Welcome to Kantishna Air Taxi and Skyline Lodge

Information and updates on the 2022 season coming soon!

 

Alaska’s premier choice for scenic flights in and around
 Denali National Park

We invite you to unsurpassed views of North America’s tallest peak – Denali, the Great One – aboard one of our exclusive flight tours inside Denali National Park. Enhance your Denali air adventure with a comfortable stay at the most intimate and small-scale accommodations inside the park at our Skyline Lodge, the perfect basecamp for independent spirited travelers seeking the best in self-guided hiking, mountain biking and relaxing in the heart of Alaska’s pristine wilderness.

Whether your Denali dream vacation involves a multi-night visit at our Lodge, a comprehensive fly-drive experience including a Denali wildlife drive or an unforgettable flightseeing adventure circumnavigating the impressive peaks and massive glaciers of the Alaska Range, we have flexible tour excursions to fit any length vacation and budget. Let us show you our world!

Summer travel in the Denali area will look a bit different in 2022. The park road will be closed at mile 43 for the duration of the season, making access to the west end of the park a bit more challenging.

The good news: We’ll be operating both Kat Air and Skyline Lodge next season (with adjusted offerings and a few changes, of course)! We’ll now be a fly-in, fly-out only lodge, offering both day trips to Kantishna as well as fly-in, fly-out overnight stays at Skyline Lodge. These unique opportunities will provide a very rare chance to experience Kantishna and the heart of the park in a way that most folks won’t!

Of note: Just as the road is under construction, so is our website… so keep an eye out for some big changes coming soon! In the meantime, please contact us if you’d like to learn more about our unique fly-in, fly-out day trips to Kantishna, or if you’d like to stay at Skyline in 2022.

Piloting your way into the heart of Denali National Park

Exceptionally located at the end of the restricted-access Denali Park Road – and just 20 miles north of Denali’s stunning north face – Kantishna Air Taxi and Skyline Lodge offers premium access to the park and a unique and personalized way to experience Alaska, whether you have one hour, one day or one week to explore our favorite destination in North America. As an exclusive concessionaire of National Park Service, we are the only air operator based inside Denali National Park and Preserve. We’re proud our unique, small-scale lodge, which boasts the best value for intrepid travelers seeking a more personalized and immersive Denali encounter. Supported by solar power, thoughtful amenities and the opportunity to mingle with seasoned Alaskan pilots, a stay at Skyline Lodge offers authentic connection to Denali’s land and people…and memories you won’t soon forget!

Denali and Beyond

Distances in Alaska are vast. Maximize your vacation in Alaska – and cut travel time and unnecessary costs – by arranging customizable flight services with Kantishna Air Taxi.

We offer air taxi service throughout the state of Alaska, with a specialty serving visitors of Denali National Park through our safe and spectacular flightseeing tours. Many of our clients choose accommodations with us or at one of the four backcountry lodges located in Kantishna. Regardless of your lodging choice, you can add on on an awe-inspiring flight with us. We recommend advanced reservations and are here to help.

  • star rating  Weather was uncooperative but finally cleared for us to take the sightseeing flight from park entrance out to Denali and back. From the beginning, the whole crew were super. Matt,... read more

    Fuzi7
    September 6, 2021

    star rating  Weather was uncooperative but finally cleared for us to take the sightseeing flight from park entrance out to Denali and back. From the beginning, the whole crew were super. Matt,... read more

    Fuzi7
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  Frustrating to have traveled that far and had the road wash out and be unable to find accommodations and see the back part of the park. We were notified at... read more

    Ann Armstrong
    August 30, 2021
  • star rating  The Kantishna Air TAxi pilots were as good as they get. Weather is always a huge variable but safety comes first. The flight-seeing return trip saved us a 5 hour... read more

    Cato
    August 24, 2021

    star rating  The Kantishna Air TAxi pilots were as good as they get. Weather is always a huge variable but safety comes first. The flight-seeing return trip saved us a 5 hour... read more

    Cato
    August 1, 2021

    star rating  Expensive but ABSOLUTELY worth the cost to do a fly by Denali. We were extremely lucky to have a clear evening. The pilot was superb in navigating the... read more

    Serendib100
    July 21, 2021
  • star rating  We chose to fly back from the Kantishna Road house rather than taking the bus 6 hours back and are glad we did. We hung out at the Lodge, which... read more

    464merlot
    July 17, 2021

    star rating  We opted to fly from the Denali Backcountry Lodge to the park entrance via Kat Air. What an amazing experience! Liam was our pilot and was outstanding. He provided just... read more

