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Denali Outdoor Center

Mile 238.9 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Denali Outdoor Center (D.O.C.) is a full-service outfitter offering whitewater rafting, mild-water float trips, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking adventures on the boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska. We also offer lakeside nightly cabin rentals and camping at our premier location in Healy, Alaska on the shore of Otto Lake.For convenience, we have 2 office locations, one at Denali Park and the other in Healy, just 10 minutes north of the park entrance. We also provide free shuttle service to and from all local lodging, AKRR Depot, Denali Park Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center.Our operating season is from mid-May to mid-September and we are open 7 days from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Our winter hours are M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Alaska Time.
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Mile 238.9 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

We had booked the Scenic Wilderness rafting trip for Sept. Since it was late in the season, our trip was cancelled as we were the only 2 scheduled. We could not coordinate a revised date, so they refunded our money. The owner called us to...More

Thank Dawn M
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2015

Again, we want to apologize for not being able to accommodate your trip. We even checked with some of the other river outfitters to see if they had a trip available but none of them were even running that section of the river any longer....More

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Reviewed 23 September 2015

Let me start off by saying the staff was kind. Louise was very kind and had great customer service. With some bumps in the road of our overall experience with them- I will hold true to my opinion on her customer service. That being said,...More

Thank Dee5891
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2015

First, let me start with a sincere apology and a thank you for recognizing Louise's customer service. While I think your concerns are valid to a degree, we also need to recognize a few extraneous circumstances, which were not mentioned in your review. Our business...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2015

Excellent experience and affordable. Nice people and well run operation! Be sure to bring waterproof gloves! A++++More

Thank Brad E
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Thank you for the great review! Apparently, you didn't get to try our new water-proof gloves? I think we may have been sold out when you were here. When you're from FL, and you go rafting in AK in September, gloves could be a very...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We camped here overnight. Good prices, clean campground, nice people. They also offer rafting but we had to move on.

Thank Ted S
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Thanks for writing a review about the campground. Hopefully, you can make it back sometime and get out on the river.

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Reviewed 13 September 2015

Booked an oar paddle the day before for a Sat PM. Staff got us suited up and we took bus to the put-in area close by. Rapids were pretty tame due to very low water conditions. Our guide Dylan was excellent. We had boat to...More

Thank Kevin P
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Great review, thank you! Dylan is a super guide and a lot of fun on the river!! Definitely come back and give it a try on the whitewater Canyon Run with higher water. Thanks again!!!

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Reviewed 10 September 2015

We hit this place totally by accident, but it was such a good experience. We did the kayak in the lake nearby, which was so peaceful, with the glacier view.

Thank LiroYan
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Yes, thank you so much! Otto Lake is an amazing little hide-away only 10 minutes from the Denali Park entrance. We're glad you enjoyed your surprise visit!!

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Reviewed 8 September 2015

This is an adventure well worth the money. I am a cheapskate and our several hour drip down the river was a blast, the suits they give you keep you nice and dry. Guides are knowledgeable.

Thank Grant C
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Hey, thanks Grant! That's just the kind of feedback we're hoping to hear!!

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Reviewed 7 September 2015

I'm in Denali and I want to get into it! Flood was the guide on the rafting trip, (yes a raft guy named Flood, hard to forget). This guy LOVES rafting and it's contagious! Definitely go with him if possible. The river was not the...More

Thank Elitravelbug
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

You nailed it! Flood is a natural and a great guide too!! Thanks for the review and we hope you have a chance to come again!!!

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Reviewed 5 September 2015

We did the two hour white water rafting trip. It was our 9 year old grand- daughter's favorite excursion. Our guide was terrific. There were 8 of us on the raft (three children). Everyone had a wonderful time. The rapids were pretty mild so the...More

Thank yksy
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

DOC took great care of us. There were only three of us on the paddle trip today, a sunny, beautiful but quite cold day here in Denali. The dry suits kept us warm, our guide, Adam was personable and helpful and made the experience really...More

Thank rangergirl73
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2015

Thank you! We are always pleased to hear about our guide staff going the extra mile to enhance our guests experience. You were in very good hands with Adam, for sure! That's a special time of year with fresh snow on the peaks, fall colors...More

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hongjiewen
6 March 2017|
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Response from Kellie B | Reviewed this property |
No. It was more around the town. To get to the Park, you need to take a bus for a few hours. Both trips well worth it!!
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fall987
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Response from cclum | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this place did have pick up / drop service included. Our adventure started at 6:30 pm (getting our gears and riding to the Nenana River) and finished after 9:00 pm. We saw the sun starting to set. Depending where you... More
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