Stampede Excursions' Operations & the Coronavirus

UPDATE: MAY 12, 2020

Locally owned tour operator, Stampede Excursions, has canceled all tours and excursions for operating season 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, orders directed from United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and recent Alaskan Health Mandates

Previously choosing to remain open, CEO Jordan Heckley said, “We recognize how disappointing this is to our community and guests who booked tours and excursions for later this year. However, we cannot ignore the potential health risks that could affect our guests or staff. We considered the ethical implications and did not feel it was right to put them at risk for contracting or spreading the virus (COVID-19). This was a painful decision to make, but safety is always our first priority. We are looking forward to providing exciting experiences once this is all over.”

Stampede is now allowing visitors to book tours for the operating season of 2021. Guests will be contacted personally to update 2020 travel plans or granted credits to be used at a future date when comfortable resuming travel. Stampede encourages guests to contact them with questions or concerns. Our COVID-19 Informational web page will be kept updated going forward.

Stampede Excursions is a family-owned, Alaskan tour operator located in the heart of Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve. Stampede was founded with a mission to advance tourism within Denali and promote Interior Alaskan tourism by offering unique experiences in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. The Stampede Excursions brand expanded tour operations in Denali during 2016 and is faithfully committed to sharing the grandeur of the Denali area through diverse, year-round guest experiences. For more information, visit


UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2020

Stampede Excursions is operating its 2020 season as scheduled, and we are accepting bookings. We hope to bring you breathtaking Denali experiences; however, we understand COVID-19 has brought a great deal of uncertainty to many travelers.

As always, we operate with our guests at the forefront of our minds to ensure a safe and enjoyable Alaskan adventure. We take seriously the cleanliness of our vehicles and facilities. Our team is carefully monitoring the situation and following guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This includes implementing additional measures to ensure our methods to clean & disinfect our locations & vehicles align with the guidance and recommendations of the health authorities.

For guests that have already booked their Denali experiences with us, we are implementing a flexible change policy until April 30, 2020 for all 2020 season bookings. Stampede Excursions will be waiving all change fees for guests needing to reschedule their tours and activities during this period. If you need to make other modifications to your booking due to the virus, please read our cancellation policy here. We ask that you inform us of any cancellations as soon as possible so that we can adjust accordingly.

If you are able to, we ask that you consider rescheduling the date of your experience instead of canceling. During this difficult and uncertain time, we are happy to work with you to find a date that works or offer tour vouchers that can be redeemed in the future.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. While we work through this evolving situation, our team is available by phone Monday through Saturday from 6 am to 3 pm Alaska Time at (800) 604-5052 or via email at [email protected].

Thank you for making us part of your Alaskan adventure. Be safe and stay well!

The Stampede Excursions Team