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Denali Outdoor Center
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Canyon Run Whitewater Rafting in Denali National Park
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Owner description: 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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Washington, Louisiana
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4 reviews
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“very nice”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

this place is nice and the workers are very helpfull. They have info of other things you can do while you are there

Visited June 2014
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review, 12 November 2014
Thank you for writing a review. Denali Outdoor Center believes in providing the best possible customer service for visitors to the Denali area. We are always more than happy to help inquiries about the area or the state of Alaska. We are glad to hear that you had a positive experience with our staff.
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Blacktown, Australia
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“Fantastic rafting experience”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

As a first time rafter I was a bit nervous about going out but these guys are great. Outfitted in dry suits you get a good safety brief before the guide does an amazing job getting you wet but keeping you safe. Had a ball.

Visited June 2014
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review, 12 November 2014
We appreciate your review and it's always nice to know we introduced another "river rat" to the joys of whitewater rafting. We probably spoiled you with a "drysuit" since most rafting companies don't use anything for thermal protection, maybe a wetsuit, but only if it's really cold.
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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“Great rafting experience”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

In Alaska it is possible to go rafting at 9.30 pm in broad daylight, which we did. The Denali Outdoor Centre kitted us out in dry-suits over our warm clothing, as the water was glacial. Will, our guide, was excellent with his boat skills as well as his witty comments. The 2 hour trip was great. I would thoroughly recommend this for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Visited June 2014
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review, 12 November 2014
Thank you for your great review. 2014 was the first season for Will with Denali Outdoor Center and he did an excellent job. It's always good to hear positive feedback about our guides. It really is amazing how the "midnight sun" allows us the opportunity to go rafting, kayaking and mountain biking into the wee hours of the Alaska night-time.
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“Excellent Rafting trip on Scenic Wilderness Tour”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

My family of 8 went on the 3-hour scenic wilderness tour with Denali Outdoor Center and had a great time. Since there are 8 of us (ages 7 to 70+) we had our own raft. Due to the ages of my children, Scenic Wilderness Oar tour was the only one that will allow the 8 of us to be together.
Actual river time is about 2 hours with some class 2 rapids and 2 class 3s. My kids had a blast even though the water was cold.
Our guide was knowledgeable and kept it fun and safe. Photograph was $29 each which I did not buy because 1 family member's head was hidden behind someone else. I brought my own waterproof camera and took plenty of pictures though.
The scenery was very pretty along Nenana river and the run was fun and enjoyable.

Visited June 2014
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review, 12 November 2014
The Scenic Wilderness trip at Denali Outdoor Center is a fantastic opportunity for families with multiple generations to have a shared adventure in Alaska. Our guides receive training in local natural history and can provide interesting interpretation on geology, flora, fauna and human history. We're glad you enjoyed your trip and thank you for your input.
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Great day getting wet”
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

This is absolutely a first class operation where your safety comes first. You can paddle or ride with an oarsman - your choice. Flood (that's his name) was informative, entertaining and an all around fun guide. He knew the river and gave us the ride we asked for - wet and wild. Don't worry about getting wet as you wear a dry suit that does its job. This is a must do adventure if you want to experience a gorgeous river up close and personal.

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review, 12 November 2014
It sounds like you had a fun day on the river. The Nenana River offers exciting whitewater and Denali Outdoor Center has the best possible guides, like Flood, who are professional and love what they do. There's nothing that compares to the thermal protection of a drysuit and they make having fun on a glacial river in Alaska a reality. Thanks for your review!
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