A couple exploring Denali Park on an Alaska cruisetour
Beautiful mountains behind Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Explore the reaches of this legendary park

Denali National Park is home to the tallest mountain in North America, Denali at 20,310 feet, as well as over six million acres of diverse wilderness. This includes the famous Big Five — grizzly bears, moose, wolves, Dall sheep and caribou. With only one park road, nature exists as it has for thousands of years, and your visit offers a glimpse into an era that most can’t imagine, even in their wildest dreams.

Denali National Park Tour Options

A couple exploring Denali Park on an Alaska cruisetour

See Denali National Park — your way.

This narrated tour through Denali National Park spans five hours and takes you to the Teklanika River at mile 30. Learn about the area’s history and natural beauty from a knowledgeable guide. See famous wildlife and visit Savage Cabin – a back-country shelter used by rangers for decades. Along the way, stop at Primrose Ridge for an Alaskan Native Presentation that will help immerse you in the culture of the Great Land. Most cruisetours include this park tour.

This guide-led tour lasts eight hours, taking you twice as far inside Denali National Park to see even more wildlife. Before your tour ends, stop at the picturesque Stony Hill Overlook at mile 63 to capture the perfect photo of Alaska’s dramatic landscapes. Note: The Toklat Tundra Wilderness Tour is offered in the spring as an alternative when the park road is not fully accessible.

For adventurous guests, this 11-hour tour takes you 91 miles into the park to the farthest end of the road. Learn from National Park Service Interpretive Rangers, explore the old mining town of Kantishna and visit the restored home of Fannie Quigley. We recommend this excursion for passengers with 2-night stays at Denali National Park, those who enjoy bus travel and guests wanting to visit the end of the park road. A box lunch is included.

Map of Denali National Park - refer to the page below

* Map is subject to change.

Denali's Big Five

The royalty of Alaska.
A grizzly bear at Denali National Park in Alaska

Brown bears, also known as grizzlies, are lucky enough to call Denali National Park home thanks to abundant food and a safe environment. These bears are solitary creatures that hunt, fish and forage on their own. As you travel through the park, you’ll likely find them wandering the open tundra in search of their next meal, or you may uncover their footprints that tell a story of their latest adventures.

Weighing over a thousand pounds and towering above the heads of most people, moose are an impressive sight. They’re most often found roaming the forests of Denali National Park or grazing on plants along the tundra. Moose are even known to make a splash as they swim toward tasty aquatic plants. Surprisingly fast, strong and imposing, moose are also well-adapted to the snow with wide feet and warm coats.

Wolves symbolize Alaska wilderness. They’re a rare and special sighting, as they usually stay far from visitors whenever possible. However, Denali National Park’s wilderness status makes it one of the only places where wolf sightings are more common. They live, hunt and raise their pups in small packs, and their howls can often be heard echoing throughout the land.

Dall sheep are identifiable thanks to their large, curved horns and thick white coats of fur. Males are often recognized when fighting over a mate, creating a unique dance as they run into each other and lock horns. There is a good chance of seeing these creatures on the hillsides of Denali National Park, where they use ridges and steep slopes for feeding, resting and eluding predators.

As they wander along the tundra, a herd of caribou is usually detected by their massive horns, long faces and brown fur. While they’re called reindeer in other parts of the world, that name is strictly reserved for domesticated caribou in Alaska. Whether they’re traveling with their young or looking for mates in the spring, there are many chances to see caribou when you visit Denali National Park.

More to Consider

More information to help you plan your day in Denali.
Two women enjoying the view of Denali park on an Alaska cruise

How to Book or Change Your Park Tour

Park tour availability is limited and is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If your Alaska cruisetour does not include a Denali National Park tour, reserve your spot via the Cruise Personalizer, by calling Princess Cruises or contacting your travel advisor. To change the Denali National Park tour on an existing booking, please call Princess® or your travel advisor.

Mountain view of Denali National Park in Alaska

Helpful Tips

  • Water is provided on all Denali National Park tours, but lunch is only provided on the Kantishna Experience.
  • A box lunch can be purchased at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge®.
  • We suggest you bring warm clothes, rainwear, insect repellent, binoculars, a camera and personal medication as necessary.
  • Tour buses are school buses. The park road isn't paved after mile 15.
A group hiking in Denali National park on an Alaska cruisetour

Other Park Activities

A shuttle service can take you from the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge® to the main visitor center or the Horseshoe Lake Trailhead – a 3-mile trail full of beautiful pathways and beaver dams. If you choose to explore the visitor center, watch films about the park, check out cultural and historical exhibits of Denali National Park and join hikes lead by knowledgeable park rangers.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge®

The perfect home base for exploring Denali National Park.
Aerial view of Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska

Located less than a mile from the Denali National Park entrance, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge® is your home base for exploring the Great Land’s beloved nature preserve. All Alaska cruisetours exploring the wonders of Denali will have the chance to stay at this unforgettable lodge. With the comforts of home, incredible dining options and expert-crafted excursions, discover your ideal way to explore the Great Land.

Learn more about the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

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