To get deep into the backcountry wilderness of Denali, there’s no better way than to grab one of the park shuttles. The transit shuttle system transports hikers, cyclists, and campers to and from important Denali destinations, as well as into the heart of the backcountry. Fees are around $25-$50 and depending on the shuttle, bring you anywhere from 50-100 miles to destinations such as Toklat River, an area of rocky cliffs, grassy hillsides and glacial rivers.
Other areas served by shuttles include Wonder Lake, an 11hr round trip that carries visitors to a lake carved into being by retreating glaciers. Wonder Lake boasts incredible views of the nearby mountain ranges and impressive hikes and enchanting photo opportunities including Reflection Pond.
The Kantishna shuttle will bring you over 90 miles to the remnants of a 1900s mining town that now serves as a great launching point for backcountry adventures, it being the true “end of the road” in Denali. Past this is open wilderness.
The Discovery Hike, the Discovery Hike Shuttle Bus transports those registered for the ranger-guided backcountry Discovery Hike, a day-long immersion into the world of backcountry adventuring.
The Camper Shuttle Buses are available for campers in any of the six campsites in Denali, and used for transporting visitors and their gear to many incredible Denali Destinations.
The Eielson Visitor Center Shuttle brings visitors to the visitor center trails with ranger-guided hikes and interpretive exhibits at mile 66 of Park Road.