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Mile 238.5 George Parks Highway
Denali National Park, AK 99755
3000 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99503
Want a hands-on exploration of Denali National Park, rather than just watching the landscape glide by your tour bus window? Denali Park Resorts' program, Explore Denali, is just that—a complete exploration of this gorgeous area by raft, bike, and foot. Best of all, these are all small-group tours so you'll get to spend plenty of time with the company's trained naturalists.
Here are the tours you can choose from:
The Paddle Run: On this ride you’ll get to grab a paddle and receive detailed instruction on how to successfully navigate the rapids. This challenging trip is for folks with whitewater paddling experience—or at least plenty of muscle and energy. This trip covers some of the same class III and IV rapids as in the Canyon Run. You’ll be equipped with specially designed drysuits. Minimum age 16.
The Canyon Run: On this oar-guided trip, the guide does all the navigation and interpretation. You just hold on and enjoy the 11-mile ride on an 18 foot inflatable raft. There will be 10 exhilarating rapids, some class III and IV. No experience necessary, and you’ll be equipped with specially designed drysuits. Minimum age 11.
The Wilderness Run: Take time to enjoy the scenery on this mild whitewater excursion as you float 13 miles of the Upper Nenana River. The river will carry you from one incredible sight to another. Your experienced guide will skillfully maneuver the raft as you sit back and let the beauty of nature seep in. This is prime wildlife habitat, so you’ll be on the look-out for bear, moose, caribou, lynx, Dall sheep and a host of smaller animals. This is one of the best ways to connect with nature and experience wild Alaska!
Roll on Through Denali: Rent a comfortable hybrid bike—great for on-road or off-road, beginners and experienced riders alike—and take off on your own along Denali’s improved trail system or the Park Road. You’ll need a permit from the Willderness Access Center if you want to go past Savage River at Mile 15. Bikes are available from the McKinley Chalet Gift Shop, or call 907-683-8213 for more information and reservations. The staff will give you an entrance area map and tip you off on the great sights along the bike path.
Hike through areas of Denali with an experienced guide who will help bring the Park’s amazing science and history to life.
Triple Lakes Trail Interpretive Hike: This challenging hike on an improved trail inside Denali National Park gives you an immersion into the boreal forest of Interior Alaska. It begins with a gradual hill climb, offering spectacular views of the Nenana River and the glacially carved Yanert Valley—then levels off near the three alpine lakes that give this trail its name. Here you have a good chance of seeing arctic grayling, beavers and moose, set against the backdrop of wildflower-covered hills (come August, there are blueberries, too). Recommended for avid hikers with appropriate conditioning and footwear. 4 miles, 3.5 hours. Two person minimum is required.
Rock Creek Hike: This "front country" experience on the Rock Creek Trail combines a pleasant hike on an improved trail with a visit to the unique Denali Visitor Center. Your interpretive guide takes you to the center where you can explore for about a half hour, then you’ll take a moderately strenuous loop hike of about four miles on the Rock Creek Trail. You’ll pass through a spruce and birch forest, with chances of seeing a moose or another forest animal.
Steps Through Time Hike: This guided hike through a gorgeous wilderness of mixed spruce, birch and alder forest as you follow the trail of frontier hunters on the way to an old hunting cabin. The rustic trail leads you to a bird’s eye view of the glacially-carved Nenana River valley, and you have the chance too see fox, moose, dall sheep and numerous birds. Your guide will offer insights into the powerful forces that shaped the land. Due to some increases in elevation and a boulder-hopping creek crossing, this is a moderately strenuous to difficult hike requiring sturdy foot wear.
Transfers: Tours depart from the McKinley Chalet Resort daily