Denali National Park tours 

Let the knowledgeable and passionate hospitality professionals at McKinley Creekside Cabins help you find the perfect tour for you and your family.  Whether you're looking for an all day or half - day, narrated or non-narrated tour, you can even motor one way and fly out the other! We have great options for you to explore Denali National park.

Denali backcountry adventure  

The best all day park tour - Travel in comfort on a motor coach on this fully narrated park tour, includes lunch at Denali Backcountry Lodge. 

Hop on board a private motor coach bus and experience 92 miles of breathtaking Alaskan beauty and adventure. This fully narrated park tour travels the entire length of the Park road with knowledgeable Guide/Drivers which share the biology, geology, and history of the region with you. Have your cameras ready to capture majestic Denali- Athabascan for “The Great One” or “The High One” and other pristine landscapes. View bears, caribou, fox, moose, wolves, sheep and birds in their natural habitat.

 

Spend a couple of hours and enjoy lunch at an exclusive resort in Kantishna, just past Wonder Lake, the jewel of Denali. There you will discover a piece of Alaska's gold rush history, and the warm hospitality of the staff as you enjoy a tasty soup and sandwich served in the dining area. After lunch you'll be invited to try your luck at panning for gold in Moose Creek, or if you prefer, you can stretch your legs on the nature hike or just relax on the deck of the lodge and immerse yourself in the scenery.

  • Option #1- Round trip motor coach $214 pp-13 hrs. *This is a great tour for those that want to spend a full day in the park, see Wonder Lake and Kantishna while learning all the natural history of the park.

  • Option #2 (Creekside's Favorite!) - Motor in/Fly out. Add a 55-minute flight seeing tour back to the park entrance for $335 pp total cost $549 pp. *This is a great tour for those that want to see the entire park by land and air while learning all the natural history of the park. Includes transportation, park fees, flight, lunch and activity.

 

For 2021 season all buses are running at 50% capacity. Masks are encouraged but not required. Click here for more details on their safety practices. 

Cancellation Policy: *In light of Corona Virus all tours can be cancelled up to 72hours prior to departure at no penalty. We highly encourage you to still book your space on tours early as space is limited.

The Denali Park Day Excursion is the most budget friendly and best Alaska wilderness day-trip to experience Denali National Park from both the air and the ground for the independent traveler who is flexible with time.

 

You will be flown through the heart of Denali National Park, giving you spectacular scenic views into Kantishna, and you'll ride the park shuttle back to the park entrance. During your ride back on the shuttle bus to the park entrance, you'll experience Denali's landscape, flora and fauna, and while this transport is not narrated you have the opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife and natural habitat .

 

Please be aware that many of the guests on these shuttles have already made the 6-hour journey to Kantishna, so stops may be less frequent on the way back to the park entrance.

Cessna 206 aircraft, has 6 seats, 1 pilot + 5.

 

Rate: $350pp-55-minute scenic flight tour in/shuttle bus out and lunch

Includes: Flight, bus ticket and hearty lunch to-go

Flight Time: 12 pm departs from the McKinley Airstrip at the park entrance.

For 2021 season all buses are running at 50% capacity. Masks are required for all passengers. Click here for more details on their safety practices. 

Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior to the flight date for a refund of air fare less $40pp cancellation fee, within 30 days non refundable. All flights are weather dependent, and refunded accordingly.

tundra wilderness tour 

The only narrated half-day trip

This trip combines the park shuttle bus to Kantishna with a 55 min. scenic flightseeing tour back to the park entrance.

 

Trip departs the park entrance between 7:45am-8:30am, arriving in Kantishna 1:45pm-2:30pm, flight departs Kantishna 3pm.

Cessna 206 aircraft. Each aircraft has 6 seats, 1 pilot and 5 passengers.

 

Depart on Bus Time: 7:45 am  Rate: $424

Flight Time: Approx. 3pm

*You will have round trip shuttle transportation, as all flights are weather dependent, refunds for flight given accordingly.  

