Natural History Tour
Denali National Park, Alaska
Natural History Tour Denali National Park Reviews
Natural History Tour Sep 16, 2009
The Natural History Tour at Denali National Park is a five hour bus ride. This tour offers you a quick taste of some of the 6 million acres in Denali National Park on the only road that goes into the park. It stops at historic Savage Cabin, adjacent to Savage River Campground. The cabin is located about 200 yards from the park road along a wide gravel path. There, an employee dressed in period costume enacts a 15 - 20 minute presentation on the pioneer days of Denali National Park. Private vehicles are allowed in the first 14 miles, but this guided bus tour will continue just past that point to mile 19. They offered a snack and hot drinks like (instant coffee, tea, or chocolate) at the turnaround point. There also a local Indian gives a brief presentation.
The tour guide driver is well versed in the history, animals, geography and geology, and gives a full narration while also keeping an eye out for animals, even if they are miles off. This is a slow moving ride so that you don’t get bounced around very much on this gravel road, and she also listens for passengers to call out if they see something moving. And the animals, if you see them, are not afraid of the bus on the road. They are very used to seeing it and even if it stops they are not frightened away. There are many stories of animals coming right next to the bus.
There is a longer tour called the Tundra Wilderness tour, and it takes you eight hours over 53 miles of land to the Toklat River and Rest stop much deeper into the park.
I would recommend taking the longer tour, if you wish to see the animals.
Part of the 2009 Cruise to and tour of Alaska travel blog
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