There is always plenty to do at Denali National Park, but Denali Park Resorts has recently added a few guided tours for visitors to consider.
The Explore Denali hikes are offered daily through the end of the season, about mid-September. They vary in intensity level and are about three hours in length to correspond with daily departures of the Alaska Railroad.
The three tours include:
Steps Through Time: It is a moderate hike through the forest led by a certified guide and naturalist. Trekkers follow the trail of frontier hunters on the way to an old hunting cabin. Cost: $45; $25 for children ages 11 to 16. It departs from the McKinley Chalet Resort lobby.
Nenana Walkabout: The tour begins with an informative presentation, followed by an easy hike with a certified guide through the spruce forest along the Nenana River. Cost: $35; $35 for children ages 11 to 16. It departs from the McKinley Chalet Resort lobby.
Highway Adventure: Guests spend more time riding than hiking on this tour, as they board a van for a three- to four-hour intimate tour along the Denali Highway to view the area’s tundra and taiga. A certified guide helps spot wildlife. The tour also includes a short hike, with a chance to look for animal tracks. Cost: $55; $45 for children ages 11 to 16. It departs from McKinley Village.
For visitors on a limited time schedule, these tours could be just right.