Space is limited so book early and the tour must be prepaid.

Package includes:  shuttle ticket, lunch and 55 min. flight tour.

*Kantishna Day Shuttle You will need to pick up your bus tickets and pay your park entrance fee 30+ minutes prior to your departure time or the day before departure from the WAC/Denali Bus Depot.

Our front desk will take your lunch order and provide directions, details and a voucher at check-in.

 

For 2021 season all buses are running at 50% capacity. Masks are required for all passengers. Click here for more details on their safety practices. 

Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior to the flight date for a refund of air fare less $40pp cancellation fee within 30 days non-refundable. All flights are weather dependent, and refunds given accordingly.

We offer to book Tundra Wilderness Tour Tickets as a convenience for our guests. Price includes shuttle ticket, lunch, and a 13.5% convenience fee which covers credit card processing fees and the service. To book your tickets directly you can visit Reserve Denali 

park shuttle adventure

Explore the park on a budget on the non-narrated shuttle buses!

Traveling 62 miles into Denali National Park to Stony Hill Overlook, the Tundra Wilderness Tour (TWT) offers a wonderful and diverse experience for park visitors. Incredible scenery, a narrated history and some of the best opportunities to view the park’s wildlife in habitants await!

 

On days when Denali (meaning “the high one” or “the great one”) is visible, the tour bus travels to Stony Hill Overlook for an amazing view of Denali from base to summit. When your tour driver is able, he/she will take video footage of animals along Park Road and project these images onto drop-down video screens, featured only on their specially-designed tour buses. This way you can get a close-up look at the roadside action. At the end of the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a “Tundra Wilderness Tour” DVD, which will feature some of the video footage shot from your tour! 

 

Rates: Adult $184 / $84 Children (no lap children-car seats required for young children) Beginning June 1st. *May 13th-31st A Shortened Tour is a available for $160/ $71.50 Children

Times: 6:40 –7:10 AM, 1:40-2:10 PM

Duration: 7-8 hours (5-6 hours 5/13-5/31)

For 2021 season all buses are running at 50% capacity. Masks are required for all passengers. Click here for more details on their safety practices. 

Payment/Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior, less a $25pp cancellation fee, within 30 days non-refundable. Tours will depart from the Wilderness Access Center. Departure time given at check –in.

We offer to book Adventure shuttle Tour Tickets as a convenience for our guests. Price includes shuttle ticket, lunch, and a 13.5% convenience fee which covers credit card processing fees and the service. To book your shuttle directly visit Reserve Denali 

Park Service Shuttle buses provide an inexpensive alternative to narrated tours. Book with us and rates include: shuttle ticket and a hearty lunch.

There are 4 options depending on how far into the park you want to go.

If you are travelling to Wonder Lake or Kantishna we recommend a narrated tour on an upgraded motor coach. The buses are all hop on, hop off so you can explore the park at your own pace. Though not sold as a narrated tour, our experience is the park service bus drivers are knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Times: 6:30, 10:30 am, 2 pm (departure times are an estimate, You will need to pick up your bus tickets and pay your park entrance fee 30+ minutes prior to your departure time or the day before from the Denali Bus Depot. Our front desk will take your lunch order and provide directions, details and a voucher at check-in.)

Rates:

  • Toklat (53 miles) - $53.50 / Kiddos 15 under $15

  • Eielson (66 miles) -$64.50 / Kiddos 15 under $15

  • Wonder Lake (85 miles) - $83 / Kiddos 15 under $15

  • Kantishna (92 miles) - $89 / Kiddos 15 under $15

 

For 2021 season all buses are running at 50% capacity. Masks are required for all passengers. Click here for more details on their safety practices. 

Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior, less a $25pp cancellation fee, within 30 days non-refundable. Space is limited so book early

denali park day excursion

ideal for the independent traveler, you fly into the park at noon and motor out

kantishna day shuttle and flight-seeing tour

bus in to see more wildlife in the morning!

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Tundra Wilderness Tour

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