One of the best ways to absorb the grandeur of Denali National Park is to see it from the air. A number of flightseeing companies provide that unique service. Contact them individually for details of their tours.
Operating in the Denali area since 1970, Denali Air departs from a private airstrip just south of the park entrance. The air tour in six- or eight-passenger twin engine planes is narrated, and every seat is a window seat. See www.denaliair.com.
Denali Summit Flights
Two longtime Alaska businesses partner to make this tour of Denali happen. They are Northern Alaska Tour Company and Warbelows Air. Pilot/guides provide first-hand knowledge and history of what you see from your window seat. See www.denalisummitflight.com.
This longtime Denali aviation business will provide flightseeing and landing on a glacier inside Denali National Park. The trip happens in a deHavilland Turbo Beaver that seats up to eight passengers, each with a window seat. The pilot is also the tour guide, who narrates throughout the tour. See www.flydenali.com.
Kantishna Air Taxi
This longtime local company is based in Kantishna, very close to The Mountain. Pilots/guides provide up-close views of Denali, streaming glaciers and the spectacular landscape of Denali National Park. Choose a flight tour that suits your schedule and climb aboard a Cessna 206, which seats five passengers and one pilot. See www.katair.com/flightseeing
Experienced Bush pilots/guides provide an up close look at Denali, formerly Mount McKinley, and surrounding wilderness landscape. Ninety-minute tours return along the Stampede Trail, with a fly-over of the bus, made famous by the book/movie Into The Wild. See www.stampedeaviation.com.
Flightseeing by helicopter is the option with this company. The tour includes about 35 minutes of flight time through the eastern wilds of Denali National Park. Keep an eye out for wildlife and for The Mountain in the distance. See www.temscoair.com.
On the ground
If you prefer to stay grounded, try these tours. You can act as your own driver and get up close to wilderness, very near to Denali National Park.
Denali ATV Adventures
Get out and ride! That is what this company encourages its guests to do. Four different all-terrain vehicle tours are offered, including two specialty tours. One of those happens late at night, when the midnight sun is still shining. See www.denaliatv.com.
Black Diamond ATV Tours
These special tours through Black Diamond Resort offer a unique way to see the backcountry adjacent to Denali National Park. One tour even includes backcountry dining. See www.blackdiamondtourco.com.
Denali Highway Jeep Excursions
If you seek a little more comfort in an on-the-ground tour, this may be the tour for you. It’s a drive-your-own jeep tour in a caravan down the Denali Highway, which boasts some of the most spectacular views of any road in the state. The tour travels more than 100 miles in about four hours. The Denali Highway is located about 30 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park. See www.denalijeep.com.
Denali Backcountry Safari
This off-road safari travels along the Stampede Trail, a road carved out by early miners. There’s lots of bumps, mud and off-road adventure. Your guide shares history of the area along the way. See www.DenaliBackcountrySafari.com.
A self-guided jeep tour can help you explore the park road, the nearby Denali Highway, Broad Pass or a mining history route near Healy.
Or choose a rugged six-wheel drive Army truck through backcountry of the Stampede Trail.
An ATV adventure is also available. For all options see www.stampede excursions.com.