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Denali National Park and Preserve

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

Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight with Optional Glacier Landing

1. Talkeetna: Grand Denali Flight with Optional Glacier Landing

Upon checking in at a unique Alaskan log cabin, be given a weather and safety briefing and then board one a high-wing, single-engine aircraft for the flight tour of a lifetime. Let the pilot take you on a journey into the heart of the Alaska Range. Just when you think you've seen it all, be flown through 1 of 2 passes on either side of Denali. Emerge on the north side of the range to see a flattened tundra landscape stretching out before you. As your pilot turns the plane around to go back to the south side of the range, there it is, the Wickersham Wall: the 13,658 foot vertical North face of Denali. Add a glacier landing to your flight and experience the exhilaration of standing among the majestic peaks of the Alaska Range. Play in the snow, take photos, or just take it all in. Glacier landings add 30 minutes to the total tour duration.

Talkeetna: Guided Tour of Denali National Park By Air

2. Talkeetna: Guided Tour of Denali National Park By Air

See Denali National Park in the air from Talkeetna. Soar over gentle foothills, along meandering glaciers, and up to the enormous peaks of the Alaska Range. Learn from your bush pilot who loves to share Alaska’s most inaccessible and spectacularly wild settings. Get ready for your flight tour with a warm welcome and coffee, tea, or hot cocoa by the fireplace in a lodge-style, timber-framed office. Then, follow your knowledgeable pilot to your aircraft. Listen to a safety briefing, do a microphone check, and take off toward the Alaska Range. Experience Option (1 hour)This magnificent flightseeing tour of Denali takes you within six miles of the summit. As your flight departs Talkeetna, see how the last ice age has shaped the land. Next, enter a world of rugged high mountain peaks and wide glacier-filled valleys. Listen as your pilot describes the natural wonders of Denali National Park. See the Sheldon Amphitheater, beautiful Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge (the world's deepest - almost 2 miles from top to bottom). Flyer Option (1.25 hours)Explore Denali and the south side of the Alaska Range. See Mt. Foraker (17,400 feet), and Mt. Hunter (14,573 feet). Fly over the winding Kahiltna Glacier, the longest glacier in Denali National Park (45 miles long and 3 miles wide). Then, fly along to the climber's Base Camp located at 7,200 feet on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier. Spot for climbers as they traverse the glacier and make their way to the West Buttress on Denali's flank. Grand Option (1.5 hours)Make a complete circle of Denali by air. See the south side of Denali, including the Kahiltna Glacier, Denali’s famous west buttress, Sheldon Amphitheater, Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge. Then fly across the divide to see Denali's incredible Wickersham Wall.

Talkeetna: Mountain Voyager with Optional Glacier Landing

3. Talkeetna: Mountain Voyager with Optional Glacier Landing

Check-in at a unique Alaskan log office before hopping on a single-engine, high-wing aircraft to begin your fantastic scenic flight. Enjoy a 1 hour and 15-minute flight winding in and around the Alaska Range's major peaks—Hunter, Foraker and Denali. Follow the massive glacier highways from above while listening to fascinating expert narration from your pilot. Witness Kahiltna Glacier, the longest in Denali National Park, stretching 45 miles with stunning ridges of earth and ice. This tour is perfect for those who want to soak in traditional Denali views while adding additional views from the south and west. The extra time in the air also allows for greater flexibility in finding the best views of the day. Upgrade your tour to include a glacier landing during your flight. Experience the exhilaration of standing among the majestic peaks of the Alaska Range. Play in the snow, take photos or just take it all in. Glacier landings add 30 minutes to the total tour duration.

Denali: ATV Side by Side Adventure with Meal

4. Denali: ATV Side by Side Adventure with Meal

Drive a Side by Side machine on an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime. Perfect for couples or families, these machines fit 2 people allowing you to share the experience together. Ride the Alaska Range and a warm back country meal afterward. Begin the adventure with safety training and information to feel completely comfortable once you start driving. Get fitted with a helmet, safety glasses, and gloves, totally ready to take on the wild by ATV. Set out on the Alaska Range through valleys and streams, up foothills, on Tundra, and take in the surrounding mountain views. Bring you camera to snap shots at many viewpoints. Head up Black Diamond Peak and look out over the entire Healy Valley. Enjoy a meal afterward of either breakfast or lunch/dinner, depending on your tour time. Fill up on delicious back country foods like eggs to your liking or buttermilk pancakes. Enjoy barbecued chicken for dinner, or some house marinated ribs. Take on the adventure together, the choice is yours.

Denali: 5-Hour Guided Wilderness Hiking Tour

5. 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.

Alaska: Denali National Park Class I-II Rafting Tour

6. Alaska: Denali National Park Class I-II Rafting Tour

Embark on an action-packed rafting experience near Alaska's Denali National Park. Look out for wildlife as you raft 11 miles down the Nenana River with assistance from your instructor. Suit up with the provided dry suits and boots and choose between an oar raft or paddle raft. With an oar raft, simply hold on tight as your guide rows for you. If you choose a paddle raft, take a paddle and follow your guide's instructions to move your raft downriver. Feel secure as you navigate the rapids with your experienced guide and admire the scenic views along the Nenana River. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including moose, sheep, caribou, and bears.

Denali: Highway Jeep Excursion

7. 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.

Talkeetna: Denali Southside Explorer Scenic Air Tour

8. Talkeetna: Denali Southside Explorer Scenic Air Tour

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.

Denali Park Zipline Adventure

9. 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: Horse-Drawn Covered Wagon Tour with Meal

10. Denali: Horse-Drawn Covered Wagon Tour with Meal

Climb aboard a covered wagon drawn by two horses and venture into old-time Alaska. Learn the Denali area's natural history and take in surrounding views of the tundra and nearby mountains. Take on the adventure, relax, and journey into the wild before partaking in a delicious local meal. Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel and a chance to stretch your legs before getting into the covered wagon. Enjoy a relaxing ride out to the pavilion and a freshly prepared meal once you arrive. Meet the horses that brought you to where you are, take a picture or two, and return to civilization admiring the surrounding mountains and wilderness. Let your guide take you on a photographic adventure along the northern Denali National Park Boundary. Discover the history of this mining area and hear stories of local folklore, facts, and more. Pass a few rustic Alaskan cabins and take the chance to see how some true Alaskans still live.

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What people are saying about Denali National Park and Preserve

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based on 234 reviews

Had an awesome experience with the Jeep Rental. I was able to explore more of Alaska at the cost of utilizing someone else’s vehicle. The service was immaculate and very informative about our tour and the route we planned to take. I highly recommend everyone take this experience.

It was a perfect day to go. The guides were a lot of fun and shared some knowledge along the way. The dinner was amazing. It was just a great time all around. Views were beautiful

One of the best Alaska adventure that my husband and i done. Best birthday gift ever for my husband! Thank you for once in a lifetime experience! Majestic Alaska.

The scenery was beautiful, lots of gorgeous Fall color! The lunch was great, nice variety!

The most incredible experience! Pilot was amazing!!!