Go on the typical zipline and you get a lovely ride under a canopy of trees. But with this unique zipline tour—the only one in the Denali National Park area— you ride above the tree line, so that you can take in sweeping, 360-degree views of miles around, including the tundra and the Alaska Range.
Created by the Denali Park Adventures family—which already runs Denali ATV Adventures and Denali Jeep Excursions outside the Park Entrance—the Denali Park Zipline Adventure uses a cutting-edge technology that bring distinctly more freedom to your zipline experience. Rather than using traditional technology, where riders need to listen and watch the guide about how and when to brake—an element of traditional ziplining that can be a little distracting stressful and even dangerous for first-timers—the Denali Park Zipline’s braking system is operated by your guides, so all you have to do is sit tight and enjoy the views.
Up, Up and Away
The roughly three-hour adventure begins with a shuttle ride from your hotel to the departure area. Then, you climb aboard a side-by-side ATV and embark on a three-mile scenic trail ride through the wilderness. At the site, you’ll get suited up with the supplied safety gear—full body harness, helmet, and gloves—and the certified guides will lead you up 4 suspension bridges, as part of their Ascending Bridge Tower system that takes you above the boreal forest (for some folks, this is the most challenging part of the trip). Then, with a view of the Range and the tundra, you’re ready to glide: while some zipline courses start you off small, on a 50 or 75-foot line, Denali Park Zipline goes big, letting you start your ride on a 275-foot line.
Easy Preparation, Big Finish
In total, the course has six suspension bridges and eight lines, though you’ll ride just seven, since the last segment is a side-by-side, dual racer finale. The course is meant to be a crowd-pleaser with over half a mile of ziplines, and for a wide range of age or experience levels: able-bodied riders must be at least 8 years of age and a minimum weight of 70 lbs (and, otherwise, riders should weigh no more 280 lbs). Otherwise, you should just wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and layered clothing—and get ready for a thrilling, birds-eye ride over the wilderness.