    Gretchen H
    July 14, 2021

    star rating  The flight from kantishna back to the park entrance was the perfect way to end a great day. Our pilot Liam was fantastic- explaining what we were looking at... read more

    Thomas W
    July 11, 2021
  • star rating  We decided to charter a flight from Denali Backcountry Lodge to Talkeetna rather than taking the two bus rides totaling 9 hours driving time. Well worth it and the views... read more

    Kari J
    July 6, 2021

    star rating  Expensive but ABSOLUTELY worth the cost to do a fly by Denali. We were extremely lucky to have a clear evening. The pilot was superb in navigating the... read more

    Serendib100
    July 1, 2021

    star rating  We chose to fly back from the Kantishna Road house rather than taking the bus 6 hours back and are glad we did. We hung out at the Lodge, which... read more

    464merlot
    July 1, 2021
  • star rating  We opted to fly from the Denali Backcountry Lodge to the park entrance via Kat Air. What an amazing experience! Liam was our pilot and was outstanding. He provided just... read more

    Gretchen H
    July 1, 2021

    star rating  The flight from kantishna back to the park entrance was the perfect way to end a great day. Our pilot Liam was fantastic- explaining what we were looking at... read more

    Thomas W
    July 1, 2021

    star rating  We flew from Kantishna back to the park entrance after a 7 hour bus ride. This was the best decision of our trip! We saw the best of Denali... animals... read more

    JRE
    June 21, 2021
  • star rating  The views and then landing on a glacier are totally worth it! Very professional pilot and ground staff. Do it! There is no luggage rack on the hearse...

    Timothy C
    June 20, 2021

    star rating  We stayed at the Backcountry Lodge and used this service to head out. They were clear with the expectations in advance of our trip. Chris, our pilot,... read more

    ragorenflo
    June 17, 2021

    star rating  Liam took us on the flight of a lifetime! This was truly the most amazing experience & I would HIGHLY recommend taking the air taxi scenic route back from the... read more

    Susan
    June 16, 2021
  • star rating  Kantishna Air was an option to not take another six hour bus trip on same route back from roadhouse. Instead, fly and see the mountains from above and between. ... read more

    GeneT
    June 15, 2021

    star rating  We flew from Kantishna back to the park entrance after a 7 hour bus ride. This was the best decision of our trip! We saw the best of Denali... animals... read more

    JRE
    June 1, 2021

    star rating  We lucked out with the weather and our pilot Hawk. The views of Denali were breathtaking-just beyond words. We were thrilled that we chose this airline and excursion. Honestly, it... read more

    J R
    September 23, 2019
  • star rating  We took the bus into Denali National Park and stayed at The Backcountry Lodge for two nights. The bus going in was so much fun, but it was long,... read more

    DandJ90
    September 20, 2019

    star rating  We took Kantishna Air taxi out of the park after staying at the Skyline Lodge for three great nights. Would highly recommend. They are very cognizant of weather conditions and... read more

    jlbryan
    September 18, 2019

    star rating  I flew with 'Hawk', an appropriate name for a pilot. Wow! The scenery was breathtaking as you struggle to comprehend the Denali Massif. Hawk conveyed a lot... read more

    BlueRidgeTourist
    September 11, 2019
  • star rating  We made the decision to go all the way to the 92 mile marker. This is a long drive but friends had told us it was worth it. ... read more

    RickSkinnerTraveler
    September 11, 2019

    star rating  We wanted to experience the Transit bus from Denali Visitor Centre to Kantishna Roadhouse but weren't keen on the 12 hour return trip, so we booked the return flight option... read more

    cweeks2016
    August 31, 2019

    star rating  We loved our flight and our pilot. It was so beautiful to fly over Denali. We took the bus in to Kantishna and flew out.

    alaskadreamr
    August 28, 2019
  • star rating  Shawn flew us with another couple around Mt. Denali (McKinley) This was not your average flight.

    Shawn is an outgoing, informative, confident pilot. We both felt completely safe... read more

    RebeccaJohn3322
    August 27, 2019

    star rating  Hey KAT Team, Thanks for getting us back safely!

    Knowing that we couldn’t sit on a school bus (as comfy and interesting as they were) for the... read more

    PingPangPong
    August 13, 2019

    star rating  What a great way to view Denali! My husband and I took the 1 hour flight into the park, to Kantishna, and then rode the shuttle bus out. Our pilot,... read more

    TKirk310
    August 12, 2019

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