Get sweeping views of Denali National Park as you tour a very unique way: via helicopter. Go with Era Helicopters and you’ll have several exciting options:
Experience the thrill of flightseeing! Soar over the Denali region for up to 35 minutes of unforgettable views along the rugged spine of the famous Alaska Range. Your adventure begins at our private riverside heliport overlooking the Nenana River. Your flight along the Alaska Range through the eastern portion of Denali National Park offers stunning views of towering peaks and massive glacially carved valleys through the rugged backcountry. There is no better way to discover the vast expanses of Alaska’s natural beauty. Witness the beauty of the Cantwell Glacier as it cascades over 1,000 feet to the valley below while you keep an eye out for local park residents such as caribou, moose and Dall sheep. If you're lucky, North America's tallest peak, Denali, might come into view. Alternate flight routes are available.
Denali Glacier Landing Tour
Walk upon an ancient glacier tucked away deep in the Alaska Range. Your adventure begins at our private riverside heliport. Lift off and be immediately immersed in the vastness of the Denali area. On your way to the massive Yanert Icefield, your pilot will serve as your guide through this unique glacially-carved environment. Soar over the rolling tundra, keeping an eye out for the local residents - caribou, moose, bear and Dall sheep. Snow-capped peaks and glaciers abound on this journey before you are set down on a river of ice. Enjoy 15-20 minutes of glacial exploration and endless photo opportunities.
Denali Tundra Express
Enjoy this short helicopter ride through the peaks and valleys that make up the Alaska Range. Just moments after taking off from our riverside heliport, you will find yourself immersed deep in the Alaska backcountry. As you explore the hills just outside of Denali National Park, look below for local wildlife or keep your eyes on the horizon for a chance at viewing Denali, North America's tallest peak, or Mt. Deborah, her impressive sister to the East. You will set down on the soft, alpine tundra giving you the opportunity to step out and into this scenic landscape. With the pilot as your guide, take this opportunity to explore the local ecosystem, try your hand at tracking wildlife, snap a flurry of keepsake photos or just sink your feet into the tundra and breathe in the mountain air. Your trip concludes with a short, but incredible flight back to our Denali heliport.
Trip includes 15-20 minutes of flightseeing, with a 15-20 minute mountain landing.
Denali Heli Hiking Adventure
Trek through the wild Alaskan backcountry with an experienced, local naturalist at your side. On this tour, you'll explore remote areas that are normally a full day's hike away. Lift off from our private riverside heliport and immediately take in the breathtaking birds-eye view of the remote Alaskan wilderness. An exhilarating flight will bring you to our hiking area located just beyond the boundaries of Denali National Park. Once there, your guide will lead you on a gentle tailor-made trek above the tree line. Track animals, interpret the flora and fauna and if you're lucky - catch a glimpse of some of the spectacular local wildlife. This hike will leave you with unforgettable views of rolling tundra and alpine ridgelines. Relax on the hillside while enjoying a light snack. This tour is limited to very small groups to accommodate varying levels of mobility and guest desires.
The Helicopter Advantages
Flightseeing in a helicopter is very different from a plane: You typically have about six times as much window space and hence a better view—plus, because it's not a bumpy ride, it's unlikely to cause motion sickness. Praised by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 helicopters tour operators in the world, Era is the only helicopter tour in the Denali area.
Tours run from mid-May through late September. Tours subject to operate on passenger minimums. Tours are for ages 2 and up. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Tour lengths indicated include transfer time.