To connect people of all backgrounds with the grandeur of the outdoors through guest centric activities and experiences
We strive to make sure that your tours are as stress-free as possible. To do this, we offer transportation to and from hotels in the Denali National Park area. We stand out from other operators because we offer personalized service, pay close attention to details, and have the highest safety standards. Our whole team works hard to give our guests the experience of a lifetime.
Meet our guides
Jordan Heckley - Founder, CEO
Jordan is the founder of Healy, Alaska based Stampede Excursions. Drawing on his many years of experience in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries, Jordan desired to create guest focused experiences in the Denali National Park region. He serves as a board member for the Denali Chamber of Commerce and Alaska State Chamber of Commerce where he is a strong advocate for locally-owned small businesses and community engagement. Jordan grew up in Northern California and completed his Bachelor degree in Business in Texas. He now resides in Alaska and takes great pride in giving back the community by volunteering on the fire department as a Firefighter/EMT. In his off-time, he can often be found exploring with Chief Recreation Officer Brody.
Travis Jones - General Manager
Born in Northern California, Travis is a professional in the seasonal hospitality and tourism industry. Having lived and worked in fourteen states over the course of his career, he came to Alaska two years ago to work for just one summer and is now in his second winter as a local year-round resident. Travis is a Certified Hospitality Supervisor by the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute and also serves as Events Coordinator for the Denali Chamber of Commerce. He loves to travel, even just within Alaska, and when not guiding Aurora Quest Tours in the winter, or supervising the busy summer season he can be found exploring glaciers, the Arctic Circle, Kenai Peninsula, or new locations around the world.
Brody Troy - Chief Recreational Officer
Brody is an Alaskan Malamute and Labrador mix who calls Alaska home. As the Chief Recreation Officer, he is tasked with making sure the entire team has fun. A job he takes very seriously. Brody enjoys being outdoors and going on long adventures through the woods. He has never met a new friend he doesn’t like. Brody takes every chance he gets to go on car rides and loves to just cuddle up by the fire. A graduate of K9 Kindergarten, Brody took time away from formal schooling to spend more time with his friends.
Why choose us?
Over A Decade Of Travel Experience
Our number one priority is giving our guests an amazing experience. From humble beginnings in 2011, Stampede Excursions has been shaking up Alaska's local tour operator industry. We started with one leased airplane, then advanced to an FAA certificated, Alaska-based, part 135 air taxi, and grew to become the premier tour company focused on our guest's experience. Our knowledgeable local guides lead small group tours by air, land, and water to give you the complete Alaska experience.
High Safety Standards
We have always prioritized the cleanliness and safety of our vehicles and facilities. Our team has implemented additional measures to ensure that our methods for cleaning and disinfecting our facilities and vehicles adhere to the guidelines and recommendations of health authorities. Our team has successfully completed CPR and First Aid training.
Our guides are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and well-versed in Alaska's history and culture. To make the tour more enjoyable and interesting, they will entertain you with narratives about the trails and the surrounding areas.
We make sure that our tours, whether they are on land, water, or in the air, are tailored to your ideal excursion. If you are unable to locate what it is that you are searching for on our website, our Team is delighted to help you.
A slice of paradise Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Denali National Park is one of the world's largest and most famous national parks. It has the tallest peak in North America, Denali standing at 20,320 ft. It is a must-see for visitors to Alaska. Seeing the tallest mountain in North America and exploring the rugged backcountry of Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. Denali has it all: wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and great moments. Hiking trails, helicopter rides, exploring National Geographic Traveler's #2 Drive of a Lifetime the Denali Highway in a Jeep, experiencing the Northern Lights, and riding the vintage, iconic Alaska Railroad are just a few of the many activities available.
Frequently asked questions
All tours require payment in full at time of booking. Unless otherwise specified in product-specific terms and conditions, you may cancel or change your reservation up to 7 days prior and receive a full refund, minus an administrative fee. Cancellations or changes received within 7 days of departure are non-refundable. We strongly recommend travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances that may cause last-minute cancellations. If you made your reservation through a 3rd party travel service, Stampede Excursions may not be able to assist in your modification. Changes and cancellations to 3rd party reservations must be requested by the 3rd party. If you are on a cruise ship, the onboard Shore Excursion Office cannot assist with refunds/adjustments. For assistance with cancellations, please call Stampede Excursions at 1-800-604-5052, or for last-minute cancellations, contact the local number on your tour voucher. All refunds will be issued to the original form of payment.
In the event of trip cancellation or delay, Stampede Excursions and its partners are not responsible for additional expenses incurred by guests, such as but not limited to, penalties incurred through the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets, passport/visa fees, or other travel expenses.
Unless otherwise specified in product-specific terms and conditions, an administrative fee of 25% of the total booking cost including taxes and fees applies to all cancellations. For changes, an administrative fee of $25 per guest for land-based tours and $50 per guest for flight tours apply, unless otherwise specified in product-specific terms and conditions.
For the courtesy and safety of all our guests, the use of tobacco products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, “spit tobacco,” or e-cigarettes, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in vehicles, on tours, or on Stampede Excursions property.
We use a variety of booking statuses to help provide the highest level of service. One booking status we use is Pending. When an order is received that requires additional review or manual resource allocation. Fear not, our Tour Experts are working to get everything in order for your arrival and we will follow up via email or text if we encounter a situation that needs additional information. In this state, your booking is in the process of final confirmation and you may not modify or cancel the order. It may be fully confirmed at any point up to the day of your tour. If you have any questions about the status of your booking, reach out to our team via email or send us a text!
We use a variety of booking statuses to help provide the highest level of service. One booking status we use is Waitlist. Your booking may be marked "Waitlist" when you have been waitlisted for a specific tour time. This can occur for numerous reasons. The most common is there are not enough spaces available on the selected tour time for your group. Another time this can happen is when taking advantage of our Denali Aurora Quest standby policy. There are other situations that may encounter the waitlist status as well. If you are on the waitlist due to space constraints, your booking may be confirmed at any point. If it is confirmed you will receive an email notifying you that the order is now confirmed. If you have any questions about the status of your booking or wish to be removed from the waitlist, reach out to our team via email or send us a text!
For all flights, children requiring a car seat must ride in a Federal Aviation Administration approved car seat.
While on our shuttle vans and all landbased tours, please refer to the Alaska State Car Seat and Seatbelt Laws. For the safety of our guests, no child will be transported without the required car seat. Our policy on guest minimum age can be found by clicking here.