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Denali Natural History Tour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing tour with extremely knowledgeable driver/guide. Many stops on route....some unscheduled due to bears on road or moose sightings. Close your eyes in some places if afraid of heights. Would recommend this tour.....Fabulous experience....and yes...we 're in the 10%...we saw the top of Denali.

Thank Colin J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've done both this tour and the longer one, and this is something of the "long tour light" with a couple of "interpretive" stops. If you do have the time, I highly recommend the longer tour, but this is a great alternative for those that have a shorter schedule but still want to get deeper into the park than a private car is allowed.

The park is beautiful, and we went enough into it to get a sense of the depth and breadth of terrain. Our driver/guide (Jen) was funny, personable, knowledgeable, and very passionate about the park. She also happened to be a very good driver--very safe, yet willing to stop for wildlife viewing. If we ever go back, I'd be thrilled if we happened to have her as the driver again.

The interpretive stops were nicely spaced out to give us all a chance to stretch our legs, use the restroom, and learn a bit more about the history of the park and those that have lived in that area for millennia. To be honest, they aren't much more than dressed up rest stops, but that's a good deal better than just a rest stop!

On wildlife and Denali: please manage your expectations when taking this or any other nature tour. Wildlife is . . . wild. Wild animals do not come just because you happen to be in the park. While chances are pretty good that you will see -something-, you most likely will not see -everything-. The same goes for seeing Denali, which only is visible about 1/3 of the time. Enjoy what you do have around you, which is a lot, rather than dwelling on what is not. Denali National Park and the area around it is one of the most stunning in the world, if you are willing to see it.

Thank Doak P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our bus driver was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Our stops were also educational. Just traveling the various terrains covered during the ride were impressive. Our stop at the Cabin with the interpreter was interrupted by the monstrous mosquitoes! The largest ones I've ever seen! Our last stop was with a local Athabascan, Shawn, who gave some background on the ancient civilizations and some input on life now.. He had a friendly approach that everyone enjoyed.

Thank St_Nick61
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

If you are not sure about doing an all day bus tour, then this is your option. Let me say that being a retired elementary school teacher, riding on something that looks like a school bus is never something I look forward to doing. These buses are set up with a two seat configuration instead of the three seat bench on a regular bus. The ride is not bad, but when both of you have on your cold weather gear it is a bit tight. The bus driver narrates as you drive along. Ours answered random questions that people shouted out, stopped when we saw something, lingered longer at some places, and on the return trip did more driving than stopping or talking. He was responsible and took his job seriously. We saw sheep, moose, caribou, small birds, and more moose. This tour has two stops that count as restroom breaks and for a speaker to share information. One is from the inland native tribe and spoke about the family history and beliefs of his ancestors. The other speaker spoke at one of the original cook cabins from the original road building around 90 years ago. Those two historical points form the basis for being at Denali so if you are interested in that I would combine this tour and also do the sled dog demonstration. We did receive a bottle of water on the way back and a nice book on Denali. There are no restrooms on the bus. The two stops are spaced out over the five hour tour to give about a 90 minute span between breaks.

1  Thank NTSU1975
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

The tour guide was great, stopped when we saw animals, gave good narration, and ensured the expectation of the park were followed. There are two stops along the way-one where there is a cabin built when the road was being constructed with a short living history presentation and another with a native Tlinget who gave a presentation on how bones and other materials were used before modernization. There are restrooms at both stops.

The busses went up in groups which adds the advantage of more eyes looking for wildlife. They do communicate so if the bus in front sees something, they all slow down to view wildlife. We are both veterinary professionals and many tours really dumb down their narration-we didn't feel this way with most of what we heard, so Kudos to our guide who is a wildlife biologist.

Please be respectful of the soundscape in Denali and keep your noise level down (except as instructed on trails so as to not surprise aggressive wildlife like bear and moose).

The price is fair for this tour. I've paid more for less. Just realize you are in a wilderness area and nothing is guaranteed. I will say that we were hoping for an early opening and that the longer tours would be available, but this was really good for what we paid for.

Thank 343cindyr
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