Denali Backcountry Guides
Guided, naturalist hiking tours in Denali, Alaska
Guided Drive, Denali Park Road
New this season
Drive yourself into Denali National Park with an experienced, local naturalist guide. A once in a lifetime opportunity. Restricted in the past to bus traffic only, the Denali National Park road offers superb scenery and unmatched wildlife viewing.
Enjoy the safety and privacy of our sanitized vehicles (10 passenger vans) and the attention and narration of a professional Denali Naturalist in a pilot car by radio. Our guides have decades of experience hiking & climbing in the park and look forward to sharing information about the history, geology & wildlife of Denali National Park.
This tour will operate up to 8 hours, once daily with a flexible morning or afternoon departure time. As a small group of vehicles; minimum of one pilot vehicle and up to two following vehicles. This not a hiking tour and you will only be able to exit the vehicle at rest stops & Eielson Visitor Center. Cost $190 per adult $170 per child (0-16yrs). There is a $500 per vehicle minimum, contact us for more details.
Experience the wilderness of Alaska
We are a guiding service in the Denali Park National Park area that has been operating since 1996. In 1998 we began leading Heli-hike trips with ERA Helicopters (now TEMSCO) and have been providing that service proudly since then. Along with Heli-hike trips we offer interpretive hikes, walking tours and overnight trips that offer the best of Alaska wilderness travel. Our overnight trips are custom designed to fit travelers time frame and experience.
Our guides are among the most experienced in Alaska. Each guide has a minimum of five years guiding experience in Alaska. Combined they have guided throughout Alaska, spent decades hiking, climbing and packrafting in the Alaska Range. Our goal is to share our knowledge and love of Alaska. As career wilderness professionals, we are working to pass on wilderness skills to a new generation of guides, as well as travelers.
Choose where your adventure begins
DENALI WALKING TOUR
3 hour tour $110/person
Hiking Level: Moderate
This is our most popular trip. Meet your guide in the lobby of the local hotel. Drive times are short and group size is small (2-8 travelers).
Walking with an experienced local naturalist is really a great way to see the complicated connections of plants, animals, and people within the splendor of true wilderness in Alaska. The boreal forest in the lower elevations gives way to specialized sub arctic ecosystems like taiga and tundra. The permafrost areas and fantastic mountains are home to plants and animals highly adapted to the harsh elements. Your guide will stop frequently to explain this in depth.
DENALI WILDERNESS HIKING TOUR
5 hour tour $140/person
Hiking Level: Strenuous
This tour is for the more fit travelers. While still a narrated tour, the interpretive hike covers more ground, and explores the glacier topology in depth. The extra time on the ground gives the group a chance to see the forested area near the Nenana river, the brushy but wildlife rich sub-alpine tundra, and the gorgeous views and highly adapted vegetation of the taiga.