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Denali Outdoor Center

Mile 238.9 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Denali Outdoor Center (D.O.C.) is a full-service outfitter offering whitewater rafting, mild-water float trips, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking adventures on the boundary of Denali National Park, Alaska. We also offer lakeside nightly cabin rentals and camping at our premier location in Healy, Alaska on the shore of Otto Lake.For convenience, we have 2 office locations, one at Denali Park and the other in Healy, just 10 minutes north of the park entrance. We also provide free shuttle service to and from all local lodging, AKRR Depot, Denali Park Visitor Center and the Wilderness Access Center.Our operating season is from mid-May to mid-September and we are open 7 days from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Our winter hours are M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm Alaska Time.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Mile 238.9 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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"rafting trip"
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"nenana river"
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"otto lake"
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"white water rafting"
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"scenic wilderness"
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"ride the bull"
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"hour paddle"
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"raft company"
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"guy named"
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"class iii rapids"
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"hour scenic"
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"stay dry"
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"safety instructions"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The weather was the only bad part of the trip. The guide, “Elvis”, tried his best to make it fun. It was June 11, 45 degrees, which would have been fine. However, coupled with wind and sleet/hail made it miserable. One thing they should have...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A brilliant experience with great views. Even saw some rare Dall sheep high up on a ravine with their lambs plus an eagle. Whitney did a great job of looking after us

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

We did the canyon run (paddle) ! What a great time! They give you dry suits so you aren't cold at all. The guide was great! He made it fun and had a lot of knowledge of the area. Only thing was wish it was...More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Hi Robin. Thanks for the great review! Next time you could try the Nenana Half-day Paddle Raft for a longer trip. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

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Reviewed October 6, 2017

We stayed at the Denali Outdoor Center in a cabin on Otto Lake and it was wonderful! Our family consists of my husband and I and our two adult children. This is a no thrills cabin with 1 Queen and 2 twin beds in a...More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thank you for your review and sharing your experience at Otto Lake. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and didn't mind a little "drizzle" while you cooked dinner over the fire-pit. It's also nice to hear your made use of the "Cook Shack" during your...More

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Reviewed October 1, 2017

Our family of 7 (children aged 14,12,11,9,5) went on the 2 hour Scenic Wilderness Raft Tour on Aug 14, 2017. They were very efficient getting us checked-in and into our dry suits. Quickly got us via bus to the drop-in point. Thorough safety instructions given....More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Thanks Matt. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the overall experience. Sometimes, it's the gearing up part people find a little annoying and mostly uncomfortable (until they get on the river). Sorry you feel charging for the photo is "tacky" and we certainly wish the...More

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Reviewed September 17, 2017

On September 4th our group of six adults (family) went rafting on the Nenana River with Tim Reidy as our personal guide. We had previously been guided by Tim on a mountain bike ride which had been a thrilling adventure with breathtaking scenery! The 3...More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

What a great story! Tim is an excellent guide and a fun person to spend time with rafting and biking. Thanks for the great review and we hope to see you again someday!

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Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

Our family of six adults took a guided mountain bike tour with Tim as our guide. Only one of us had ever been mountain biking before, so it was a new experience for most! We were able to ride to a height of 4,000 feet...More

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Fantastic! The bike tour is a relatively new excursion for us and we're really happy to hear you enjoyed it!! Thanks for the review.

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Reviewed September 12, 2017

My first ever rafting trip. It was fantastic. I think i'm hooked. I smiled and screamed with excitement the whole trip. Our guide Chad was great. Very friendly and professional.

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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

Excellent! Chad is an awesome guide and a nice guy, too. Thank you for your review.

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hongjiewen
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Kellie B | Reviewed this property |
No. It was more around the town. To get to the Park, you need to take a bus for a few hours. Both trips well worth it!!
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fall987
January 2, 2017|
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Response from cclum | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this place did have pick up / drop service included. Our adventure started at 6:30 pm (getting our gears and riding to the Nenana River) and finished after 9:00 pm. We saw the sun starting to set. Depending where you... More
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