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. 

LIMITED AVAILABILITY. PLEASE CALL (907) 683-2277 TO CONFIRM AVAILABLITY AND BOOK!

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.

Fly back to Park Entrance in the afternoon
Fly back to Park Entrance in the afternoon

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Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at Skyline Lodge before hopping on the shuttle
Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at Skyline Lodge before hopping on the shuttle

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Fly back to Park Entrance in the afternoon
Fly back to Park Entrance in the afternoon

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Denali Backcountry Adventure
Denali Backcountry Adventure

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KAT air

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Denali Backcountry Adventure
Denali Backcountry Adventure

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tundra wilderness tour 

The only narrated half-day trip

Tundra Wilderness Tour
Tundra Wilderness Tour

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Tundra Wilderness Tour
Tundra Wilderness Tour

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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

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: 8+ days prior, less a $25pp cancellation fee, within 8 days non-refundable. Tours will depart from the Wilderness Access Center. Departure time given at check –in.

park shuttle adventure

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

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Bus-Denali-National-Park

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visitor center caribou rack
visitor center caribou rack

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visitor center

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Park Service Shuttle buses provide an inexpensive alternative to narrated tours. For 2021 beginning June 1st all buses will travel to Eielson, Mile 66. Guests are still able to hop on hop off and can catch a shuttle back at any stops along the way but must purchase for an Eielson ticket. Click here for more information about the Eielson Visitor Center 

 

We highly recommend ordering our hearty Park Lunch To-Go as there are no food services within the park. Book yours online or order at check-in with the front desk. 

If you are travelling to Wonder Lake or Kantishna the only option is on a narrated tour on an upgraded motor coach, we highly recommend the Denali Backcountry Adventure. The park transit 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: Departs daily at 6 AM and then shuttles run about every hour

Rates:

  • Toklat (53 miles) - $50 / Kiddos 15 and under free  (5/20-5/31) 

  • Eielson (66 miles) -$60 / Kiddos 15 and under free (6/1-9/12)

 

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. Transit buses to Kantishna and Wonder Lake will not be offered in 2021. 

Cancellation Policy: 8+ days prior, less a $6.50 pp cancellation fee, within 8 days non-refundable. Tours will depart from the Wilderness Access Center. 

private vehicle access to Teklanika 

limited availability, exclusive access for 2021

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Only for 2021! Permits will be available to Mile 30 of the park road for private vehicles. 

This is a unique summer opportunity to take in Denali’s scenery from a private vehicle and watch for wildlife, big and small, along the way. Visitors may pause to watch wildlife from their vehicle but must follow wildlife viewing rules and the terms of the permit for duration of time at a viewing stop. Plan for two hours of drive-time round trip. Travel is on a two-lane winding, gravel road. 

Permits will be available beginning 4/20 and can be booked on recreation.gov.

All permits must be booked in advance and must be booked directly. Space is limited for this once in a life-time opportunity to view the beauty and expanse of Denali National Park from the comfort of your own vehicle.