Denali Backcountry Guides

Walking Tour

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Take an interpretive, guided walk in the Denali area with a naturalist guide who will point out the landmarks and talk about the amazing geology and glacial history of this part of the world. Walk through boreal forests and discover how plants and animals have adapted to the extreme sub-arctic environment.

  • Estimated time of hike: 3 hours
  • Don’t forget your camera, and bring binoculars if you have them!
  • Wear layers, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. You may bring a backpack with water and snacks.
  • Hiking Level: Moderate
  • Times: 7:30 am - 10:30 am, 5:00pm - 8:00pm, 8:15pm - 11:15pm (until August 7)
  • Rate: $109/person (There is a minimum of two people per hike and maximum number of six)
  • Reserve your space early, pay at hotel check in, refundable 72+ hrs. prior.

Interpretive Hike

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This tour is for the more fit travelers. While still a narrated tour, the interpretive hike covers more ground; climbs into the forest and alpine, and explores the glacier topology in depth. The extra time on the ground gives the group a chance to see the forested area near the Nenana River, the brushy but wildlife rich sub-alpine tundra, and the gorgeous views and highly adapted vegetation of the alpine tundra. Like our walking tour it is offered twice daily, at 7:30am and 5pm

  • Estimated time of hike: 4.5 hours
  • Wear layers, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. You may bring a backpack with water and snacks.
  • Don’t forget your camera, and bring binoculars if you have them!

  • Hiking Level: Strenuous
  • Time: 11AM and  5PM
  • Rate: $139/person (There is a minimum of two people per hike and maximum number of six)
  • Reserve your space early, pay at hotel check in, refundable 72+ hrs. prior.

Pack Rafting Tour

Our newest trip – a pack rafting trip that lets you enjoy sublime wilderness firsthand and have a water adventure at the same time! Hike through the wilderness to a stunning mountain stream and float through a valley beneath the majestic peaks of the Alaska Range. No Experience needed, we provide pack raft, dry suit, paddle, snack (bring a lunch and water).

  • Wear layers, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
  • You may bring a backpack with water and snacks, although water and snacks will be provided for you as well, but recommend bringing a lunch and water.

  • Hiking level: Moderate
  • Rate: $280/person (There is a minimum of two per trip and maximum number of five)
  • Time: call for times (Plan on 7 hours including transfer)
  • Reserve your space early, pay at hotel check in, refundable 72+ hrs. prior.

Heli Hiking Tour

The Alaskan tundra is one of the most esoteric and breathtaking landforms on the planet – like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. This trip begins with an awe-inspiring flight in a helicopter landing you in a remote alpine wilderness setting. Once there, you’ll take a guided hike around the truly unique and spectacular environment. Jeff, the naturalist guide who has been hiking in the tundra for twenty years, will point out the flora and fauna on the way. There’s no telling what kinds of animals you might see, but you are guaranteed to experience nature in a way that you won’t soon forget.

  • Estimated time of hike: 4 hours
  • Wear layers, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.
  • You may bring a backpack with water and snacks, although water and snacks will be provided for you as well.
  • Don’t forget your camera, and bring binoculars if you have them!

  • Hiking Level: Moderate
  • Rate:  $525/person
  • Times:  7:30am - 11:30am, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Reserve your space early, pay at hotel check in, refundable 72+ hrs. prior.

Jet boat Wilderness Safari Tour

Book early and SAVE $10pp (KEEP “Book early and SAVE $10pp” IN RED) Denali River Safaris would like to extend and invitation to visit the "REAL ALASKA". This is a family run business & their "staff" are friends & family. You will travel by heated jet boat 30 miles upriver into the wilderness to the camp where they make their living. Here they will demonstrate & tell you about the activities that keep them busy in this magnificent place. They are dog mushers, trappers, gold miners, craftsmen, hunting guides & they are anxious to show and tell you how they support the land that supports them.

There is no guarantee, but a good chance of getting a great close-up view of some of the "locals". Alaskan wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful - our guests have spotted moose, grizzly bear, ptarmigan, eagles, and more!

  • Rate: $119 Adult / $79 Child (11 & under)
  • Times: 8:30am, 10:30am, 2:30pm, & 6:30pm Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Self Drive to boat launch