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 concessioner, is happy to provide these services at no additional cost.

All courtesy shuttle buses operate mid-May through mid-September.  Visit the Denali Visitor Center, Denali Bus Depot, or Riley Creek Mercantile for additional information and schedules.  Reservations/tickets are not needed for courtesy buses.

Savage River Shuttle

The Savage River Shuttle is perfect for visitors wishing to experience a short bus ride into the park. The Savage River Shuttle is free and wheelchair accessible. The bus departs regularly from the Denali Visitor Center and the Denali Bus Depot and travels to the trailheads of Mountain Vista (mile 12) and Savage River (mile 15) before returning to the park entrance areas. Walking trails, hiking, picnic spots and great views of the Outer Alaska Range await!

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.

All visitors are highly encouraged to park at the Denali Bus Depot or Denali Visitor Center and ride the Savage River Shuttle free of charge due to extremely limited parking at both Savage River and Mountain Vista.

Hiking maps are available on the park website.

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, Denali Bus Depot, Riley Creek Mercantile, Riley Creek Campground, and Horseshoe Lake Trailhead.

Dog Sled Demonstration Shuttle

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 which offer 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.