Something for everyone
Black Diamond ATV Adventure — Approximately 3 hours
Awaken your wild side with this exciting tour that provides the chance to drive an ATV through the breathtaking backcountry of the Denali area. After donning safety gear and learning how to safely maneuver the four-wheel-drive ATVs, which go up to 15 miles per hour, follow the guide onto the trail, which offers breathtaking imagery at every turn.
The nearby mountains, dramatic tundra, jagged horizon and glorious flora feature in the striking tableau that only exists in the Alaska wilderness. Snap photos whenever you wish. As your guide describes the area’s mining history, keep an eye out for wildlife. Explore Dry Creek riverbed, site of Athabascan Indian artifacts and an authentic cabin abandoned by old-timer Alaskans.
Scale Black Diamond Peak for a heavenly view of Healy Valley, which boasts a subtle symphony of blues, grays, greens and browns that add depth and dimension to this truly magical place.
Black Diamond Treasure Hunt and Dining — Approximately 4 hours
Explore the Alaska countryside on this adventurous guided journey through rugged backcountry trails on a Polaris ATV. After a helpful safety course, suit up in the provided gear and pile into the ATV, which has room for six.
With the pro at the wheel, follow a list of fun objectives to locate fascinating “treasures,” like a chest of minerals near old mining trails full of quartz, coal and granite. Take in vistas of Healy Valley and unearth Athabascan Indian artifacts in the Dry Creek riverbed, where rickety cabins abandoned by Alaskan old-timers still stand.
Zip up Black Diamond Peak while watching for wildlife, including foxes, rabbits and bears. Stop for photos as desired. At a rustic pavilion, relish a hearty meal of salmon, chicken, ribs and complimentary wine and beer.
While taking in the scenery, enjoy the satisfaction that comes from a day spent exploring the wild.
Covered Wagon Adventure With Backcountry Dining— Approximately 3 hours
Travel back in time during this splendid journey across Alaska tundra on a horse-drawn covered wagon reminiscent of those used by pioneers exploring the wilderness.
The tour begins at a tranquil lake offering awe-inspiring views of Alaska’s mountainous skyline. Climb aboard the roomy wagon and settle in as two draft horses lead the way through the tree-laden countryside.
While soaking up views of snowcapped mountains reflecting the sun, listen as your guide unveils this former mining area’s rich history, including local folklore.
Breath in the crisp air while watching for wildlife, which could include caribou and bears.
Arrive at a rustic pavilion with unbelievable views to savor a freshly prepared family-style gourmet feast.
Continuing on, discover a primitive cabin abandoned by an Alaskan old-timer, then arrive at Dry Creek riverbed, home to Athabascan Indian artifacts. Throughout your excursion, snap pictures of Alaska’s spectacular scenery, which offers brilliant tableaux at every turn.
Denali Excursion by Helicopter — Approximately 2 hours
Buckle up for a bird’s-eye view of Denali National Park, a spectacular 6-million-acre preserve dotted with 1 million acres of glaciers.
Your helicopter tour of Denali National Park begins aboard a cutting-edge A-Star helicopter. You’ll climb along the spine of the Alaska Range through the mountainous backcountry of towering peaks and ancient glaciers, and glide over massive glacier-carved valleys.
You’ll hear expert commentary through headsets and, as you fly over the ever-changing topography, gain insight into how it all came to be.
You’ll examine the fascinating geological features of the Polychrome Mountains and turquoise lakes left by receding glaciers, and Yanert Glacier, located in the central Alaska Range. Weather permitting, you’ll climb over the clouds to Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest mountain, towering 20,320 feet tall.
Denali Fly-Fishing for Arctic Grayling — Approximately 4.5 hours
Soak up the beauty of Denali during this extraordinary half-day fly-fishing expedition to the Jack River. Gear up with lightweight fly-fishing gear, provided by your guide, a dedicated fly fisherman whose passion for the sport is contagious.
Learn the basics of fly-casting, roll casting, matching the catch, landing fish and catch-and-release techniques.
When ready, cast your nearly weightless artificial lure for the Arctic grayling, a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family. These ravenous surface feeders are thrilling to catch on the fly, whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned angler.
Wading and moving along the uneven riverbed may be necessary. While fishing, relax, breathe in the clean mountain air and take in the unbridled beauty of the Alaska wilderness. Enjoy this opportunity to feel at peace with nature.
Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter — Approximately 2 hours
Your experienced pilot will make sure every moment of this life-changing adventure is filled with thrilling sights as you glide over wild, untamed rivers and climb through huge U-shaped valleys to trace the spine of the Alaska Range, home of Mt. McKinley.
