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Denali National Park Road Tours

To experience the heart of Denali National Park, you'll have to travel by bus, van or plane -- private cars aren't allowed past the first 15 miles. The options all vary with respect to time, distance, price and flexibility. It's worth doing one of them: You'll get closer to Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), see more wildlife, and get a better sense of what makes the park so renowned.

2022 Partial Road Closure Update: In the summer of 2022, construction will begin on a bridge to bypass a landslide at MP 45.4 of the Denali Park Road. Tour buses and transit buses will travel as far as MP 43. Construction is expected to take two years.

Denali Park Road Bus Tours

Narrated large group tours on the Denali Park Road, 4 - 12 hours. In 2022, there will be a revised service. No busses will travel beyond MP 43 while there is construction on a bridge to bypass a landslide at MP 45.4 of the Denali Park Road.

Season: May 20 to Sep 18 $104+ 4.5 to 12 hrs

The best way to get an overview of Denali Nation­al Park is aboard one of the park bus­es, which fea­ture a trained nat­u­ral­ist who both dri­ves and pro­vides nar­ra­tion. Avail­able tours include the Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Tour (45 hrs), Tun­dra Wilder­ness Tour (78 hrs), The Eiel­son Excur­sion (89 hrs) or The Kan­tish­na Expe­ri­ence (1112 hrs)

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Park Service Hiker & Camper Shuttle Bus

Not always narrated, serves as transportation for campers and hikers in the park. Or, you can ride it as an alternative to a tour.

This flex­i­ble alter­na­tive to the stan­dard bus tour is a great option for inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers. Get off any­where, spend a few hours hik­ing, then catch anoth­er bus back to the park entrance (as long as a seat is avail­able). You can take a short ride before start­ing your adven­ture, or trav­el out to Kan­tish­na, at the end of the park road. See adjust­ed ser­vices for 2022.

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Hiking & Biking Tours along Denali Park Road

Experience the Denali Park Road on two feet or by bike!

Season: May 1 - Sept 30 $29+ 3+ hrs to Multi-Day Rentals

If you want to expe­ri­ence Denali Nation­al Park, Bike Denali has a fun, unique way to do it — on two wheels! Options include after­noon rentals to ride around the park entrance, full-day rentals to the explore the Denali Park Road to mul­ti-day rentals for bike camp­ing. Opt for a moun­tain bike, or eBike.

Season: Year Round Custom pricing, contact for rates Full Day

Tra­verse Alas­ka can craft ful­ly-guid­ed cus­tom adven­tures, or set you up on a trip into the Alas­ka wilder­ness arm­ing you with some know-how — and pro­vid­ing you with the inde­pen­dence to freely explore. Excur­sions include pri­vate day hikes, raft­ing and pack­raft­ing, and mul­ti-day backpacking. 

The Denali Nation­al Park Vis­i­tors Cen­ter is actu­al­ly more of a cam­pus. The cen­ter itself is the main Nation­al Park Ser­vice wel­come and infor­ma­tion cen­ter and it is sur­round­ed by oth­er facil­i­ties that include a restau­rant, bookstore/​giftshop, bag check, bus stop and the Alas­ka Rail­road depot. 

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Denali Highway

30 miles south of the Denali National Park Visitor Center, is the town of Cantwell and the start of the Denali Highway. This was the original road to Denali National Park. In 2022, there are two tours available to experience this historic road, as an alternative to the Denali Park Road.

Season: May 15 to Sep 15 $169 Jeep Tour | $199+ Jeep Rentals 4-8 hrs

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  ...more

Season: Jun 04 to Sep 16 $199 10 - 12 hrs

Most peo­ple who vis­it the six-mil­lion-acre Denali Nation­al Park nev­er see the orig­i­nal road that led to Denali Nation­al Park — the Denali High­way. On this excur­sion, guests will immerse them­selves in the beau­ty of this spe­cial road, trav­el­ing along 65 miles of it, from Cantwell to Alpine Lodge. The tour makes for a full day — from about 8 in the morn­ing until 6:30 in the evening — but it’s an adven­ture of a lifetime

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Flights

Take a bus tour one-way all the way to the end of the road, and fly back. Not offered in 2022 due to Denali Park Road closure.

Not Operating in 2022

Reopen­ing in 2023. This is the only flight­see­ing com­pa­ny with an airstrip in Kan­tish­na, inside Denali Nation­al Park. Because you depart so much clos­er to the moun­tain than oth­er tours, in a one-hour flight, you’ll get 40 min­utes cir­cling the moun­tain. You may also com­bine a one-way park road bus tour with a Denali flight­see­ing tour for an incred­i­ble overview of the park.

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