Explore Denali National Park on one of 3 Denali Park Tours
Explore Denali National Park on one of 3 Denali Park Tours
An Introduction to Denali
92 miles long, the Denali Park Road parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. It is the only road in the park. Along its route, beautiful landscapes can be seen at every turn, and there are many opportunities to view Denali - if the normally cloudy skies permit. Wildlife can often be seen, too, though sightings are not guaranteed - they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land. During summer, roughly late May through early September, private vehicles may drive the first fifteen miles of this road, to a place called Savage River. The road to Savage River is paved, and features numerous pull-outs for folks to stop and snap some scenic photos. "The Mountain" can be seen as early as Mile 9, if the day isn't too overcast, and animals of all sorts can sometimes be seen on this stretch of road - although chances to see wildlife increase greatly with a bus trip farther down the Park Road.
The Denali Park Road parallels the Alaska Range. The park entrance, where the Denali Park Road meets Highway 3 (the "George Parks Highway") is 237 miles north of Anchorage, and 120 miles south of Fairbanks. NPS Image
For many Alaska visitors, Denali National Park is a must-see. At over six million acres of unspoiled wilderness, this Alaska treasure is unrivaled for wildlife viewing including spotting "The Big 5": brown bear, moose, caribou, wolves and Dall sheep, or glimpsing the soaring peak of Denali, the centerpiece of Denali National Park.
Choose your own park tour! Most Princess Alaska cruisetours include a tour into Denali National Park, plus Princess offers the flexibility to choose your preferred experience from three unique tour options. If your cruisetour does not include a Denali Park tour, you can reserve it separately through the Cruise Personalizer or by calling us at 800.365.1445
Park tour options include: Denali Natural History Tour, Tundra Wilderness Tour, and Kantishna Experience.
Duration: Approximately 5 hours
2020 Price: $115* per person
Fully narrated tour that focuses on the rich history of Denali National Park
Travels to the Teklanika River (Mile 30), for scenic and wildlife viewing opportunities
Stop at Savage Cabin to visit a rustic, back-country shelter used by rangers for decades
Experience an Alaskan Native Presentation at Primrose Ridge
Possible opportunity to see Denali (weather permitting)
Passengers who are interested in Denali's history, culture and nature
Passengers who have limited time in Denali and want to more thoroughly experience their lodge and/or land excursions
Passengers who prefer to have more free time in Denali
Denali Tundra Wilderness Tour
Duration: Approximately 8 1/2 hours
2020 Price: $185* per person
Comprehensive, fully narrated tour that travels deep into Denali National park (Mile 63)
In-depth information about the history of the park with plentiful wildlife and photography opportunities
Travels over Sable Pass to scenic Stony Hill Overlook
Provides opportunities to see Denali (weather permitting)
Note: The Toklat Tundra Wilderness Tour is offered in the spring (May 20-May 31 2019) when the park road is not fully accessible due to weather. The tour is 7.25 hours and travels 52 miles into the park to the Toklat River Rest stop. The 2019 and 2020 prices are $169* per person.
Passengers with 2-night stays at Denali
Passengers who want a deep Denali Park experience
Passengers who enjoy bus travel
Duration: Approximately 11-12 hours
2020 Price: $285* per person
All day tour that travels to the end of the park road (Mile 91)
This tour is guided by a certified Interpretive guide driver/naturalist
Explore the old gold mining town of Kantishna and learn about its history
Stop at the restored home of Fannie Quigley and learn about the early settlers
A National Park Service Interpretive Ranger will join the tour at Wonder Lake
Abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing
Possible opportunities to see Denali (weather permitting)
Limited space availability
Note: This tour does not operate when the park road is not fully accessible due to weather
Passengers with 2-night stays at Denali
Passengers who want to travel to the end of the park road
Passengers who enjoy bus travel
Other helpful information
*Above prices do not include a Denali National Park entrance fee which is $15 for 2019 and 2020. This fee is charged separately with TF&PE.
To change the Denali Park tour on an existing Alaska cruisetour booking, please have your Travel Agent call Princess. The price difference will be applied to your booking. Changes must be made 14 days prior to departure.
You may also choose to opt out of the tour altogether. The price will be credited to your booking.
Don't wait; availability is limited. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Not all requests can be accommodated.
Bottled water is provided on the Natural History tour. Guests may purchase a box lunch from the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge to take with them on their tour.
Box lunches and beverages are provided on the Kantishna Experience. Snack packs are provided on the Tundra Wilderness tour.
Wheelchair accessible buses are available, and all stops are wheelchair accessible.
Children under 4 years and/or 40 pounds are required to be in a child safety device (car seat) to ride on buses. Passengers must bring their own child safety device.
Tour buses are school buses and are not equipped with restrooms. Buses will stop approximately every 90 minutes for restroom breaks.
Park road is not paved after mile 15 and travels through beautiful Alaska wilderness - wildlife is not guaranteed.
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