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Things To Do In Denali

Healy Alaska has a host of fun activities for any sort of interest. Surrounded by the stunning vistas of Alaska, and close to Denali National Park, visitors staying at Denali Touch of Wilderness will find a variety of day trips which will make memories for a lifetime. From visiting the mushing dogs of Alaska to taking a flightseeing tour to see the vistas by plane or rafting down the rapids, a visit to our area is never dull. And, our B&B will be there to welcome you back to the comforts of home after your adventures. 

Due to the remoteness of Denali there are not options for public transportation. It is essential that you are able to get yourself around. The best option is renting a car. is a great option to find cars. 

Explore some of the points of interest near Healy Alaska and the Denali Touch of Wilderness, including Denali National Park, Nenana's Historic Train Depot, Fairbanks, AK, and even see the Northern Lights if your timing is just right.

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Visiting The Park

Denali is the highest mountain peak in the United States and North America with an elevation of 20,320 feet above sea level. It is home to a variety of wild animals, large and small, and one gravel road. Visitors from all over the world come to see this mountain located in Denali National Park & Preserve. "Denali" is an Athabascan name, meaning "The Great One" or "The High One." 

Denali Park Road is 92 miles long. Visitors are able to drive their personal vehicles 15 miles in to Savage River. From there, the road is gravel and limited to bus service only.

For more information visit the Denali National Park and Preserve website.

Located 0.75 miles inside Denali National Park & Preserve on the Park Road, the Denali Bus Depot is the departure point for all shuttle buses as well as for tour passengers ticketed to depart from there.

Doyon/Aramark Reservations: 800.622.7275
Nationwide: 907.272.7275
International: 907.264.4684
Fax: 907.264.4684

Tickets are also available, by walk-in, at the Denali National Park visitor center beginning two days before the travel date. In order to receive a refund for walk-in reservations, cancellations must be made at least 2 hours prior to the bus departure.


ATV Adventures

Alaskan Into the Wild ATV Adventures See a part of Denali that you can't see from inside a bus. Four unique guided adventures with tour times throughout the day. Single and double ATVs are available. This is a fun adventure for all ages. For more information call(907) 683-4288 or (909) 978-2094 (cell). Or go to the website.

Black Diamond Adventures Resort

Black Diamond Adventures is a small family owned Alaskan business located in the heart of Alaska that has been in business since 1995. They offer great custom tours for the entire family and would love to have you join them for some fun in the midnight sun state. They pride themselves on making your experience unique and personal.


You can't come to Alaska without getting your line wet. Denali Fly Fishing Guides offers a variety of guided fishing trips from late May to early September. Denali Fly Fishing Guides specializes in Arctic grayling, the sailfish of the North. The North flowing Nenana River drainage on the doorstep of our Cantwell office offers bountiful natural grayling stocks. They can also have natural rainbow trout stocks in the South flowing drainages. Trip options include full and half day grayling catch and release, jet boat fly fishing, and scenic float trips. All Gear, Flies, Rain Jackets and hip waders are included. Pick up from any of the park area hotels.

Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis is actually the glow of solar particles blown into the earth’s magnetic field more than 60 miles above the earth’s surface at speeds up to 35,000 miles per hour. The streams of charged solar particles surge and bulge along bends in the earth’s magnetic field. As they strike atoms in the earth’s atmosphere, they create greenish-yellow, faint blue, or even blood red curtains of color. Alaska is the best place to see the Northern Lights, especially in Feb/March and late September to October, because the Earth's orbit is in a zone of maximum solar activity during these months. In addition, those months provide dark skies and mild temperatures. The Northern Lights are most active late at night or early in the morning. Check out the University of Alaska's aurora forecast. Also since we are so close to Fairbanks—you can take a day trip and still get to see the Northern Lights—in the form of a show that provides a panoramic slide photography display of the Northern Lights on a 30-foot screen set to music and photography by LeRoy Zimmerman called The Crown of Light. Then you can tell your family - "I got to see the Northern Lights!" The Northern Lights: one of those "must see," bucket list experiences...


Denali raft Adventures INC. specializes in whitewater rafting. Friends and families will have the opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders and beauty of this spectacular destination with some of the best available adventures for all ages and abilities near Alaska's crown jewel, Denali National Park. We especially love the Canyon Whitewater Run 2 Hour Adventure (Class III & IV rapids) and McKinley Scenic Run 2 Hour Oar Raft Trip. Ask us for more information, we'd be happy to help you learn more!


