Please call our office with any additional questions   907-683-4288 or send an email here

 

+ WILL WE SEE WILDLIFE?

Yes! But this is not a zoo, so animals are not guaranteed! We have seen moose, caribou, red fox, porcupines, snowshoe hares, lynx, bears, ptarmigans, and bald eagles on our trails. Morning and late afternoon tours, when the light is low, usually have the best chance of seeing animals.

+ DON'T THE ATVS JUST SCARE ALL THE ANIMALS AWAY?

Moose are not frightened by ATV engines and will often be on the trails, along the trails, or walking through our launch site! Smaller animals are more skittish and harder to spot in the brush.

+ DO YOUR TOURS GO INTO DENALI NATIONAL PARK?/CAN WE TAKE ATVS INTO DENALI NATIONAL PARK?

It is illegal to ATV in Denali National Park. Our trails are in a 10 mile by 30 mile rectangular cut-out, surrounded on three sides by the Park. You will get to experience the same Alaska Mountain Range, the same animals, the same taiga and tundra as that in Denali National Park!

+ WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE SUMMER?

During the summer, the temperature can be anywhere from 30-90 degrees and you may experience that all in the same day! There are multiple microclimates in the Denali region, making it difficult to predict the weather on any given day. The weather in the Denali Canyon is often very different from the weather at the ATV tour launch sites, just a few miles away! Summer is our rainy season and rain is expected daily. It is not uncommon for it to snow in early or late summer.

+ HOW FAST DO YOU GO?

All tours with Denali ATV are guided. Your tour group will be comprised of people with various skill and riding abilities. The tour guides will assess the speed that is best and safest for the tour group. Custom, private tours are available - Denali ATV Explorer.

+ CAN MY CHILD RIDE ON MY LAP? / CAN MY CHILD RIDE ON THE SINGLE ATV WITH ME?

ATVs are motorized vehicles that fall under AK state laws. Everyone must have their own seat, even small children. No one can ride tandem on the Single ATVs because they are single seat vehicles. Riders must be able to shift their weight to accommodate for changes in terrain.

Forward facing car seats and booster seats are available upon request for families with small children.

+ MY CHILD IS 15. CAN HE DRIVE HIS OWN ATV?

No. You must be 16 to drive your own ATV – it’s a state law.

+ MY CHILD IS 16, AND HAS A DRIVER'S LICENSE. HE WANTS TO GO ON AN ATV TOUR, BUT I, HIS PARENT/GUARDIAN, DO NOT WANT TO GO. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Yes, the Liability Form must be signed by the 16 year old and the parent/guardian in the Denali ATV Office before the tour departs. Alternatively, the Liability form can be printed out, signed, and faxed into the Denali ATV office prior to the tour departure.

+ WILL I GET DIRTY/MUDDY/WET?

The short answer is Yes.

All ATVs and SxS are open vehicles and riders are exposed to the elements. All ATV trails are dirt trails so on dry days, trails will be dusty and when it is raining, trails will be muddy. It is not uncommon to get dirty/muddy/wet on tour! Much of it depends on how fast you are driving, whether you are leaving a large enough distance between yourself and the ATV in front of you, if you are driving through the puddles, or if you are speeding through the river beds. You do not have to walk away from the tour wet and covered in mud, but if you want to, it is possible!

Raingear is provided at the launch when it is raining and SxS are covered with a roof, windshield, and half doors. Water may come in through the floorboards of the SxS, but it can drain out.

+ ARE THE TOURS GUIDED? HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE TO GO?

All Denali ATV tours are guided by professional, knowledgeable guides. There is always a front guide, leading the tour group, and a back guide. If the tour group warrants, or if it is a dusty day, a middle guide will be available as well.

+ WILL I BE ABLE TO STOP? WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE PICTURES?

There are designated stopping points during each tour, at scenic areas and overlooks. If the tour sees moose or other animals, the tour can stop to take pictures. At any point during your tour, if you need to stop, simply alert a guide.

+ CAN I BRING A CAMERA WITH ME?

Yes, small point-and-shoot cameras will fit in the glove compartment of the SxS. It is recommended that larger cameras are worn and covered with a jacket/shirt.

+ I HAVE NEVER BEEN ON AN ATV BEFORE. WILL I BE ABLE TO DO THIS?

No experience is necessary to take the Single ATVs or SxSs on our tours. Every rider must go through a safety course that mimics some of the trail conditions before heading out to the trails. If you are feeling uncomfortable with your ATV during the pre-trail training time, simply alert the guides.

The SxSs are very easy to drive because they drive just like a car!

+ CAN I TAKE A BAG WITH ME?

Yes, you can wear a backpack on the single ATVs and put bags in the back of the SxS or on the floorboards. Be aware that bags may become dusty/dirty/wet on the trail. We recommend that you only bring what you need and leave the rest of your belongings in your hotel room.

+ CAN I TAKE DRINKS/SNACKS?

Yes, you can bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

+ DO YOU RENT ATVS?

No.

+ I HAVE MY OWN ATV. CAN I GO ON YOUR TOUR WITH MY ATV?

If you have brought your own ATV to Alaska, you can follow any of our tours at no cost. However, ATV followers are not officially part of the tour group and therefore, Denali ATV Adventures cannot be held responsible for you or your actions. Please call the Denali ATV Adventures Office at 907-683-4288 to make arrangements.

+ ARE THERE WEIGHT OR HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS?

The Single ATVs have a weight limit of about 400lbs and no height limit. Total weight in the SxSs should not exceed about 1200lbs. We have had riders that were 6’7” on tour! Please call the Denali ATV Adventures Office at 907-683-4288 if you have any questions or concerns.

+ DOES Denali atv aDVENTUREs GO TO THE BUS?/ WILL YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET TO THE BUS?/ CAN YOU REFER ME TO ANYONE WHO WILL TAKE ME OUT TO THE BUS?/ CAN I RENT ONE OF YOUR ATVS SO THAT I CAN GO TO THE BUS?

No. Going to the bus is extremely dangerous in the spring and summer due to melting snow and ice, increased mountain runoff, and the rainy season. Many people have tried to hike to the bus each summer; most do not make it past the rivers, many get lost and injured, and several have died in their efforts. During the winter, the trail is safe and is more easily traversed by dogsled, snow machine, or cross country skiing. 49th State Brewery recently acquired the prop bus used in the movie “Into the Wild”, which was filmed in Cantwell, not the actual site in Healy. This is the best and quickest way to get that famous picture of yourself sitting in front of the bus.

+ I AM DRIVING FROM ANCHORAGE (TALKEETNA). HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?

Take the Parks Highway (3) north to mile marker 238. Turn right at the Denali Drive stoplight and the Tesoro gas station. Turn left into the driveway along the boardwalk of shops and park. Denali ATV Adventures is the first shop on the boardwalk, next to the Denali Doghouse.

+ I AM DRIVING FROM FAIRBANKS. HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION?

Take the Parks Highway (3) south to mile marker 238. Turn left at the Denali Drive stoplight and the Tesoro gas station. Turn left into the driveway along the boardwalk of shops and park. Denali ATV Adventures is the first shop on the boardwalk, next to the Denali Doghouse.