Denali Jeep Excursions: Self Guided Tour

DENALI SELF-GUIDED JEEP SAFARI

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$199 PER JEEP

4 Hours

Denali National Park, AK

May - September

Avoid busses and crowds by taking the wheel of a Jeep Renegade to explore Denali on your terms! It’s part Jeep rental, part personal tour, and 100% fun! You choose your destination, stop when and where you want, and never feel rushed. The Denali region has one of the most majestic landscapes on Earth—Lush valleys carved during the last Ice Age, tremendous mountains that reach for the sky, glacier-fed whitewater rivers, and world-renown wildlife viewing, creating a synergy that captivates and astonishes around every twist of the road!

 

More than just a car rental, this Jeep excursion gives you the ability to get off the beaten path in a rugged vehicle designed for weather-proof safety and comfort. Our late model GPS-equipped 4×4 Jeep Renegades have 4 doors and can seat up to 5 guests. There are 3 daily departure times, each allowing 4 hours of self-guided adventure.

 

Nearby to all Denali hotels, our team provides courtesy transportation and will orient you with the vehicle and local area. You will receive a map and souvenir guide book which details the historic roadways, local attractions, and unique points of interest. There are several different routes we can suggest based on your personal interests, but you have the freedom to make your own as well! Our team of experts will share their local knowledge to make sure you make the most of your limited time in Denali!

 

Note:

  • These tours are intended to allow guests to experience seldom-visited locations and backcountry byways, but traveling off established roadways is not permitted.
  • Drivers must be 25+ years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  • A liability waiver, rental contract, and “full coverage” insurance are required.
  • Combining multiple itineraries and/or creating your itinerary is permitted.
  • Due to federal regulations by the National Park Service, vehicles on the Denali Park Road itinerary are only permitted to drive the first 15 miles of the National Park Road.

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SUGGESTED ROUTES

THE HISTORIC DENALI HIGHWAY

Voted one of the “Top 10 Drives of a Lifetime” by National Geographic (actually ranked as #2 in the world behind the drive to Key West), this mostly gravel byway is a stunningly spectacular trip. This is the historic road to Denali National Park, predating the relatively modern George Parks Highway. The mostly unpaved old route receives little travel today, but is popular for access to the wilderness during hunting season as well as adventurous travelers who wish to see unspoiled scenery, stunning views of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, and taste of Alaska’s past. Expect an 80-mile round trip.

THE DENALI NATIONAL PARK ROAD

Instead of the big bus tours, explore the park your way! Take a selfie at the park sign, explore the Denali National Park Visitor Center, tour historic buildings, venture down hiking trails, and visit the Park’s own sled dogs at the Denali kennels. Traversing the entire accessible road to the Savage River affords views of Denali (Mount McKinley) as well as frequent sightings of moose, caribou, bears, and a myriad of other critters. Expect a 40-mile round trip which allows extra time for exploring the Park’s attractions.

GEORGE PARKS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

Beyond Cantwell, the George Parks Highway reaches its highest elevation along the entire drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Often referred to as the most beautiful place on the Parks Highway, this mostly treeless tundra is surrounded by majestic mountains. This is the area where much of the movie “Into the Wild” was filmed. Explore the Jack White River or stretch your legs on the boggy tundra. Keep your camera handy—this is prime habitat for caribou, Dall sheep, and bears. Just beyond Cantwell are great views of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) to the west-southwest on clear days. This stretch of byway will get you as close to the great mountain as possible in a private vehicle. About 30 miles beyond Cantwell is an unusual man-made feature. “The Igloo” was a massive four-story hotel that was built to look like a giant igloo. Due to design issues, the project was never finished nor opened for business, but it’s a unique landmark that is famous across Alaska. Expect an 80-mile round trip.

MINING HISTORY TOUR

Driving north on the George Parks Highway winds you through the Nenana River Canyon and across the highway’s highest bridge, known by locals as the Windy Bridge. Around the town of Healy, the region’s mining history emerges. Getting its start during the early 1900’s gold rush, the town grew with the development of a coal mine to supply the Alaska Railroad and later US military bases during World War II. Just beyond Healy lies the Stampede Road, a historic mining trail once used to haul out millions of tons of gold and antimony from the Kantishna Hills. This is also the setting for the true-life novel, “Into the Wild.” Venturing down the maintained portion of the Stampede Road gains 1000 feet in elevation and allows for a view of Denali (Mount McKinley) and Eight Mile Lake. It also offers berry picking opportunities and frequent moose sightings on the open tundra. Round trip length is about 50 miles.

THE HISTORIC DENALI HIGHWAY

Voted one of the “Top 10 Drives of a Lifetime” by National Geographic (actually ranked as #2 in the world behind the drive to Key West), this mostly gravel byway is a stunningly spectacular trip. This is the historic road to Denali National Park, predating the relatively modern George Parks Highway. The mostly unpaved old route receives little travel today, but is popular for access to the wilderness during hunting season as well as adventurous travelers who wish to see unspoiled scenery, stunning views of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, and taste of Alaska’s past. Expect an 80-mile round trip.

THE DENALI NATIONAL PARK ROAD

Instead of the big bus tours, explore the park your way! Take a selfie at the park sign, explore the Denali National Park Visitor Center, tour historic buildings, venture down hiking trails, and visit the Park’s own sled dogs at the Denali kennels. Traversing the entire accessible road to the Savage River affords views of Denali (Mount McKinley) as well as frequent sightings of moose, caribou, bears, and a myriad of other critters. Expect a 40-mile round trip which allows extra time for exploring the Park’s attractions.

GEORGE PARKS NATIONAL SCENIC BYWAY

Beyond Cantwell, the George Parks Highway reaches its highest elevation along the entire drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Often referred to as the most beautiful place on the Parks Highway, this mostly treeless tundra is surrounded by majestic mountains. This is the area where much of the movie “Into the Wild” was filmed. Explore the Jack White River or stretch your legs on the boggy tundra. Keep your camera handy—this is prime habitat for caribou, Dall sheep, and bears. Just beyond Cantwell are great views of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) to the west-southwest on clear days. This stretch of byway will get you as close to the great mountain as possible in a private vehicle. About 30 miles beyond Cantwell is an unusual man-made feature. “The Igloo” was a massive four-story hotel that was built to look like a giant igloo. Due to design issues, the project was never finished nor opened for business, but it’s a unique landmark that is famous across Alaska. Expect an 80-mile round trip.

MINING HISTORY TOUR

Driving north on the George Parks Highway winds you through the Nenana River Canyon and across the highway’s highest bridge, known by locals as the Windy Bridge. Around the town of Healy, the region’s mining history emerges. Getting its start during the early 1900’s gold rush, the town grew with the development of a coal mine to supply the Alaska Railroad and later US military bases during World War II. Just beyond Healy lies the Stampede Road, a historic mining trail once used to haul out millions of tons of gold and antimony from the Kantishna Hills. This is also the setting for the true-life novel, “Into the Wild.” Venturing down the maintained portion of the Stampede Road gains 1000 feet in elevation and allows for a view of Denali (Mount McKinley) and Eight Mile Lake. It also offers berry picking opportunities and frequent moose sightings on the open tundra. Round trip length is about 50 miles.

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BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE TODAY!

Have any questions? Contact us!

+1-800-604-5052