlds deepest, the Great Gorge. In addition to the flight, you can choose the option to land on a glacier in the the Denali National Park.

Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

4. Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

Begin a guided and narrated 100-mile round trip Jeep excursion along a gravel road flanked by snow-capped mountains, icy glaciers, and panoramic vistas. The Denali Highway, once the gateway to Denali National Park is an exhilarating drive and wildlife viewing opportunity. Climb aboard a new, 4-door Jeep that hugs the dirt road, while comfortably seating 4 adults who can trade off driving. Each Jeep has a CB radio for communicating with the guide so stops can be made whenever desired. As driving the Denali Highway is prohibited by most rental vehicle companies, this exclusive excursion provides access to more of Alaska's spectacular scenery and wildlife and is a great alternative to crowded bus trips. The tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

5. Denali National Park: Wilderness ATV Adventure

Set off on a fun-filled adventure in Alaska. Whether a novice or expert ATVer, this tour sets you up for a memorable experience in the Alaskan wilderness on your own automatic single ATV or multi-passenger side-by-side ATV. Riding along trails surrounded by Denali National Park, at speeds up to 30 mph, your adventure includes breathtaking 360° overlook stops with views of the Alaska Range, Otto Lake, and the Healy Valley. Navigate through rocky creek beds and even spend time splashing through the water (weather dependent). Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the rugged terrain and provide opportunities for photography. Wildlife is abundant — watch out for moose on the trail. The total tour route covers about 10 miles with 1.5 hours on the trails. Tour length is about 2.5 hours from pickup to drop-off.

Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

6. Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

Explore Alaska's spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide. Hike 5 to 6 miles and climb 1,100 feet. Enjoy amazing views and learn about the area's natural spaces. Embark on a hike in the Denali wilderness accompanied by a licensed guide. Challenge your body with substantial elevation gain, and reward yourself with amazing views as you rise above the tree line. Enjoy entertaining narration from your expert guide as you hike along and explore the glacier topology in-depth while learning about the area's geography and history. Experience the hiking trails, wildlife, and magnificent views of nearby Denali. Climb from lush forest to alpine tundra and enjoy stunning panoramic views of Alaska Range peaks and glaciers.

Denali Park Zipline Adventure

7. Denali Park Zipline Adventure

Your adventure begins with a three-mile rail ride through the scenic Alaskan wilderness. After gearing up, your certified guide will lead you along six sky bridges and seven thrilling zip lines, which includes the dual racer finale. The built-in hands-free braking system allows you to relax and enjoy the breathtaking mountain views. Challenge yourself by traversing to the top of the boreal forest on the uniquely designed ascending bridge tower. Soar through the trees and over the tundra on over half a mile of ziplines. End this once-in-a-lifetime experience by racing to the finish zipping alongside your friends and family.

Denali: Denali National Park Walking Tour

8. Denali: Denali National Park Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3-hour guided walk. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and grandeur of Alaska's incredible landscape. Meet your guide at your hotel. Hop in the van for a short drive and get to know your small group of a maximum of 7 travelers. Get ready for your guided walk on one of the many beautiful trails on the north side of the Alaska range. Learn about the animals, people, and plants of Denali from your expert, local guide. Marvel at the outstanding natural landscape as you traverse the trail. Enjoy stopping for some rest and conversation along the way, and even pick some berries in season. Bring your camera and curiosity about this incredible landscape. After completing the trail, relax in the van as you're driven back to your Denali accommodation.

Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

9. Healy: Denali Aurora Quest

Search the skies for the Northern Lights on a 3-hour guided tour in the Denali area. The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of the world's most spectacular natural phenomenons, and Alaska is one of the best places in the world for viewing. Get picked up from your Healy area accommodation in a 15-passenger, climate-controlled van. Journey away from the lights of town in search for the Northern Lights. The area around Denali makes an ideal spot for stargazing and catching the sometimes elusive Aurora Borealis. Your Alaskan guide will provide commentary and conversation on the area's unique history, formidable climate, dynamic geography, separate scientific facts and fictional myth as you travel to various spots to get the best view.  At each predetermined viewing area, take an opportunity to step outside and stretch your legs, sip a warm complimentary drink, and learn how the Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere. This bucket list experience will provide multiple photo opportunities with your local guide providing pointers to really capture the moment. The Northern Lights are visible only during the winter months (September to April) and sightings are not guaranteed.

Healy: Oar or Paddle Canyon Class IV Whitewater Rafting Trip

10. Healy: Oar or Paddle Canyon Class IV Whitewater Rafting Trip

Splash and paddle your way through the scenic wilderness of Denali National Park on this Alaskan whitewater rafting tour. Choose an oar raft or paddle raft depending on how you want to hit the waves and enjoy an optional shuttle service directly from your hotel. Start with pickup or meeting your guide at the meeting point, then prepare to get wet and enjoy every minute of it as you head for Healy, 11 miles downriver. Set near Denali Park, experience some of the best waves and scenery Alaska has to offer. Perfect for first-timers, an oar raft, is rowed by the guide while rafters sit, hold on, and enjoy the view to the fullest. In a paddle raft, you’ll join in on the action as an active participant by paddling downriver. Your guide will be beside you, providing instructions on how and when to paddle. Before getting in the water, gear up in included Gore-Tex dry suits, neoprene boots, and life jackets. Then, the adventure officially starts. Hang on through thrilling rapids such as “Razorback, “Coffee Grinder,” and “Ice Worm.” After you’ve had your fill of thrills, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel or the meeting point, depending on the option you book.

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What people are saying about Denali National Park and Preserve

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 189 reviews

Before the tour, the team was great about communicating pickup coordination and knowing what to expect. Great guides who gave great info about the lights and knew where to go for optimal chance of viewing. Helped the participants learn to take photos of the night sky using their iPhones or androids. Gave plenty of time at the various stops for viewing the sky.

Highly recommend this adventure! Perfect way to explore the park. The meal was fantastic. Dennis was a great guide!

Weather wasn’t greAt but Pilot Trent made the most of it and we ended up having an amazing trip! Thank you

Beautiful views and our guide demitrius was funny and informative on the sights

This was amazing. Amazing staffs and exciting activity!