May 15 - September 15, 2014
The Denali Natural History Tour operates and focuses on presenting the rich cultural and natural history of Denali National Park and Preserve. Throughout the tour, your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology and history of Denali National Park and Preserve.
Your tour will begin at the Wilderness Access Center, providing you the opportunity to view “Across Time and Tundra,” a film that will take you back to the creation of Mt. McKinley National Park and the beginnings of the Park Road. You’ll have the opportunity to view sites from the film as their tour progresses throughout the day.
Twelve miles along your adventure, you’ll visit Savage Cabin, an historic cabin that’s played a valuable role in Denali National Park and Preserve for the National Park Service and visitors alike since its construction in 1924. As the original cook’s cabin for Savage Camp, the first tourist camp in Mt. McKinley National Park and as a ranger patrol cabin used by the National Park Service to this day, Savage Cabin speaks to years of intrepid travelers in Denali.
After viewing a presentation by an Athabascan Alaskan Native interpreter, your tour will turn around at Primrose Ridge, at mile 17. Your interpreter will bring you into the story of Alaskan Natives in Denali, the hardships of thousands of years of survival in this harsh wilderness and the promise kept by a land of such wealth. This is a rare opportunity for visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve to take a glimpse into a history that has shaped the land as it is today.
- Duration is 4.5 - 5 hours; 17 miles one-way.
- Morning or afternoon departures from area hotels
- The morning tour departs between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM
- The afternoon tour departs between 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM, allowing you to arrive on the train from Fairbanks or coach and take a tour the same day
- Please note: Exact departure times are not guaranteed and are based on availability - it is possible to be ticketed for any time during the departure windows
- Light snack and beverage provided.
- Tour makes several stops for breaks.
- Bring your camera, extra film or memory cards and binoculars.
- If you’re traveling with children, please take a moment to review the Alaska Car Seat Laws.
- Tour buses do not load at campgrounds.
- See our Firearm policy.
Prices include $10 Park Entry Fee (Adults Only)
Advanced Reservations Highly Recommended
Changing or Canceling a Bus Tour: There is a $4.00 fee per ticket to change or cancel a reservation eight (8) or more days prior to arrival. All changes or cancellations made within seven (7) days of arrival are non-refundable.