Tour Information

Tour Information


Denali National Park Tour Information

Tour Turnaround Round Trip Adult Child* 2021 Operational Dates
Tundra Wilderness Tour Mile 62, Stony Hill Overlook 7-8 Hours $162.50 $73.75 June 1 - September 16
Toklat Tundra Wilderness Tour Mile 53, Toklat River 7-8 Hours $140.75 $63.00 May 20 - May 31
Teklanika Tundra Wilderness Tour Mile 30, Teklanika Rest Area 4 Hours $84.50 $34.75 May 15 - May 19
Denali Natural History Tour Mile 25, Teklanika Flats 4.5-5 Hours $101.75 $43.50 Not offered at this time
Eielson Excursion Mile 66, Eielson Visitor Center 8-9 Hours $171.25 $78.25 Not offered at this time
Kantishna Experience Mile 92, Kantishna - End of the Road 13 Hours $240.75 $113.00 Not offered at this time
*A child ticket is for anyone 15 years of age and under.

All passengers, regardless of age, must have a ticket to board the bus.  For those traveling with younger children, please review the Alaska Car Seat Laws:

  • Children younger than 1 year of age or less than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) must be in a rear-facing infant seat.
  • Children 1 to 4 years old and at least 20 pounds (9 kilograms) must be in a child restraint.
  • Children 4 to 7 years old and are less than 57 inches (1.4 meters) tall or less than 65 pounds (30 kilograms) must be in a booster seat. Booster seats are no longer required for children ages 5-7 once they reach 57 inches (1.4 meters) tall or weigh 65+ pounds (30 kilograms).

Parents are responsible for providing the appropriate car seat.

Entrance Fees:  All adult tickets include a $15 per adult entrance fee required to enter the park. This fee is automatically included in all adult tour ticket prices listed above. Visitors with a valid National Park Service pass may request a refund at the Denali Bus Depot.  Refunds are processed on an in-person basis only.  For more information please visit https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

Cancellations/Changes:  There is a $6.50 fee per ticket and per tour to change or cancel a reservation up to eight (8) days prior to departure.  Tickets are nonrefundable within eight (8) days of departure.

For independent travelers:  It is preferred that all parties traveling together book under one reservation to prevent being split across multiple buses.  If this is not possible, please ensure parties traveling together provide notes with each reservation - including the last names of all parties traveling together.

Departure Times:  The departure times for Tundra Wilderness Tours and the Denali Natural History Tour change daily.  Tours depart in the morning and in the early afternoon.  When booking, visitors must select a morning or afternoon departure and a pick-up location.  Morning departures are generally between 5:00am and 11:00am while afternoon departures are generally between 12:30pm and 3:30pm. 

Loading Information:  Pick-up locations are at various hotels in the Denali area and the Denali Bus Depot located inside of the National Park.  If you are unsure where you will be staying, select the Denali Bus Depot as your pick-up location and plan to meet your bus there.

Please note the generic departure time provided on your Tundra Wilderness Tour or Denali National History Tour confirmation paperwork (5:00am for morning departures and 1:30pm for afternoon departures) are likely placeholders only.  Visitors must call the Denali Bus Depot (907-683-9274) or Riley Creek Mercantile (907-683-9241) inside of 48 hours prior to departure in order to receive their pick-up time.

Pick-up times are the same as departure times!  Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your pick-up time to avoid missing your bus.

What to bring: Bring warm clothes and rain gear, camera, binoculars, and personal medication as necessary.  Depending on your length of tour, visitors may also want to bring additional food and water.  No food or water is available for purchase once the tour is underway.

Restrooms:  Restroom stops occur every 60-90 minutes.  There are no restrooms aboard the buses.

Wheelchair Accessibility:  Wheelchair accessible buses are only available upon request when you make your reservation.  Wheelchair buses are for those passengers who are fully confined to a wheelchair.  Please make a reservation via phone (800-622-7275) and inform the reservation agent of the wheelchair bus need.  For those visitors who are not confined to a wheelchair and can go up and down the stairs of a bus, but are unable to walk longer distances, courtesy wheelchairs are available at every stop for your convenience.  All stops are wheelchair accessible.

Smoking:  Smoking is not permitted aboard any bus.  Receptacles are provided at rest areas in designated smoking areas.

Alcohol:  Alcohol consumption is not permitted aboard any bus.

Firearms:  A passenger/visitor may not possess a firearm on board a Tour Bus.  These include the Tundra Wilderness Tours, Denali Natural History Tour, Eielson Excursion and Kantishna Experience buses.

For more information about firearms in Denali National Park & Preserve, visit the National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/dena/learn/management/firearms.htm.