Half Day Narrated Tour Choices
If you want to explore the park road with informative narration and in the comfort of an upgraded motor coach but don't plan to spend a full day in the park these two tours are excellent options to consider.
Both the Natural History Tour (4-5 hours) and the Tundra Wilderness Tour (6-7 hours) have departures in the morning and afternoon. Both tours make frequent stops for wildlife and breath-taking views.
Tundra Wilderness Tour - Narrated
June 1- September 15, 2017 / 6-8 hour tour
May 20-31st / 4-5 hour tour-a shortened verison of the TWT tour is offered at a discounted rate $166pp
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 inhabitants await!
While we can’t promise or predict when wildlife will show, the Tundra Wilderness Tour allows plenty of opportunity to look for Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves and grizzly bears. 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! Since the DVD is created following your fabulous adventure; it will be mailed to your home.
Rates: $192 Adults / $87 Kids (12 & under/car seats required for young children-no lap babies).
- AM Tour Depart at 6:40 - 7:10 am from the Wilderness Access Center
- PM Tours Depart at 1:20 - 1:40 pm from the Wilderness Access Center
Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior, less a $25pp cancellation fee, within 30 days non-refundable
The tour provides a small snack box included in the price. The vendor recommends purchasing a lunch as there are no food services in the park. Lunches to-go are available at the Creekside Cafe and can be ordered the evening before. We can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Please remember that you must pick up your tickets the night before for the printed departure time at the Wilderness Access Center (WAC). We will give directions at check in.
All tours will depart from the Wilderness Access Center.
Denali Natural History Tour - Narrated
The Denali Natural History Tour may not travel as far as some other tours do into Denali National Park—but in some ways, it goes deeper, giving you a vivid look at the history and culture of this pristine wilderness. If you don’t need a full-day tour, but want an enriching experience, this is a great choice.
The 4- to 5-hour tour, led by a driver/naturalist, takes you to Mile 30 of the Park Road (private cars can’t go past Mile 14). It begins at the Wilderness Access Center, where you’ll see the award-winning film “Across Time and Tundra,” which tells of the creation of Mt. McKinley National Park in 1924. Next, you’ll climb Government Hill—look off to your left and you'll see an expansive view that includes part of the Yanert Valley.
After Mile 3, you begin to enter the wilderness. This is taiga forest—and although no wildlife viewings are ever guaranteed— this is prime moose habitat, and moose may be seen anywhere on this stretch of road. Watch for a flash of sun glinting off antlers, or moose nibbling fresh willow leaves along the road.
You might also see foxes on this section of road, trotting along. Watch for caribou above treeline. The Great one—Mt. McKinley—often comes into view at about Mile 9, if weather is cooperating.
At Mile 12, you’ll visit Savage Cabin, the original cook’s cabin in the Park’s first tourist camp, and still a ranger patrol cabin used by the Park Service. At Mile 17, you’ll see a presentation by an Athabascan Alaskan Native interpreter, sharing the story of Alaskan Natives in Denali, and how they survived thousands of years in this harsh wilderness.
Rates: $120 Adults / $51 Kids (12 & under/car seats required for young children-no lap babies).
- AM Tour Depart at 7:20 am from the Wilderness Access Center
- Afternoon Tours Depart at 2:00 pm from the Wilderness Access Center
Cancellation Policy: 30+ days prior, less a $25pp cancellation fee, within 30 days non-refundable.
Please remember that you must pick up your tickets the night before for the printed departure time. Pick up Tickets at the Wilderness Access Center (WAC) -we will give you directions at check in.
Tours will depart from the Wilderness Access Center.