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Note: An ongoing landslide at Pretty Rocks is impacting bus service. In 2022, buses will travel no further than Mile 43 of the 92-mile long Denali Park Road.

Explanation of Narrated Tour Buses

Unlike transit buses, which are not narrated, tour buses feature a trained naturalist who both drives the bus and narrates during the trip.

Tour bus trips begin and end at various locations around the entrance of the park—they do not pick up at campgrounds along the Denali Park Road, and they are not set up for passengers to disembark and re-board. Transit buses are a better option for passengers who want to get off the bus to hike, picnic, etc.

Normally, there are a few different bus tours from which to choose. All tours are conducted by certified driver-naturalists who will provide a guided, informative trip into the park. Tour buses are tan-colored, to help them stand out from a distance. Descriptions of each tour are below.

Reservations and Prices

Reservations for bus trips are made through our bus concessionaire, Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture. You can buy tour bus tickets online or call 1-800-622-7275.

The National Park Service does not operate any of these tours. Questions concerning departure times, ticket refunds, etc., should be directed to Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, the concessionaire who operates these tours.

Note: The adult prices below do include the park entrance fee, which is added to the normal ticket price. If you have an entrance pass already (e.g., a Senior Pass), learn how to get your entrance fee refunded.
Tour Name Dates Adult (16 and older) Children (15 and younger)
Natural History Tour May 12–September 15, 2022 $104.00 $44.50
Tundra Wilderness Tour May 20—September 15, 2022 $128.00 $56.50
Kantishna Experience Unavailable in 2022 $240.75 $113.00

Schedules

Bus departures vary each day, based on demand. There is therefore no fixed daily schedule. Contact the bus company to learn more about bus schedules.

 

Descriptions of Tours

  • Offered: mid-May—mid-September
  • Duration: 4.5 to 5 hours (round-trip, inclusive of all stops)

Focusing on the rich natural and cultural history of the park, this 4 ½ to 5-hour tour travels to Primrose Ridge (Mile 17).


Several interpretive stops enhance the experience, with an hour of off-bus experience. Beginning with a stop at the Denali Bus Depot, learn about the creation of the Denali Park Road with the film “Across Time and Tundra.” Next, visit the historic Savage Cabin to learn how the cabin was once used, and how it continues to be used today. Finally, stop at Primrose Ridge to experience a memorable Alaska Native presentation that will enlighten you with how the land has been used for nearly 10,000 years!

Your driver/naturalist will provide a great introduction to the landscape, geology, and history of Denali National Park.

  • Offered: May 20—mid-September
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hours (round-trip, inclusive of all stops)

Variations of this tour have been in existence since 1923, with the first concessioner offering bus trips as far as the road extended at that time.


In 2022, the Tundra Wilderness Tour is a 5–5.5 hour excursion into the park with a certified driver-naturalist. This tour will guide you along the spectacular road corridor, promising different experiences every day, as Denali’s wildlife moves at its own pace and according to the seasons. Travel to the Murie Cabin near the East Fork River (Mile 43) to experience where Adolf Murie lived while conducting his famous research inside what was then known as Mount McKinley National Park!

Wheelchair accessible buses are available, and all stops are wheelchair accessible. The schedule each day is able to flex depending on demand, so there is no fixed, daily schedule. Contact the tour bus company for more details.

Not offered in 2022
Duration: 11 to 12 hours (round-trip, inclusive of all stops)

Follow the trail of pioneer Fannie Quigley to the old gold town of Kantishna on this all-day adventure to the end of the Park Road. Your driver is a Certified Interpretive Guide and a National Park Service interpretive ranger joins you roughly halfway through your journey on this immersive experience. You will spend time in Kantishna learning about its interesting history and role in Interior Alaska.

This trip lasts 11 to 12 hours, traveling the entire 92 mile road and back over the course of the day.

The Kantishna Experience includes a lunch, snack and beverages. There are two daily departures. The tours pick up from area hotels in the early morning and depart from the Denali Bus Depot at 6:15 am and 7:30 am. They return roughly twelve hours later, and are a unique experience in the park that you don't want to miss! Specific hotel pick-up times are available from the bus company.

Some walking is involved.
 

Last updated: December 4, 2021

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