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Denali Backcountry Safari

Alaska, United States
Denali Backcountry Safari

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience your own ‘Into the Wild’ journey on this 4-wheel off-road adventure in Denali National Park. Aboard your safari transport, head deep into the Alaskan bush to the Stampede Trail, a forgotten trail in the wilderness that Christopher McCandless took to explore the backcountry. Learn about the area’s geology and wildlife, and stop along the way to explore the open tundra. Hotel transport from select locations is included on this 3.5-hour tour.
  • 3.5-hour off-road 4-wheel safari adventure in Denali National Park
  • Discover the Stampede Trail deep in the Alaskan wilderness
  • Watch for wildlife sightings, such as moose, caribou, bears, and foxes
  • Learn about the region’s history
  • Choose from a morning or evening departure
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
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Coffee and/or Tea

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Embark on a bumpy ride in the Alaskan backcountry on this 3.5-hour 4-wheel safari truck adventure in Denali National Park. After hotel pickup, head to the park entrance to meet your driver-guide.


Your destination: the Stampede Trail. This forgotten road, not shown on most maps even today, was carved out of the wilderness by the miners of the Kantishna region who sought gold. This is the very same trail that Christopher McCandless, of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, took to enter the wilds of Alaska.


The Stampede Road begins paved but turns into a primitive, muddy trail after just a few miles. On a clear day, you might just see Denali (formerly Mt McKinley). With the help of your guide, keep watch for caribou, moose, bears, and foxes.


Stop along the way at points of interest and to explore the open tundra. Enjoy a hearty Alaskan snack before winding your way back to civilization with memorable stories and photos to share.
Stop At:  
Stampede Excursions Backcountry Base Camp
Experience the backcountry at the Stampede Excursions Backcountry Basecamp. Enjoy a backcountry fire, hike, and Alaskan snacks.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
On clear days, take in beautiful views of Denali from an overlook and along the trail. Take pictures of the highest point in North America!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Stampede Trail
Experience the infamous Stampede Trail from the book and movie Into the Wild.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Along the trail stop at the Denali Overlook to take in, weather permitting, views of Denali, Mount McKinley.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Stampede Excursions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Denali Backcountry Safari?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Denali Backcountry Safari.
What is the social distancing policy during Denali Backcountry Safari?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Denali Backcountry Safari.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Denali Backcountry Safari?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Denali Backcountry Safari.

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42 Reviews

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Not as varied or wildlife rich as...
, Oct 2017
Not as varied or wildlife rich as expected. Neat vehicle and definitely off road. Return trip on same route vs new experience. Great people and well executed for what it was
This tour was amazing! It was fun and...
, Aug 2017
This tour was amazing! It was fun and educational. The tour guides are very nice. We did not see any wildlife, but never the less still fun. Riding in the open sided vehicle, going rugged terrain and being on the look out for any creatures was fun. I highly recommend this tour.
This was a terribly disappointing...
Marshall H
, Aug 2017
This was a terribly disappointing trip. Not much to see and slow, uninteresting ride in very slow vehicle. Just went out a couple of miles and then turned around. Couldn't really see anything. Only decent part of trip was dialogue from Brad about history of mining and Into the Wild. This boring trip was not worth the money or the time. To make matters worse we had to get up really early for the 6:40 am pickup.
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