Alaska Jeep / ATV Tours

Alaska Jeep / ATV Tours  (:51)

Taking a jeep or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) through the backcountry offers some great perks. Not only can you cover ground quicker than you do hiking (which, in Alaska, often requires a lot of tedious bushwhacking), but it’s a lot of fun—although you’ll likely get a bumpy, and at times raucous ride. Here’s the difference between the two:

  • Jeep Tours: You’re traveling mostly on dirt roads. Most of the time, you’re the passenger, with a skilled guide at the wheel and calling out points of interest. In some tours, though, you take turns behind the wheel of your jeep, following the guide in another jeep, using a two-way radio. And in others you even go it alone, using a GPS system as your guide. Tours that let you drive require a valid drivers’ license and minimum age of 25.
  • ATV Tours: With these trips, you’re definitely off-road: dirt, gravel bars, even going across streams, maybe even right up to a glacier. You’ll likely have the option of driving yourself, after a quick primer on how to operate the four-wheel, all-terrain vehicles. Kids under driving age will always be passengers, though. You’ll often get narration through a headset or a two-way radio. Tours include safety gear and some outerwear, such as helmets and raingear.

Cost: What is the Price Range?

About $100 - $300 for tours ranging from a few hours to 6 hours. Kids and passengers get discounted rates.

What You Need

Though plenty of tours provide rain gear, come dressed to get dirty (and maybe wet), including closed-toe shoes.

Where to Go

The most popular Jeep and ATV tours take place near the following areas:

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Jeep & ATV Tours

Ketchikan View All

Explore over 10 miles of old logging roads through the Tongass National Forest with Adventure Kart Expedition.

Season: Late April-early October $164 per person 4 hrs

Dri­ve your own jeep along pri­vate log­ging roads that wind up into the moun­tains, on your way to an alpine lake. Pad­dle across the shim­mer­ing lake to a shore­line camp for a deli­cious snack over an open fire. Enjoy some sto­ry­telling, then go on a short nature walk through a beau­ti­ful old-growth forest.

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Denali View All

Tour both inside and outside the park across rolling tundra with mountainous backdrops. Denali ATV Adventures and Black Diamond ATV offer ATV tours near Stampede Road, made famous in the film Into the Wild. Or, discover the rugged Denali Highway with Denali Highway Jeep Excursions.

Season: May 10 to Sep 19 $159.95 4 hrs

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  ...more

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: May 15 to Sep 15 $200+ 2+ hrs

ATV rentals for 2, 4, 8, or even a full 24 hours to explore many of the fun trails just out­side of Denali Nation­al Park on your own. Unguid­ed doesn’t mean unaid­ed: Denali Toy Rentals will out­fit you with a hel­met, gog­gles, and trail map, as well as lots of insid­er tips and sug­ges­tions on where to go, cus­tomized to your interests.

Season: May 10 to Sep 19 $119.95+ 3.5 hrs

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  ...more

Season: May 21 to Sep 07 $115+ 2.5 to 3.5 hrs

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. 

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Fairbanks View All

Season: May 10 to Sep 19 $220 5 hrs

Pilot your own ATV through the rugged Alaskan wilder­ness out­side Fair­banks. Choose from morn­ing or evening tours dri­ving an ATV — a 2021 Can-Am Trail Mav­er­ick side-by-side in Fair­banks with Mid­night Sun ATV tours.

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Anchorage View All

Explore former mining areas and serious wilderness outside the city. Tours available as a day trip from Anchorage depart nearby from nearby Palmer, Wasilla, Willow, Glacier View, or Girdwood -- all within a 45-minute to 2 hour drive from Anchorage.

Season: Year Round $245+ Full day, half day and multi-day

Head out into the Alaskan wilder­ness on this excit­ing ATV adven­ture, dri­ving through woods and splash­ing through rivers on your way to a gor­geous glacial moraine sur­round­ed by tow­er­ing snow-capped peaks. Trans­porta­tion from Anchor­age included.

Season: Apr 17 to Oct 31 $259+ drive | $139+ passenger Half, Full, and Multi-Day

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.

Season: May–October $200+ Half & Full-Day

These ATV and a side-by-side tours in scenic Hatch­er Pass with the option of half or full-day adven­tures are great for groups or fam­i­lies. Full day tour also includes a tour of Inde­pen­dence Mine State His­tor­i­cal Park. Walk the trails through the his­toric build­ings — and depend­ing on the time of year, stop to pan for gold or pick wild blue­ber­ries! Tours depart from Wil­low with trans­porta­tion avail­able from Anchorage.

Season: May 1 - Sept 30 $135+ 1.5 – 3 hrs

There’s great Alaskan back­coun­try ATV rid­ing just a few miles south of Anchor­age. Engage in the sights, sounds, and smells of the north­ern­most tem­per­ate rain­for­est while expe­ri­enc­ing the thrill of the throt­tle through the wind­ing wood­ed trails of the Chugach Moun­tain Range. In the alpine mead­ows of this wilder­ness area, there are fre­quent sight­ings of both brown and black bears, moun­tain goats, and Dall sheep.

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Glacier View View All

2.5 half hours north of Anchorage on the Glenn Highway, and right next to the mighty Matanuska Glacier. Join Glacier View ATV Tours to discover the area.

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