Come and experience the adventure of a lifetime. Snowmobile in the Alaskan Interior. Your guide Coke Wallace will take you to the most exciting trek into Alaska's wild country. Make sure to check out the current snow report. Then when you're done, come and warm yourself in front of our fireplaces, unwind, and get ready for the next day's adventures...

World Ice Art Championships

The actual event is February 14 - March 31. 30th year of the largest annual ice art competitions and exhibitions worldwide. 70 teams from all over the world, attract more than 100 ice artists and approximately 45,000 visitors from Alaska and all over the world. If you plan a trip in March of 2019 you can have the treat of a day trip to Fairbanks for the annual "World Ice Art Championships." Do you want to be dazzled? Then this is the time to do it. We are only a two-hour drive away from Fairbanks. If you fly into the Fairbanks International Airport, then you can see the competition at the start of your trip or on the end as you fly back out. Then you can catch several amazing adventures: Denali, Northern Lights, Snowmobiling, Mushing, Cross-country Skiing and this!
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Flight Seeing Tours

Our flightseeing and air taxi partners offer the most extensive flightseeing tours of Denali and Denali National Park. Enjoy the experience of viewing the grandeur of the Alaska Range and its glaciers up close and personal.

Experienced, professional Alaskan pilot-guides will add to your enjoyment as they narrate your flight with an interesting history, geology, and local lore. Your intercom allows you to talk to your pilot and other passengers, and everyone gets a window seat! Glacier landings and heli-hiking opportunities are also available.

The most extensive tour of McKinley available anywhere. Includes a complete tour of McKinley's glaciers and surrounding peaks plus the added excitement of going right over the top! 1.3 hour flight time.

Both tours are exclusive offerings from the Denali National Park entrance area. Tour time is 2.5 hours, including 1.8 hours flight time plus 30 minutes on the glacier.

(M-1) Denali Excursion: 2 hours (50 min)

Enjoy an aerial view of Denali National Park. This 50-minute tour takes you along the spine of the Alaska Range, through unexplored towering peaks and massive glaciers with Denali looming on the horizon. (This tour does not go directly to Denali. It does, however, get within 15 miles.)

(M-3) Heli-Hiking Adventure: 5 hours (240 min)

Experience the backcountry with a professional naturalist guide. A short flight will leave you and your guide in the Yanert Valley to explore for approximately 3.5 hours. Customized to the group's ability.

(M-4) Glacier "landing" Expedition: 2.5 hours (75 min)

Explore the beautiful Yanert Valley, located at the base of Mt. Deborah. Just east of Denali Park, view cascading icefalls and the Polychrome Mountain Range. Highlight your tour with a 20-minute landing on the Yanert Glacier. Glacier boots provided. For more information go to their website at:

Denali Park Day Excursion (Fly/Drive) Experience Denali Park from the air and the ground. The flight takes you through the heart of Denali Park, giving you a spectacular scenic view. Choose Direct Flight or the Scenic Flyby, which includes flying you to the North face of Denali, traversing the expansive Muldrow Glacier and following the spine of the magnificent Alaska Range.

Option #1
Direct Flight: 35 - minute flight

Scenic Flyby: 55-minute flight Scenic Flight from Kantishna & North FaceLodge

Park Tours

Travel in comfort, to the beautiful Kantishna Historical District. View the Wonders of Nature and the Wildlife that make it their home. Enjoy a full hot lunch and guided activities. Stretch your legs and relax or choose from a free dog mushing demonstration or an interpretive program.

For more information click HERE.

These tours don't offer discounts that I can pass on to my guests, but most everyone takes a bus tour into the park. All I can do is give you the information to help you make your decisions. Go to the Denali park page. Click on Fees and Reservations: This page will tell you about the park fees and Park Passes. At the bottom of the page, you will find links to park bus fees. Click on the Bus Fees and that will show you the Shuttle Bus Fees, their destinations and fees, and the Tour Bus Fees (which are narrated and more comfortable bus) their destinations and fees. Please keep in mind that there is only 1 road into the park and all tours travel the same road.

Tours are determined by distances into the park.

Make reservations online, by fax, or by phone: 1-800-622-7275. All of that information is on the park site.

