Denali Park Day Excursion*


The Denali Park Day Excursion is the 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 and wants to enjoy the trails off the hop on hop off bus.  You will be flown in from the Denali Park entrance into Kantishna, and you'll ride the park shuttle bus (green school bus) back to the park entrance. Book with us and we include our famous Creekside lunch to-go that includes: chips, fruit, granola bar, one of our homemade baked good and your choice of sandwich on a freshly baked bun. (Specify sandwich choice and/or any dietary restrictions at check-in).  


You will be flown through the heart of Denali National Park, giving you spectacular scenic views! A 55-minute scenic fly-by, which follows the spine of the magnificent Alaska Range, traverses the expansive Muldrow Glacier and passes the stunning north face of Denali. During your 5-6 hour bus ride back to the park entrance, you'll experience Denali's landscape, flora and fauna, and while this transport is not narrated, you may have the opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife and natural habitat of this 6 million acre National Park and Preserve. 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. *The shuttle bus is not sold as a narrated tour; however it is our experience that the drivers are experienced and know/share history of the park, but no guarantees. If learning the natural history is important to you we recommend the Denali Backcountry Adventure or the Tundra Wilderness tour. Space is limited to 15 seats per day, so book early and the tour must be prepaid.

  • Time: Flight departs 12pm from McKinley Air Strip at park entrance 
  • Rates: 55 minute direct flight tour in/shuttle bus out $350 pp (includes flight, bus ticket and hearty lunch to-go)
  • Cessna 206 aircraft.  Each aircraft has 6 seats, 1 pilot and 5 passengers. Minimum of 3 passengers must be booked for the trip, increased pricing may apply or flight may be cancelled if 3 passengers are not booked. 

Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior to the flight date for a refund less $40 fee, all flights are weather dependent and refunds given accordingly.

Trip Summary: You will catch your flight into Kantishna from the park entrance at noon, where you will enjoy a narrated flight tour of the park, landing in Kantishna around 1pm. Enjoy a picnic lunch or short hike before you catch your shuttle bus at the end of the park road in beautiful Skyline Lodge. You will need to catch one of the following shuttle buses back to the park entrance.

Approx. Shuttle schedule (confirm exact times and pick up location with friendly staff at Skyline Lodge): 
Depart Kantishna /Arrive at Park Entrance

  • 1:30 pm /7:45 pm
  • 2:05 pm / 7:15 pm
  • 2:15 pm / 8:30 pm
  • 6:05 pm / 11:15 pm