You and a small group of fellow adventurers will take a rugged 4-wheel drive safari on a phenomenal off-road journey into Denali's backcountry.
The adventure begins at Denali National Park where you meet your driver-guide and head deep into the Alaskan bush with a destination of the Stampede Trail. This forgotten road that can't be found on any map was carved out of the wilderness by the early miners of the Kantishna region while seeking gold and antimony. The Stampede Trail gained notoriety in 1996 from the best-selling novel "Into The Wild" by Jon Krakauer, and subsequently, from the critically acclaimed motion picture directed by Sean Penn. This is the very same trail that Christopher McCandless, subject of the book and movie, took to enter the wilds of Alaska.
The first few miles are paved, but beyond this point, your guide will take you along a very primitive trail in the heart of the Alaskan rainforest, with plenty of bumps, mud, and off-road 4x4 adventure. Allowing ample time to view and explore the open tundra, your tour guide will explain the area's rich history and be sure to point out any interesting sights along the way. And on a clear day, you may have the opportunity to see Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley) from a viewpoint along the trail.
Be prepared for wildlife sightings -- this is prime habitat for moose, caribou, bears, and foxes, as well as a multitude of smaller critters. So don't forget your camera! Deep in the backcountry, you'll enjoy a hearty Alaskan snack before winding your way back to civilization with exciting stories and photos to share.
Inclusions: Breakfast or lunch, dependent on the time of the tour.
Please note: Transportation provided from most area hotels (Aspen Haus Bed and Breakfast, Cabins at Denali, Carlo Creek Lodge, Crow's Nest Cabins, Denali Bluffs Hotel, Denali Cabins, Denali Dome Home Bed and Breakfast, Denali Faith Hill Lodge, Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, Denali Lake View Inn, Denali National Park Wilderness Access Center, Denali Park Hotel, Denali Park Village, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, Denali RV Park and Motel, Denali Touch of Wilderness B&B, EarthSong Lodge, Grande Denali Lodge, McKinley Chalet Resort, Miners Market Gas Station, Nord Haven Motel, Totem Inn, White Moose Lodge).
Duration: 3.5 hours (Round trip transportation from hotel.)
- Roundtrip transportation from the listed hotel
- Breakfast/lunch depending on the time of tour
Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 30 minutes - 1 hour pick up from hotel
- 1 hour and 45 minutes - safari
- 45 minutes - at a pavilion for a food break
- This tour meets at your hotel. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is limited mobility accessible. With limited assistance, guests must be able to step into and out of the vehicle. There is space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.
Will we get to see Mount Denali?
There are many places on the trail that provide views of Denali, assuming the clouds allow for the views.
Do you have vegetarian options?
Yes! Please let us know ahead of time in the comments section during checkout so that we can accommodate you.
Are there child prices?
Child prices are less expensive than the adult price.
What type of vehicles are used on the trail?
We have several vehicles that are used on the trail. We typically operate military vehicles such as the Pinzgauer 712, and the Jeep CJ-10A. We also have fully enclosed 4x4 vans for times when weather conditions require.
What is the history of the trail?
This trail is a historic mining trail established in the early 1900’s supporting area gold and antimony mines. Recently it has been made famous by the book and movie Into the Wild.
What animals will I see?
On this tour, it is possible to see bears, caribou, foxes, moose, and many other animals.
Do you go as far as the "Magic" Bus 142?
Due to the trail conditions and river crossings, we are unable to reach the famous bus. Our tours end just east of the Savage River.
Will I be back in time to catch my train?
Our tour times are designed to ensure guests are able to make it to the train with plenty of time prior to departure. Make sure to advise your shuttle driver of your train departure upon pick up.
Not seeing answers to your questions?
Check out other frequently asked questions here!