Enjoy views of Denali National Park on our way to remote mountain settings deep in the Yanert Icefield. Revel in the sweeping bird’s-eye views, and then land on the Yanert Glacier to see astounding natural wonders up close.
You’ll join your pilot guide to explore dramatic icefalls, crystalline moraines, mystifying ice bridges and icy-blue glacial pools. With camera in hand, you’ll capture each new experience to share with family and friends and back on board, you’ll return through pristine habitat watching for treasured sightings of bears, moose and Dall sheep.
If you catch a glimpse of Mt. McKinley, the adventure is beyond compare.
Denali Heli-Hiking by Helicopter — Approximately 4 hours
Join the adventure of a lifetime on a popular heli-hiking tour. Located just outside the Denali National Park boundaries, the Yanert Valley hiking area offers low- to moderate-intensity hiking along a tundra ridgeline, with spectacular vistas of Alaska.
You are dropped off after a short helicopter flight to the open wilderness of Alaska’s backcountry. View the flora and fauna of the area with your professional guide and possibly spot wildlife in its natural habitat.
Tour includes a small snack, bottled water and limited outdoor gear as needed (you must have proper footwear to do this tour).
Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari — Approximately 4 hours
Delve into the Alaska wilderness on this thrilling off-road adventure along Stampede Road, a historic trail blazed by miners in the 1930s to access the Kantishna gold fields. After a brief orientation of your assigned four-wheel-drive Jeep, follow the skilled guide driving the lead vehicle to the primitive road recently seen in Into the Wild, a biopic about Christopher McCandless, who set off on this path in search of solitude.
Upon reaching the roadway’s rustic, unpaved section, enjoy a wildly fun and beautiful off-road adventure. Throughout your tour, listen via two-way radio as the guide details the area’s rich history and amazing sights.
Watch for wildlife, including moose, caribou and bears, and take turns driving while soaking in the unbridled beauty of the Alaska wilderness. Savor a hearty snack before returning to civilization.
Denali Jet Boat Safari — Approximately 3 hours
Board a jet boat for a fun-filled ride on the Nenana River during the Denali Wilderness Jet Boat Safari, an exciting excursion to meet rugged Alaskans who survive by living off the land.
Start by boarding a heated twin-engine boat with expansive windows that offer stunning views. While zipping through Class II and III rapids, watch for grizzlies, moose, eagles and other wildlife that call this rustic “living room” home.
Listen as your guide shares fascinating tidbits about surviving Alaska’s extreme conditions. Arrive at a remote wilderness camp in Brushkana Creek Valley to meet steadfast Alaskans who survive by hunting, trapping, fishing or prospecting. While savoring a snack, hear captivating stories of their experiences in the wild. Learn to pan for gold and keep what you find. Enjoy feeding live reindeer. Before leaving, snap photos of the wilderness in which these bold Alaskans live.
Denali National Park Tours — Approximately 5 hours
Glimpse the epic sweep of Denali National Park on this guided natural history tour. Begin at the wilderness access center, where you’ll view an award-winning film. Across Time and Tundra.
Then, sightsee along the official park road through a changing tapestry of tundra and taiga. Watch for moose foraging along braided rivers and, farther along the road, scan the cliffs for nimble Dall sheep.
At Savage Cabin, you’ll be greeted by a costumed interpreter who will take you through the park’s rugged pioneer days during an informative living history presentation.
And, at Primrose Ridge, you’ll get acquainted with traditional uses of the land during an intriguing Alaska Native presentation. Designed to offer up a broad introduction to the park’s natural and human history, this morning or afternoon tour leaves plenty of time to include independent exploration or a favorite wilderness activity in your Denali experience.
Discover Denali Flightseeing — Approximately 2.5 hours
From take-off to touchdown, this thrilling flight will have you on the edge of your seat.
View snow-covered peaks right outside your window as your multi-engine airplane climbs ever higher into a magical mountain realm. Trace the spine of the Alaska Range on your way to Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park.
Located 90 miles from the park entrance, the tallest mountain in North America commands a chain of rugged peaks. Each one is a marvel of ice and stone, but your main objective is the mammoth peak Alaskans call Denali.
Views from the air are absolutely astounding as the 14,900-foot-high Wickersham Wall, 2,000-foot deep Ruth Glacier, and the towering 20,320-foot-high summit come into view.
With the expert commentary of your experienced pilot, you’ll gain insight into the state’s grand mountaineering and aviation traditions and experience for yourself Alaska’s irrepressible spirit of adventure.
Husky Homestead Tour — Approximately 2.5 hours
Hear the call of the wild on this engaging excursion to a top-notch husky homestead run by Jeff King, four-time champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the world’s foremost sled-dog race.
