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Kantishna Air Taxi

Box 46, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
(303) 449-1146
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There is truly no better way to experience the majesty of Denali and the Alaskan Range than via Kantishna Air Taxi. The ride was so smooth you felt like you were floating along side the few clouds that were present on this absolutely perfect, clear and sunny day. The pictures I took are breathtaking It was a little pricey, but... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

iN a spur of a moment, overheard another group taking an air taxi back from the ride in on the Katishna wildlife tour. We decided to try it instead of the bus back. Wow. We had great views of Denali/ Mount McKinley. The mountain was clear for the days we visited but seeing it from a plane is something else.... More

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los angeles
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12 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We took a sightseeing flight around mount McKinley. An amazing experience. We had a great pilot, Andy, who showed us all around the mountain and provided valuable information. The only less-than-perfect note was that in addition to the hefty but expected price ($250) they hit you up for a tip to the pilot. It seems inappropriate.

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear mayasl, Thanks for your review, and we're totally psyched that you had such an amazing flightseeing tour around Mt. McKinley with Andy! We're fortunate to have awesome pilots like Andy, who even summitted the Mountain during a climbing trip many years ago. Thanks also for your comment regarding tips. As is the case in much of the tourist industry,... More

Sonoma, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Kantishna Air Taxi offers several flightseeing options for visitors to Denali National Park/Mt. McKinley. In July 2014 I took their fly in/bus out package and had a great time. The first leg of the day long journey is a 55 minute flight in a single engine plane from an air strip south of the entrance to Denali to a landing... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear Andrew95476, Thanks so much for sharing the logistics from your Denali Park Day Excursion (DPDE), and we agree that flying and busing is the best of both worlds. Your advice for travelers to bring ALL desired provisions is spot on, as there are no services along the Park Road within this amazing 6.2 million acre nature preserve. Also, don't... More

Epsom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We took the bus ride to Kantishna Roadhouse but decided that we didn't want another 6 hours coming back so decided to fly. it was a great decision. The flight is fantastic. I know some people have complained about sitting in the back seats but we did so and found they were perfectly good. My wife if only 5ft 4... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear THFC1882Epsom, We're glad that you had the opportunity to fly with us along the Alaska Range, and thanks for sharing your exhilarating experience! You've made a great point about the seats, as well: All 5 offer great views. We're glad that Shawn was able to get you so close to Mt. McKinley, whose size, as you noted, is astonishing.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Yes, this is an expensive way to see Denali, but do it if you can! We flew into Kantishna at the end of the park road, then took the bus back. We flew on a cloudy day and couldn't see the mountain peak, but even so, it was spectacular being in the mountain environment. We had been to several glaciers... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear LovetotravlColorado, We totally agree that if there's one activity to splurge on in Alaska, it's flightseeing! You also make a great point that even when it's cloudy, the mountain environment is spectacular. In fact, some of the best flights can be lower level glacier tours, as you found out during your trip. We're glad that we were easy to... More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We took the 6.5 hour bus ride in Denali to Kantishna, hoping that we would not have our flight cancelled due to bad weather and have to take the bus 6.5 hours back. Thankfully, we had great weather and were not disappointed. When we arrived, we were greatly warmly, provided tea, coffee and water and left to relax for about... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear davidweller, It sounds like you pretty much nailed it. We're thrilled to hear that you had the opportunity for an "extendo", which allowed you to circumnavigate the whole Mountain -- an absolutely amazing experience to be sure. Thanks for flying with us and sharing your thoughts. Best regards, The KAT crew More

Lakeview, Ohio, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Mt. McKinley cleared up enough for us to take the airplane ride to see it up close. The pilot (Shawn) was fantastic. He knew the history of the mountain and the different terrains and where to take us to see them. He was very accommodating to the photographers as he made sure both sides of the plane saw everything. It... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear Jayne Y, We're so glad that you had a fantastic flight through the Park with Shawn, and that you had the chance to take some great photos! Mt. McKinley certainly is quite a site to see up close! We appreciate your recommendation. Kind regards, The KAT crew More

Eustis, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Took the bus ride into the park we saw 5 grizzly bears, moose, caribou, fox and sheep. We had a great lunch at the Kantishna Roadhouse, the food was more than we expected. Then we sat through the Iditarod presentation which was very informative. Then the best part of the trip, we took the plane ride out to Mt. McKinley,... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear Lorie and Cody, Seeing 5 grizzly bears, moose, caribou, fox and sheep in Denali National Park is awesome. Lunch and the husky demonstration at the Kantishna Roadhouse is awesome. Flying with Roger over the Alaska Range is awesome. And you are awesome. Thanks for being awesome, The KAT crew More

North Olmsted, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We flew from Merrill Field to Kantishna aboard KatAir. What a flight. There is no other way to get as close to Denali unless you climb it, and even then you wouldn't get the breathtaking perspective of its grandeur that you do aboard a small plane. This was among he most memorable experiences my family has ever experienced together. Absolutely... More

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Greg L, Owner at Kantishna Air Taxi, responded to this review

Dear Randy D, We're thrilled that your family had such a memorable experience flying together from Anchorage to Kantishna! We agree that the breathtaking perspective and grandeur are unmatched, and more than anything, we're glad we were able to share it with your family. Thanks, also, for staying with us at Skyline Lodge and for taking the time to share... More

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