Anchorage //Temperate Rain Forest • Knik Glacier • Turnagain Arm views • Drive your own • Ride along
When Chris Roberts came up with the idea for Gold Mine Safari Tours, he knew he’d struck it rich, so to speak. This low-impact adventure tour showcases Alaska’s grandeur and highlights its mining history—all from the unique vantage point of an open-air, high-mobility ATV known as a Pinzgauer.
With Alaska Backcountry Adventure Tours, you can experience glaciers inaccessible by road. Never fear if you’ve never driven an before; this company teaches you to maneuver your ATV through the Alaskan wilderness with your guide at the lead. Your destination is the magnificent Knik Glacier, where you’ll enjoy lunch and gorgeous scenery.
May - October
Alaska ATV Adventures offers a variety of day trips around the state, but its main offerings are on trails near Girdwood, where you can explore Alaska’s rainforest. You’ll ride to several scenic overlooks, including a view of Turnagain Arm. If you’re lucky, you may also see moose, bears, and eagles. Choose to drive, or just ride along while someone else does the steering.
This tour is an adventuresome alternative to a bus ride into the park. Denali ATV Adventures offers several tours that let you explore the areas surrounding Denali National Park. On your journey, you’ll splash through rivers, drive over tree root-rutted trails, and four-wheel up to some of the area’s most spectacular vistas. Drive your own ATV, or be the passenger and enjoy the ride.
This is your chance to experience the spectacular scenery along the Denali Highway, a road recently ranked #2 worldwide as a 'Drive of a Lifetime' by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. You’ll be given the opportunity to take the wheel, or if you prefer, just sit back and enjoy stunning views of the peaks and glaciers of the central Alaska Range. There is a guide in the Jeep up front, but you can stop wherever, whenever, and as often as you want to take photos, look for moose, wolves, caribou, and bears, and take in the sweeping views of regal mountains in all directions.
The Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari is an exciting ride and a fascinating look at the area’s history. Each Jeep seats four people, and everyone gets a chance to drive. On this excursion, you’ll set off onto Stampede Road, which gained notoriety when Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book, Into The Wild, was published. It is the very same road where young Christopher McCandless, the lead character of the book, entered the wild but never returned.
Drive your own 4-wheel all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on this exciting off-road journey through the backcountry adjacent to Denali National Park. Black Diamond puts you in control: stop whenever you want, take pictures of the spectacular scenery, and laugh as you experience Alaska as it was meant to be: rough and wild. Explore old coal-mining trails and spill out onto the Dry Creek River Bed, then head high up on Black Diamond Peak to take in the entire Healy Valley and breathtaking mountain scenery.
The Black Diamond ATV Treasure Hunt backcountry adventure, just outside Denali, offers both a skilled guide and a splash of think-for-yourself adventure. Your ride can be fast and exciting or slow and leisurely—it’s up to you. Unlike some other ATV trips, you don’t have to do the driving; a pro is at the wheel of the Polaris ATV. You’ll explore old coal-mining trails and the Dry Creek River Bed, where Athabascan Indian artifacts have been found and where old sourdoughs’ abandoned cabins still stand.