Visit the gorgeous rural area where Jeff lives and works with about 40 huskies. Enjoy a warm welcome from a cuddly pup and interact with champion huskies. Witness their excitement in action as they explode from the kennel during a training run, and observe the pulling of a dog-powered carousel.
Learn about the special bond a musher develops with his team and see the Arctic survival gear on which they depend. Hear 35 years’ worth of captivating stories from Jeff about racing, survival in the wild and the thrill of winning the Iditarod, which covers more than 1,150 miles of breathtaking terrain.
Kantishna Experience — Approximately 11 hours
If you’re coming to Denali National Park to see wildlife and Mt. McKinley, this full-day tour with boxed lunch is your best bet. You’ll travel the full length of the 90-mile park road to the remote mining town of Kantishna and back.
During a visit to the restored mountain home of Fannie Quigley, you’ll learn of her legendary exploits as a miner, hunter, trapper, gardener and cook.
This comprehensive park tour also includes a stop at beautiful Wonder Lake and a tour of the impressive Eielson Visitor center with its dramatic viewpoints.
And, as you sightsee with a national park ranger as your guide, you’re sure to see the widest possible array of animals—from grizzlies and caribou to moose and Dall sheep.
Music of Denali Dinner Theatre — Approximately 2 hours
Kick back after a day of sightseeing by joining in on this evening-long jaunt to a family-style roadhouse to see a rollicking musical comedy about the first men to reach the summit of Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali, “The Great One.”
Start with a hearty, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Alaska salmon and smokehouse ribs. While dining, enjoy wonderful live music by talented performers who hit all the right notes.
After dinner, enjoy complimentary coffee or tea, or, if the mood suits, soda, beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase. Relax while experiencing a truly delightful show that hilariously depicts the legendary adventures of the first men to scale North America’s highest peak, which stands 20,320 feet tall.
Nenana Gorge Whitewater Rafting — Approximately 3.5 hours
Feel the rush of the rapids during this exhilarating rafting adventure on the Nenana River, one of Alaska’s top whitewater-rafting destinations.
After hearing safety instructions and gearing up in the provided drysuit, lifejacket and neoprene booties, board the oar-powered raft where your guide will sit in the center within a secured rowing frame.
Throughout the 11-mile adventure, the experienced guide will confidently navigate the raft with the oars.
During quiet moments, enjoy the gentle sounds of the glacier-fed river, then splash through a dozen Class III and IV rapids. Listen to the guide’s insights on this world of extremes.
As you relish this once-in-a-lifetime experience, marvel at Alaska’s dramatic mix of jagged mountains, rolling hills and pristine alpine terrain.
Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Run — Approximately 3.25 hours
The rhythms of the Nenana River are hypnotic and the waters will carry you from one incredible sight to another. Your experienced guide will skillfully maneuver the raft for maximum adventure and equally intriguing opportunities to sit back and let the beauty of nature seep into your bones.
This is prime wildlife habitat, so you’ll be on the lookout for bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep and a host of smaller animals.
Your guide will enthusiastically showcase points of interest, offer insights into the region’s natural history, and entertain you with interesting tales of local lore. This is one of the best ways to connect with nature and experience wild Alaska.
Tundra Mountain Golfing — Approximately 3 hours
Hit the greens during this spectacular expedition to Black Diamond golf course, a course surrounded by stunning Alaska scenery.
The adventure begins with a picturesque drive to the rugged nine-hole course, bordered by gorgeous mountains and tranquil Otto Lake.
Constructed in 1995 on Alaska tundra with little to no topsoil, this course offers challenging grass that evokes Scottish courses of yesteryear.
Hazards include moose prints, tundra marsh and a crafty fox that enjoys stealing golf balls.
Since green fees, golf balls, club rentals and golf cart are included, you can relax and take in the magnificent panoramic views, clean air and robust colors spanning this 3,000-yard, par-35 course.
Relish the vibrant wildflowers surrounding each hole and watch for wildlife while teeing off under the Midnight Sun. Receive a souvenir logo golf ball so you can take home a piece of this inimitable place.
Tundra Wilderness Tour — Approximately 7 hours
This comprehensive full-day tour with boxed lunch travels deep into Denali National Park for the best possible wildlife, Mt. McKinley viewpoints and a host of magnificent vistas.
Your expert drive/guide will narrate throughout the journey and provide in-depth information about the history of the park. When animals are sighted, your tour driver will capture video footage and project the images onto drop-down screens so you can get a close-up look at the action.
You can even purchase a DVD that includes some of the video footage shot along the way. Watch for bears along braided rivers, caribou above the tree line and Dall sheep high above steep mountain passes. Scenic highlights include the multicolored cliffs of Polychrome Pass and, if Denali is “out,” astounding views of Mt. McKinley from Stony Hill Overlook.