Whether you prefer to hike on an ice age glacier, skim the wilderness in a "bush" plane or take a dog sled ride, you'll find plenty of options to experience the Alaska you've always dreamed about. No matter what your interest, you're sure to find some adventures tailor-made for you.
McKinley Creekside Cabins offers a FREE tour booking for ALL visitors to Denali National Park. The knowledge and first hand experience of McKinley Creekside Cabin's staff will help you decide how to get the most out of your trip to Denali. They recommend that you plan 2-3 days in Denali Park to enjoy all the park has to offer and it's distance to and from other destinations.
Kayak Tour: IK’s (inflatable kayaks) are easy to learn, durable, lightweight, forgiving and high performance whitewater boats. First-time kayakers as well as those with experience can have fun paddling in class II & III rapids with guidance, instruction and support from a knowledgeable and professional guide. A moderate level of physical fitness is strongly recommended. Dry suits are provided. Rate: $89.00 per person (Ages 12+); Times: 8am and 1:30pm; Duration: 4 hours; Experience Level: Adventurous Beginner to Experienced.
Jet boat Wilderness Safari Tour: Denali River Safaris invite travelers to visit the "REAL ALASKA". This family run business and their "staff" of friends and family showcase and share their world with you. They are dog mushers, trappers, gold miners, craftsmen, and hunting guides. This experience takes travelers by jet boat miles into the wilderness to the camp where these locals make their living. Once at camp they will demonstrate the activities that keep them busy in this magnificent place. Duration: Approximately 2 ½ hours; Rate: Adult-$119/Child (11 & under) -$79; Times: 8am, 10pm, 2pm, & 6pm.
Backcountry and Hiking: Alaska has some of the most incredible scenery found in the United States. Enjoy all Alaska has to offer and get out and experience it for yourself. Explore the amazing trail system that snakes through most major communities, Alaska has a trail for all abilities – from accessible nature paths to physically challenging mountain hikes. Cyclists, joggers and walkers will discover endless possibilities at their feet.
DENALI WILDERNESS ADVENTURES:
ATV Adventure Riding: McKinley Creekside Cabins offers a FREE tour booking for ALL visitors to Denali National Park. It their goal to make booking "Denali" easy. The knowledge and first hand experience of their on-site staff will help you decide how to get the most out of your trip to Denali. They recommend that you plan 2-3 days in Denali Park to enjoy all the park has to offer and it's distance to and from other destinations. Length: 4 hours from pick-up to drop-off; Approx. 20 miles round trip; Times: 9:30 & 5:30 pm.
Traveling along old coal mine and ATV trails, your adventure begins with two breathtaking 360° overlooks that provide views of the northern flanks of the Alaska Range, Mt. Healy, Otto Lake and the surrounding Healy Valley. Wildlife are often sighted along the way. Then ride down to the creek bed, where you spend time splashing through the water (weather dependent). Tours depart daily. Length: 2 1/2 hours from pick-up to drop-off; Approx. 10 miles round trip. Times: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm,5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Stampede Trail “Into the Wild” Adventure : Go “Into the Wild” traveling far down the same rugged trail as 24-year old Chris McCandless, subject of the best-selling book and movie. This unforgettable adventure goes much farther than any other tour in the area, stopping just a couple of miles from the fast-flowing Teklanika River that prevented McCandless from returning alive. Also, this tour provides you with a fascinating discussion of McCandless’ fatal journey, numerous viewpoints of McKinley, wildlife viewing and a memorable campfire meal. Length: 4 hours from pick-up to drop-off; Approx. 20 miles round trip. Times: 9:30 & 5:30 pm
Midnight Sun Adventure: Looking for something truly Alaskan? Here you go! Travel to two breathtaking overlooks to view the unique and memorable Midnight Sun as it creates a rainbow of sunset colors. Wildlife is often sighted along the way. After a snack and hot chocolate, you then ride down to the creek bed where you spend about 15-20 minutes splashing through the water (weather dependent). Tour offered May 30 - July 12 only.lLength: 2 1/2 hours from pick-up to drop-off. Approx. 10 miles round trip.
Denali Ridge Adventure: Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts with the time and desire to get deep into the Alaskan bush surrounding Denali National Park. Lasting about 4 hours, this adventure consists of a wide variety of trail conditions including stream crossings, boggy marshes, bouncy tree-root rutted trails and steep hill-climbing. Wildlife sightings are likely. This tour includes a snack and beverage. Note: Tour availability is weather and trail dependent. Length: 4 1/2 hours from pick-up to drop-off; Approx. 18 miles round trip; Times: 9 am (may not be offered every day).
Black Diamond ATV Treasure Hunt: Take a trip into the wilds of Alaska with your personal private guide. Experience a fantastic adventure back in the wilderness hunting Alaskan treasure! Feel exhilarated while working together to find hidden views, secret sights, quarts and granite rocks, coal, and much more. Leave a treasure in the geocache and pick one out for yourself to take home. Join your guide on a very personal tour of the Alaskan Wilderness. This adventure has spectacular scenery and you are in control of your own journey. Stop whenever you want, take pictures of the beautiful scenery, experience Alaska as it was meant to be, rough and wild! The ultimate back country exploration tour awaits!
Mountain Bike Tours: This guided tour offers a relatively remote Alaskan experience with a view of Mt. McKinley on a clear day. Spectacular views of mountains, valleys and lakes will inspire riders while biking near Denali National Park. The guide will support and interpret while allowing guests the freedom to explore independently. This is a moderate ride for those with basic skills and reasonable fitness. Age 10+; Van shuttle, mountain bike, helmet, and water bottle are all inclusive.
KANTISHNA AIR TAXI: You will be taken on a journey through the gently rising terrain, past numerous kettle ponds, upward to the base of Denali (Mt. McKinley). The 60-minute flight provides fantastic views of the enormous glaciers, towering granite walls and snow-covered peaks that enshrine North America’s greatest mountain. If weather conditions allow, you will circumnavigate the entire massif.
Golfing: In the Midnight Sun-Rugged 9-Hole Golf : The Black Diamond Golf course offers a unique golfing experience high in the mountains of Alaska next to a serene mountain lake. Wildlife abounds at this rugged links-like 9-hole golf course. Enjoy a relaxing environment, fresh mountain air and spectacular panoramic scenery.
Denali Kids Camp - This is the perfect option for young adventurers who might need a break from the hustle and bustle of the traditional tours in the Denali area. Black Diamond offers a perfect option for children to explore, experience, and enjoy Denali while the parents are off experiencing one of the above tours or simply having a relaxing meal in the Creekside Cafe. With an abundance of activities available, all who participate will have a wonderful, customized experience. From hiking, bird watching, tracking animals, or learning to swing a golf club, to picking Alaskan berries, feeding and brushing a draft horse, finding quartz rocks, and having a snack at our grill the many activities available are sure to engage and inspire fun. All food and beverages are included in the above price. $20 per Child / Ages 4-14; 3 Hour Tour; Pick Up Times: 7:30 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 8 PM, 10 PM.