Courtesy Shuttle

Courtesy Shuttle


The following shuttles are available for the convenience of Denali’s visitors. The Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, Denali National Park & Preserve’s authorized concessionaire, is happy to provide these services at no additional cost.


Savage River Shuttle

The Savage River Shuttle is perfect for visitors wishing to experience a short bus ride into the park. The Savage River is free, wheelchair accessible and operates daily in the summer. The courtesy shuttle bus departs regularly from the Denali Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center and travels to the trailheads of Mountain Vista, mile 12 and Savage River, mile 15 - then back to park entrance areas. Walking trails, hiking, picnic spots and great views of the Outer Alaska Range awaits! 

The bus ride is approximately 45 minutes one-way to access these destinations. Riding the courtesy shuttle bus is a wonderful introduction to Denali National Park & Preserve, particularly if you don't have time for a longer trip into the park. The bus mitigates traffic and parking challenges at trailhead locations. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the 2-hour round-trip ride if they choose not to disembark.

Hiking maps are available on the park website

The Savage River Shuttle operates from mid-May through mid-September. Check with the Denali Visitor Center, Riley Creek Mercantile or the Wilderness Access Center for specific schedules during your visit.


Riley Creek Loop Shuttle

The Riley Creek Loop shuttle bus provides transportation between bus stops in the Denali National Park & Preserve front country area. It services the Denali Visitor Center Campus, Train Depot, Wilderness Access Center, Riley Creek Mercantile, Riley Creek Campground, Horseshoe Lake Trailhead, and the Murie Science and Learning Center. Information about schedules and routes can be found at Denali Visitor Center or Wilderness Access Center.


Sled Dog Demonstration Bus

Denali National Park & Preserve is the only location in the National Park System to be patrolled by dog sled in the winter months. During the summer season, the National Park Service provides Sled Dog Demonstrations, offering the visitors an opportunity to meet these incredible and unique National Park Service employees up close. For your convenience, a free shuttle is available for this program. Buses depart from Denali Visitor Center Campus bus stop no later than 40 minutes before the demonstration and will return you to the same location after the program. Many lodges provide courtesy buses to the Denali Visitor Center Campus in time for the connection to the demonstration. More information about program schedules and shuttle stop locations is available at the Denali Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center.