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Talkeetna: Denali Southside Explorer Scenic Air Tour

Talkeetna: Denali Southside Explorer Scenic Air Tour

From US$ 279.45 per person

Join a scenic tour by air and discover the wonders of Denali National Park and the Alaska Range on this once-in-a-lifetime plane ride adventure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See the Great Gorge at the the Ruth Glacier, a mile high granite wall filled with a 4,000-foot-thick river of ice
  • View the Don Sheldon amphitheater from the skies
  • Marvel at the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range
  • Choose to add on a once-in-a-lifetime glacier landing
Full description

Explore Denali National Park from the air as you fly over the river systems of Talkeetna and across the Susitna Valley into an incredible landscape of icefalls, glaciers, and snowy peaks.

Upon arrival at the unique, octagon-shaped Alaskan log cabin, check-in at the office and listen to an up-to-the-minute weather briefing to prepare you for your trip.

Take the opportunity to meet and chat with your knowledgeable guide for the journey, and if you’ve picked the optional glacier landing, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and glacier boots. Relax on the deck as you await your flight’s departure, then follow your pilot guide to the aircraft and listen to a short safety briefing.

Board your single-engine, high-wing plane, where everyone gets a window seat to make the most of the views, as well as a personal headset to listen to your guide’s expert narration. Then it’s time to hit the skies for an awe-inspiring one-hour flight amongst the jagged peaks and glaciers on the southern side of the Alaska Range.

It doesn’t matter which side of the plane you’re on, since every seat provides stunning, sprawling views across the landscape.

Each flight is customized for the very best views according to the weather and includes a flyover of the Great Gorge, the Don Sheldon Amphitheater, and Ruth Glacier. With the addition of a glacier landing, the total duration of the tour becomes 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • Each passenger gets their own window seat and personal headset to listen to your pilot's expert narration
  • Courtesy pickup/drop-off within a 2 mile radius of the Talkeetna Air Taxi office/downtown Talkeetna
  • A National Park Pass is necessary for glacier landings and must be purchased from prior to your flight; a 7-day pass costs $15.00 for everyone 16 and older
  • Transportation to/from Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Denali National Park
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

• The local supplier is located in a unique octagonal log building at the Talkeetna State Airport • Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your departure

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Drones
  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • All flights and glacier landings are weather dependent. If we cannot fly due to weather conditions, you will be refunded in full. We are happy to reschedule you (at no cost to you) if your vacation itinerary allows. You are welcome to call our office before your flight to check weather conditions
  • Please dress in warm layers, closed-toe shoes and sunglasses; we will provide waterproof over boots for those doing a glacier landing
  • If you have chosen to add the glacier landing to your flight, you must purchase a National Park Pass if you do not already have one. The cost is $15 per person for everyone 16 or older; the pass is valid for 7 days from the date of issue. Passes can be purchased online from
Customer reviews

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5 /5

based on 6 reviews

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This was an adventure of a lifetime! Our family of 4 (two teens ages 15 and 16) was lucky enough to have a private flight all around Denali, along the glacier rivers and even flying right up next to the shear cliffs! Even though we were 1/4 mile away from them, they seemed so close you could touch them! Then, our glacier landing was like being on another planet! So incredible, we'd do it again in a heartbeat!

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