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Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure into the heart of Denali National Park.

Denali, the Crown Jewel of national parks, is a true wilderness. There’s very little development and very large scenery. Access into the heart of the park is restricted. The best way to see more and do more in Denali is on a full-day excursion that takes you to the end of the road. 

Your experience begins at your lodging outside the park gates. After picking you up, we’ll head 92 miles down the Denali Park Road on a journey rich in stories, stunning scenery and unforgettable natural wonders. 

Your driver-guide is a gifted raconteur with an eye for safety and a radar-like ability to spot wildlife. Time seems to fly by as your journey past stunning landmarks like Toklat, Polychrome Pass and the Eielson Visitors Center.

Lunch is served buffet-style in the classy but comfy Miner’s Day lodge at Denali Backcountry Lodge in the little end-of-the road settlement that is Kantishna. You’ll have time for a botany walk, to visit a historical site or try panning for gold. 

Then, the journey out of the park is just as full of magic. The light is different, the chances of spotting wildlife different, and by this point,  you’ll feel different as well. You’ll have a deep appreciation for the preservation of this remarkable place - how the vast wilderness can be both calming and inspiring. 

A day on the Denali Backcountry Adventure, after all, is unlike any other day.

2018 Schedule

The Denali Backcountry Adventure runs daily from June 5 – September 13, 2018


6 AM Board at Denali Cabins, Mile 229, George Parks Highway
6:10 – 6:30 AM Pick-up from area hotels in Denali Canyon & begin your Denali Backcountry Adventure
12:30 PM* Lunch and activities included at Denali Backcountry Lodge
2:30 PM Depart for return trip, continue searching for wildlife
7:30 PM* Return to Park entrance and Denali Canyon area

* Times are approximate

PLEASE NOTE: We schedule passenger pick-ups based on request only. We are able to ONLY pick up passengers from the following lodges in the Denali Park Entrance area: 

  • Denali Cabins
  • Denali Grizzly Bear
  • Denali Park Village
  • McKinley Chalet
  • Grande Denali Lodge
  • Denali Bluffs Hotel
  • Princess Lodge 

Photo Tips for Better Wildlife Photos

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of animals along the Denali Park Road. Sometimes they wander right up to our buses. Other times they won’t come close. All we know for certain is that you’ll get your best shots when you’re aware and prepared.

Take Lots of Photos

Because wildlife doesn’t always wait patiently.

Take a variety of photos.

Try close ups to capture character, and context shots to show how and where your subjects live.

Don’t miss quiet moments

In the lives of birds and smaller animals.

Turn off your camera’s flash.

Flashes can scare the animals. Try utilizing the natural light to capture the authentic shot.

Share your photos.

Everyone loves an adventure. Whether on social media or over a cup of coffee, let friends and family discover your Alaska experience. 

For their protection and yours.

When stopped for wildlife, stay VERY quiet. Always keep your arms, hands and heads inside the doors and windows. If your driver gives the all clear to step out, maintain a safe distance from wildlife.

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