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Wildlife Viewing

The moose is a symbol of life in Alaska. It is the largest member of the deer family. Moose are long-legged and heavy bodied with a drooping nose, a "bell" or dewlap under the chin, and a small tail. Newborns weigh 28-35 lbs and w/in five months grow over 300 lbs. Males in prime condition weigh 1,000 to 1,600 lbs. Only bulls (males) have antlers and can stand over 7 feet at the shoulder. Rarely do moose live longer than 16 yrs. A cow (female) moose defends her newborn calf vigorously.

More people hunt moose than any other of Alaska's big game species. Hunting season is during autumn and winter. Moose outnumber bears nearly three to one in Alaska.

Moose attacks spike in September and October during mating season and early spring when mothers are protecting their young calves. If you notice their hair raised, head down and ears back or licking its lips, that's your cue to hightail it in the opposite direction, running in a zig-zag formation.

Moose are taller than a horse, heavier than a bear, and faster than a kangaroo, running up to 35 miles per hour. While moose are generally perceived to be less dangerous than bears, more people are actually injured each year in Alaska by moose than bears. Alaska has the highest rate of moose-vehicle collisions in the world. There are "white" moose... 1 in 100,000 moose has the albino trait, which is recessive.

Alaska is bear country. Here in the interior, you can find both black bears and brown bears. Black bears are 5 feet long; males can range from 150-400 lbs, and females from 125-250lbs. They are brown to black in color with a white patch on the front of the chest.

Alaska is also home to North American Brown Bears, also known as the grizzly bear. Grizzly bears are 7-9 feet long, with males weighing in at 400-1,100 lbs and females from 200-600 lbs. They have lifespans up to 30 years with a normal lifespan being 20-25 yrs. Grizzly bears are more aggressive than black bears. Most bears are by nature shy and prefer to avoid people.

Caribou are part of the reindeer family. Both sexes grow antlers, but males have larger antlers. Reindeer are thought to be the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light.

Caribou have large, concave hoofs that spread widely to support the animal in snow and soft tundra. Adult bulls average 350-400 pounds, while mature females average 175-225 pounds. Bears and wolfs are their predators. Fun Fact: There are more caribou than people in Alaska.

Dall Sheep inhabit the mountain ranges of Alaska. These white creatures are most notable for the males' massive curled horns. Females (known as ewes) also carry horns, but theirs are shorter and more slender and only slightly curved. Until rams reach the age of 3 years, they tend to resemble the ewes quite a bit. After that, continued horn growth makes the males easily recognizable. Horns grow steadily during the spring, summer, and early fall. In late fall or winter, horn growth slows and eventually ceases.

Dall rams as old as 16 years have been seen, and ewes have been known to reach 19 years of age. Generally, however, a 12-year-old sheep is considered quite old. They can grow up to 300 pounds. Their predators are wolves, coyotes, and golden eagles.

Also known as the grey wolf or the timber wolf. Alaska is home to an estimated 7,000 to 11,000 wolves. Wolves have never been threatened or endangered in Alaska; although there was some speculation in a recent article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that there is now cause for concern.

Most adult male wolves in interior Alaska weigh from 85 to 115 pounds, but they occasionally reach 145 pounds. Females average 10 to 15 pounds lighter than males and rarely weigh more than 110 pounds. Wolves reach adult size by about 1 year of age.

Fun Fact: There are 12 species of big game besides the Denali Big Five that includes musk oxen, wolverine, mountain goat, black-tailed deer, elk, and ram.

Denali wilderness Living

At our riverside location, visit with Alaskans that make their living and raise their families in the wilderness near Denali. Your hosts are woodsmen, trappers, hunters, showing you their Alaska. They will share stories, tales and a few tricks regarding mining, prospecting, trapping and hunting that make their lives different than most that come to visit.

Heated Jet boats into the "bush," where locals share hunting, prospecting, trapping and dog mushing lore on the Nenana River. Price includes round-trip transportation to and from any hotels outside park area.

(3 Hours)

Visit with Alaskans that make their living and raise their families in the wilderness near Denali, share a welcome snack at camp, show and talk about furs then end your trip with an exciting pull cart sled dog ride.

For more information click HERE.

Jon & Karin Nierenberg - Owners of Henry's Coffee Shop- you can hike from our place (a 1-mile hike) and have dinner and a enjoy slideshow for a small fee. You can even visit his real live Alaskan Mushing Dogs.