Black Diamond Covered Wagon  (1:10)

To get a real sense of old - time Alaska, climb into Black Diamond's family-friendly Covered Wagon Adventure for a trip through time.

Experience this historic mode of transportation, pulled by two draft horses through the Alaskan tundra with the mountains of nearby Denali National Park hovering overhead.

As you travel, guides fill you in on the area's fascinating history and natural treasures.

A Meal, and Then a Back-in-Time Tour

Your tour begins at a beautiful mountain lake with panoramic views. Enjoy a relaxing meal freshly prepared with only the finest ingredients and served by Black Diamond's colorful local staff. Depending on the time of day, this could be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Next, join your horse guide and entertainer on a scenic adventure along the north boundary of Denali National Park. Learn about the history of this coal mining area as you pass through the wilderness. Your guide will share local folklore, facts, and more. You’ll pause at the Dry Creek riverbed to stretch your legs and feed the horses carrots if you like. You'll also stop at a rustic cabin and have a chance to see how some Alaskans still live.

This is a great way to get outside and have a gentle adventure experience. People rave about the good food, but also the warm, friendly guides. You can even think of it as a fresh-air alternate to a dinner theatre show: the outdoors is the show.

The folks at Black Diamond pride themselves on offering an outdoorsy, but very family-friendly experience.

The folks at Black Diamond pride themselves on offering an outdoorsy, but very family-friendly experience.

Family-Friendly Adventures

The folks at Black Diamond pride themselves on offering a something-for everyone Alaskan experience: outdoorsy, but very family-friendly. Even though there were already three horseback riding companies in Denali, there was nothing like this, so they started this tour with just two horses, a wagon and some great food. Today, they have 15 draft horses and 7 wagons.

Black Diamond Resort Co. was launched in 1995, when Marilyn Usibelli and her sister—two born-and-bred Alaskans from the Denali/Healy area, and whose husbands worked in the Usibelli coal mine—decided to start their own business. It began with a small golf driving range and golf course, and expanded into tours and a lakeside restaurant. Their first year, they had 2 employees, and today have around 90 (including college students from around the world) during a busy summer.

What to Bring

  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes
  • Camera

Getting There

Otto Lake Road
Healy, AK 99743

By Car: Black Diamond Resort Co. is located at mile 247 on the George Parks Highway, just 8 miles north of the Denali National Park entrance. Turn onto Otto Lake Road and go about one half mile down the road

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May 10 - Sept 19
Duration 3.5 hrs
Rates Black Diamond Covered Wagon Adventure with Back Country Dining // $89.95 adult, $40 child | Departs 7:30 AM, 11 AM, 2:30 PM, 6 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM*
Rate Notes A credit card is required to hold your reservation, with the total amount due upon arrival.
Black Diamond accepts cash, personal check, AE, DISC, MC, V
Cancellation Policy If you cancel 2 days out, 100% of your deposit will be returned You may reschedule without penalty Cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice and no - shows will be charged in full
*Pickup is 15 minutes before the listed times above

Photos

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