Denali Park Road
It is extremely rare for us to cancel a trip due to weather. However, if the National Park Service completely closes the Denali Park Road for any reason, we cannot operate the trip. If the Denali Park Road is partially closed, we will travel as far as we are permitted. Our Denali Park Road trip covers 66-miles traveling through a number of mountain passes, and the weather can be quite different than the east entrance to the Park. We recommend booking the full-day trip for any day that fits within your schedule, regardless of the weather forecast.
- Lunch, snacks and water for an 8-9 hour day
- Extra layers + comfortable footwear (for driving and walking)
- Masks for each member in your group (in the event we are unable to maintain 6′ social distancing)
- Drivers license(s) for vehicle driver(s)
- Proof of your Denali National Park Pass purchase. Passes can be purchased online here.
The max trip size is 2 client vehicles and 1 guide vehicle.
No. The National Park Service entrance fee to Denali National Park is separate from booking a Traverse Alaska trip. Pre-purchase your entrance fee online here or purchase at the Denali National Park Visitor Center prior to trip departure.
Total trip length is 8-9 hours depending on road conditions.
The Denali Park Road trip travels along Denali Park Road to mile 66 (Eielson Visitor Center) and returns along the same route. If the National Park Service closes the road, the trip will travel as far as permitted, depending on the weather.
No. Guests drive a new, Traverse Alaska Suburban for the duration of the trip.
Yes. You and your private party (up to 8 people total) are the only people in the vehicle. Our driver guide is in a separate, lead vehicle. If there is another private group on the trip they will be in their own vehicle.
There are a few designated stopping areas where visitors are able to get out of the vehicle and take photos. While driving on the road itself, passengers are able to take photos from the vehicle but must remain in the vehicle at all times. This is a safety precaution that all vehicles traveling along the Park Road follow.
The trip is broken up with a couple (approximately 10-15 minutes) rest stops along the way. At rest stops visitors are able to walk around and explore the designated stopping area. Depending on road conditions and travel time, visitors may be able to do a short, independent hike at the Eielson Visitor Center (mile 66).
Helpful Alaska Information
While we would love to guarantee you will see wildlife during the trip, it is difficult to predict when and where wildlife will be in any particular area. That’s a good thing! We aim to minimize our impact during all activities so the wilderness stays wild.
We recommend bringing a good pair of binoculars if you’re particularly interested in trying to spot wildlife.
Common summer insects you may encounter during your Alaska trip include mosquitoes, black flies and midges (no-see-ums). While these small critters can be cumbersome, we are fortunate Alaska does not have any ticks, chiggers or snakes.
Required gear varies slightly depending on the trip booked. We send a required gear list with your confirmation email after booking. In general, expect to bring the following items.
- Worn-in hiking boots/shoes
- Synthetic or wool hiking clothes, NO COTTON
- Warm base layers
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants
- Reusable water bottle (ex. Nalgene)
Full payment, which includes a 25% non-refundable deposit, is required in order to secure your reservation.
Multi-day itineraries and adventures:
For multi-day trips, a 25% non-refundable deposit is due to secure your reservation. For trips booked within 60 days of trip departure, full payment is required to complete reservation.
Final payment is due no later than 60 days prior to trip start date, in ACH/check form.
For 2020 only, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, clients will have up to 30 days prior to the multi-day trip start date to make the required final payment.
Payment via Visa, Mastercard, check or ACH is accepted. See previous payment FAQ for day or multi-day trip payment details.
Please contact us if you have questions regarding trip payment.
We recognize the recent Covid-19 developments may impact travel plans with Traverse Alaska this year. In response, we have amended our cancellation policy to offer clients more flexibility during these uncertain times. Our revised cancellation policy is valid for all 2020 reservations.
All reservations require a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure trip departure details. For 2020 only, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cancellations made more than 7 days before the trip start date receive a full refund, less the 10% deposit. Cancellations made within 7 days prior to the trip start date receive no refund.
Rescheduling: For 2020 reservations only, clients may reschedule their trip within 2 years of original reservation date (2021/2022 seasons) and the 10% deposit credit will be applied.
*** Original cancellation policy below***
We are a small, flexible organization; however, we want clients to understand many of our expenses are incurred prior to trip departure dates. In the event you need to cancel your booking, we offer the following:
All reservations require a 25% non-refundable deposit to secure trip departure details. If full payment has been received, cancellations made more than 30 days before the trip start date will receive a full refund, less the deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days prior to the trip start date receive no refund.
We strongly advise visitors to purchase travel insurance for your Alaska adventure.
We are open year-round for the 2020 season!
We are closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation. For 2020 operations we will adhere to current CDC, state and local guidelines and any restrictions that exist. Ensuring continued health and safety is a top priority for us as we closely monitor the Covid-19 pandemic, and regularly assess any adjustments to our operations. We will continue to (as we always have) scrub our vehicles inside and out between every trip, have hand sanitizer and bleach wipes available, and evolve as the situation progresses.
Stay in touch for more information, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to us, anytime. We look forward to sharing our wild Alaskan backyard with you soon!