The Denali Park Day Excursion is the best Alaska wilderness day-trip to experience Denali National Park from both the air and the ground. This trip is also the best value for the economical, independent traveler who is flexible with time. KAT will fly you from the Denali Park entrance into Kantishna, and you’ll ride the park concessionaire’s shuttle bus back to the entrance. If you haven’t procured Kantishna lodging, this is an excellent option for Denali sightseeing in this beautiful, remote region of Denali National Park.
Kantishna Air Taxi’s flight takes you through the heart of Denali National Park, giving you spectacular scenic views! Choose the 35-minute direct flight or the 55-minute scenic fly-by, which follows the spine of the magnificent Alaska Range, traverses the expansive Muldrow Glacier and passes the stunning north face of Mt. McKinley. During your 5-6 hour bus ride back to the park entrance, you’ll experience Denali’s landscape, flora and fauna, and while this transport is not narrated, you may have the opportunity to view and photograph the wildlife and natural habitat of this 6 million acre National Park and Preserve. Please be aware that many of the guests on these shuttles have already made the 6-hour journey to Kantishna, so stops may be less frequent on the way back to the park entrance. Call ahead for availability, and reservations are taken up until, and including, the tour date. Due to demand, scheduling and weather considerations, parties may be split or combined as needed.
Choose one of the following adventure options:
- Direct flight with 2 passengers, or 3 or more passenger scenic fly-by included if 3-5 passengers: $290*/person ($305 with lunch), includes air transportation, bus ticket, and Park entrance fee. * includes excise taxes and fees.
- 2 passenger scenic fly-by: $385*/person ($400 with lunch), includes air transportation, bus ticket, and Park entrance fee. Two person minimum. * includes excise taxes and fees.
You may request a to-go lunch for $15/person. Includes a delicious sandwich or wrap, a piece of fruit, a baked item and/or granola bar, and chips. All dietary needs must be made in advance! Vegetarians/vegans accommodated with pleasure. Due to remoteness and availability, some items may vary, but the quality and quantity never will. Bring water, lunch, snacks, a warm layer, rain gear, camera (extra batteries), binoculars, etc. There are limited services available in Kantishna and NO SERVICES other than rest stops once you are on the bus.
Pilot gratuity (tips) are not included and are appreciated.
All bus tickets are purchased through Kantishna Air Taxi and are included in the package price. You do not need to contact Park Service. All seats are first-come-first-serve on a space available basis. If the bus is full, you simply wait for the next bus.
Flight departure times for Denali Park Day Excursion:
|Depart Park Entrance||Arrive Kantishna|
|Direct Flight (35 min.)||12:00pm||12:35pm|
|Scenic Fly-by (55 min.)||12:00pm||12:55pm|
Bus schedule estimate for Denali Park Day Excursion:
|Depart Kantishna||Arrive Park Entrance|
|2:00pm, 2:35pm||7:15pm, 8:25pm|
Times are approximate and change throughout the season. Please check the NPS schedule at for exact departure times for your travel date.
If you would like to bus in and fly out instead, make bus reservations with the National Park Service’s concessionaire, 1-800-622-7275, and check our Denali Depot Express flights for rates from Kantishna.