In Denali National Park
Many activities are available nearby, including various ranger-led activities within or near Denali National Park. Possibilities include ranger-led talks, guided hikes, sled dog demonstrations and the Northern Lights theater with presentations on the Aurora Borealis. The National Park entrance also features a variety of gift shops and items of local interest.
Nearby, Outside the Park
Other activities include white water rafting, scenic river floats, kayaking on rivers or lakes (lessons available), flightseeing—fixed wing or helicopter tours—and many hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Take a horseback tour, rent a bicycle (you can take your bike on a shuttle bus into the park and then ride out on your own), go on a backcountry ATV adventure or 4-wheel drive tour into the wild, take a covered wagon ride, go golfing, or head out fly fishing for Arctic Grayling or Rainbow Trout. You’ll also find that abundant photo opportunities, and wildlife and wildflower viewing are just a short distance from your doorstep!
Please dress warmly and wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. It is best to dress in layers so you can add or remove clothing as needed: even in mid-summer, we can have overnight lows near freezing, and a daytime temperature in the 80s (F) with the sun overhead. In mid-June, the sun sets at approximately 12:30 a.m., and rises at approximately 3:30 a.m., in mid-July the sun sets at midnight and rises at 4:15 a.m., and in mid-August, the sun sets at about 10:00 p.m. and rises at 5:45 a.m., which gives you plenty of daylight for your outdoor activities.
Nearby Tour Companies
Below are a few of the tour and adventure companies we recommend. We are also happy to offer other suggestions. Ask us for our recommendations on these and other activities in the area.
Denali Outdoor Center
Denali Outdoor Center is a full service outfitter for visitors to Denali National Park, Alaska, specializing in whitewater rafting, kayaking and mountain biking adventures. Friends and families will have the opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders and beauty of this spectacular destination for all ages and abilities.
Denali Horseback Tours
The outside of a horse is great for the inside of a man!
Denali Horseback Tours is a small family owned and operated business located in Healy, Alaska, just few minutes from Denali National Park entrance. They offer shorter backcountry trail rides as well as custom overnight horseback pack trips. 2- and 3-hour tours are the most popular ones but you can choose a half day or a full day ride instead. No horse experience necessary; suitable for most ages and abilities.
Denali ATV Adventures
Denali’s Must-Do Outdoor Adventure!
Choose between 2.5- and 4.5-hour tours, or combination rafting and ATV tour packages.
Denali Flightseeing Tours
Fasten your seatbelts and prepare to be awed. This is Flightseeing. Experience Alaska’s breathtaking beauty from the air. There is no better way to discover the vast expanses of Alaska’s natural beauty.
Experience Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range with a flightseeing tour. Fly Denali offers flightseeing tours and air taxi services from Talkeetna and Denali National Park, and glacier landings on one of the massive glaciers in the heart of Mt McKinley’s wilderness.
Black Diamond Tour Company
Black Diamond offers unique Alaskan custom tours, great for the entire family, including covered wagon rides, ATV adventures, horseback tours, and an Alaskan taiga golf course. They also offer guided backcountry treasure hunts, and an Alaskan Tundra-themed mini-golf course.