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Frequently Asked Questions

All our lodging, attractions and sightseeing experiences will be open for the 2022 summer season with enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols. Learn more about our Safety Promise.

The Denali Backcountry Adventure travels to remote areas of the Denali region with unsurpassed beauty, wildlife viewing opportunities, views of the Alaska Range including Denali, and the perfect chance to escape the urban jungle.

This tour also includes plenty of time off the bus, a delicious lunch, plus activities at Alpine Creek Lodge before making the return journey to the Park Entrance. 

Though you may catch glimpses of the popular peak, only 30% of visitors to Denali National Park will see. Denali in full view during their visit.

Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) is not visible from the popular Denali Canyon resort area, though it can be seen with a trip into the Alaska Range. The Denali Backcountry Adventure travels 65 miles along the Denali Highway and provides multiple opportunities to see Denali.

The Denali Backcountry Adventure bus can accommodate a folding wheelchair, however, guests must be able to step onto the bus without assistance.

Guests on the Denali Backcountry Adventure can catch the bus from the Denali park entrance from the following hotels: 

Tour departs from:
Princess Wilderness Lodge 8 AM
McKinley Chalets 8 AM
Crows Nest Cabins 8 AM
Grande Denali Lodge 8 AM
Bluffs Hotel 8 AM
Denali Park Village 8 AM
Grizzly Bear 8:15 AM
McKinley Creekside Cabins 8:15 AM
Denali Cabins 8:15 AM

We will need to know your pick up location when you make your reservation. You can do this by letting your tour consultant know, or by selecting your location in your online reservation.

PLEASE request pick-up in advance if you are not departing from Denali Cabins. If you book online within 24 hours, you must call Denali Cabins at 907.683.2643 to schedule a pick-up.

The tour is approximately 10–12 hours round trip, which includes 2 hours at Alpine Creek Lodge.

Yes. The Denali Backcountry Adventure can stop anywhere along the Denali Highway and guests are welcome to take photos at any time, on or off the bus. Please be advised that while we stop for wildlife and scenic views, we will not allow guests to disembark if wildlife is too close to the bus, for the safety of the animals and guests.

You will have opportunities to see Denali's "Big 5" that include: bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves. In addition to the Big 5, guests may also spot a myriad of other species in the area.

Yes, the Denali Backcountry Adventure makes stops each way so guests can stretch their legs and take in the incredible views.

Lunch is served in the main dining room or on the deck, that includes drinks and an entrée with sides. Activities take place immediately following lunch.

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