The National Park Service reports that approximately 400,000 people travel to Denali National Park every year. The park caters to adventure enthusiasts with many year-round activities, giving visitors a chance to see the native wildlife, explore scenic trails and spend a few days camping in nature. Whether you’re visiting Denali for a weekend or a week-long vacation, you’ll find many fun and exciting things to do in Denali National Park.
Camping is one of several things to do at Denali National Park.
Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour
Doyon Tourism’s Kantishna Wilderness Trails Tour is a 12-hour adventure through the hills, valleys and trails of Denali National Park and gives visitors a chance to see dozens of big-game species, including moose, Dall sheep, wolverine, grizzly bears and caribou, as well as native and migratory birds. The bus tour includes lunch at the Kantishna Roadhouse, refreshments throughout the trip and interpretive programs in the afternoon.
As of February 2010, rates are $149 per person, plus a $10 entrance fee to Denali Park.
Kantishna Wildeness Trails Tour
Doyon Tourism, Inc.
1 Doyon Place, Suite 300
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Flightseeing with Fly Denali
Fly Denali is one of several flightseeing tour operators that offers beginner and advanced flightseeing excursions along a variety of routes around Denali Park. You can choose from the Glacier Landing tour or the McKinley Summit Tour to see the peaks, glaciers and pristine lakes around Denali Park from a bird’s-eye view. As of February 2010, the Glacier Landing tour is $449 per person and the McKinley Summit Tour is $349 per person.
Fly Denali, Inc.
Talkeetna Spur Road
Talkeetna, AK 99676
Tundra Wilderness Tour
The Tundra Wilderness Tour is a 60-mile guided road tour that lasts between seven to nine hours. The tour gives guests a chance to see moose and caribou living on the plains of the park up close, explore the taiga forest, see the Toklat River and Toklat Bridge, and catch a glimpse of Mount McKinley. The entire trip covers approximately 54 miles of Denali National Park. Pickup points include the Denali Bluffs Hotel, Grande Denali Lodge, McKinley Village Lodge, McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and Riley Creek Mercantile.
As of February 2010, the Tundra Wilderness Tour is $103 for adults and $51.50 for children 14 years and younger.
Denali National Park Concession Joint Venture
241 North C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Plan a self-guided mountaineering expedition up to the peaks and hills around Denali National Park by picking up the official Denali National Park and Preserve Mountaineering Booklet from the National Park Service. Mountaineers must register with the Denali National Park and Preserve to get in touch with a ranger who can recommend a route based on the mountaineer’s skill level and current conditions on the Alaska Range. Visitors can contact the Talkeetna Ranger Station for registration information.
Talkeetna Ranger Station
P.O. Box 588
Talkeetna, AK 99676
The Murie Science and Learning Center
The Murie Science and Learning Center is located near the Denali Visitor Center and features exhibits and displays that represent eight of Alaska’s arctic and subarctic regions. The center hosts educational programs, interactive events, youth camps and teacher trainings throughout the year. As of February 2010, admission is free year-round.
Murie Science and Learning Center
Denali National Park and Preserve
Post Office Box 9
Denali National Park, AK 99755
- National Park Service: Denali National Park
- Denali Outdoor Center: Denali National Park Activities
- Alaska Denali Tours: Denali National Park Alaska Vacation Tour
- Alaska Tour & Travel: Denali National Park
- Denali National Park: Activity and Calendar Information
- Alaska.org: Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour
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