Denali Air
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Denali Air is the original flightseeing company in Denali and offer the best odds of seeing The Mountain "face to face." Passengers on our flights see more of Denali, more often than anyone else. We are family-owned and operated and fly from a private airstrip 8 miles south of the road entrance into Denali National Park. Our highly experienced pilots possess the skills and knowledge to take advantage of our unique airstrip location as we have the ability to access either the north or south side of the Alaska Range. We fly almost entirely within the National Park, allowing for a comprehensive tour of this unique and stunning landscape. Our premier flight, the Denali Peak Experience, covers 200 miles of wild and rugged scenery from green tundra to tumbling icefalls and gets within a 1/2 mile of Denali itself. We offer comfort and twin-engine safety in our Piper Navajos (all seats are window seats) and fly 7 times a day from mid-May through mid-September. Come fly with us!
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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Scottsdale, AZ96 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Dan, our incredible pilot, made this the highlight of the entire trip to AK. His explanations of the Alaska Range, geology, glaciers, and his anecdotes and expertise made for an exceptional morning. The air was smooth, the views were spectacular. We have traveled all over the world, and all of us concur that this was one of the best trips we have ever had.
Written August 25, 2021
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jack f
Cleveland, OH9 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
Words could never express how amazing this experience was. The staff was so professional and Bob, our pilot, was incredible. His piloting skills and expertise made me feel very comfortable.and his personality made the flight a blast. To see the mountains and all the scenery from above was truly breathtaking. It far exceeded any expectation I had. This is a must see if you go to Denali !!
Written September 13, 2015
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Jim T
Middle River, MD2 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
This is the most remarkable experience we have ever had. My wife does not like flying AT ALL. We were passing Denali Adventure Tours around 7 PM last night and for reasons I will never understand my wife Tosha stopped and started talking to Jamin at the tour shop. Next thing I know she tells me we are going to fly around Mt McKinley. She started getting cold feet waiting to get picked up to go to Denali Air but soon we were at Denali Air. There we were greeted by Lauren who assured us that Bob was going to be our pilot and was a very experienced pilot. Bob came in and introduced himself and after a little joking around we boarded the plane. My wife was very nervous until the plane left the ground, within minutes she lost all of her fears because the scenery was spectacular. Bob was fantastic with his air tour as he flew us to Mt McKinley. I would not even begin to describe everything that we saw and how Bob explained it all to us. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. We saw two Base camps, a group on their way to the peak and got so close to the peak we felt we could have touched it. Thanks to Denali Adventure tours, Denali Air and especially Bob.

Jim and Tosha
Written May 29, 2015
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Ray J
Portsmouth, NH7 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
We booked the McKinley Experience thru the Cruise Land tour company and they assured us that Denali Air would cancel if the weather was bad or there was no chance of seeing the mountain. As the weather worsened that afternoon we expressed our concerns that conditions were getting worse and worse. Denali Air insisted it was ok and it was a go. at the time of the flight it was completely overcast and the pilot came out and said we would be fine. I have flown small planes for years and knew the conditions were not good to be going up. As we took off the cloud cover was around 1800 feet. To the pilots credit he did try to find some form of visibilty but knew very well we would not get remotely close to Mt McKinley. Also having flying experience I know the difference between IFR(Instrument Flight Rules) and VFR (Visual Flight Rules). The plane is not equipted to fly under IFR conditions and conditions were very borderline between the two. We spent about 50 minutes flying around the one glacier we could see below before the weather deteriorated to unsafe conditions. We made it back but not without great disappointment and no respect for the pilot or Denali Air. Once back on the ground there was total silence amoung the rest of the passengers to the point we were all in shock that they took our $$$ knowing full well we wouldnt see anything. Im sure if we had any kind of good experience there would be chatter about what we saw. In the lobby the pilot came out and tried showing us where we went on a topigraphical layout and when I started asking why we even went up and knowing the conditions were bad...He stopped be in a very beligerent and defensive tone and said he was not going to get into an argument over it. "I got you back safely!' I said "it wasnt safe to go in the first place!
The other issues I have with the Low wing type of plane they use is in order to see anything below the pilot has to dip the wings down or rock the plane to see past the wings. No wonder why one of the previous comment made was that someone got very sick and vomitted.
We are disputing the charges on the credit cards. We have pictures of clouds, fog and rain to back up this review.
Other than Denali Air ripping us off Alaska is the most beautiful place I have ever visited in the World! Many many vacations around the world, many, many tours and excursions, Alaska is Simply The Best. Denali Air is simply the worst!
Written June 26, 2015
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Santa Paula, CA364 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
Local press and a few plane wrecks had me scared-more planes in AK than cars tho. Not a huge risk, more danger driving to work. I closed my eyes and held on to my seat during the ascent. YOU can NOT appreciate this mountain until you take the plane ride. Spend the money-it is only 350 and well worth an hour. With the soothing narrative on the headphones, the music (thanks) and our pilot, I summoned courage and inspected the mountains slopes, glaciers and valleys up close. No words to express these emotions, grandeur, our country's pride, how we saved the area and animals, our companions awe, all of us snapping photos with Him in the background-and left plane in one piece. Spectacular.
Written September 20, 2011
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Leigh-Anne B
Yass, Australia109 contributions
May 2016
We were picked up by bus at 7.15 p.m. from the office of Denali Air and driven to the air strip. We boarded a 6-seater plane and flew over the Alaska Range and right around Mount Denali. There was no cloud at all. We had perfect views of glaciers, mountains and all sides of Mount Denali. An amazing 90 minutes!
Written January 30, 2017
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Fort Lauderdale, FL53 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
This was the best $400, I spent and one of the most pleasurable days of my two week land tour through Alaska. To fly the mountain and see hikers near the summit is incredible. There is actually a small glacier in the form or a Sasquatch that the pilot will point out. The planes are nice, seats six and the forty-five minute flight is awesome. DO IT!!
Written July 16, 2015
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Kirkland, Washington, United States18 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
$800 stomach pumping, courtesy Denali Air. Our 65-minute flight on Denali Air was supposed to be the highlight of our trip, but we became so motion sick it ruined the whole day.

My husband started vomiting within minutes of takeoff, filling the cabin with the stench of vomit for everyone else. He just puked and puked. I felt AWFUL. There was nothing I could do to help him. I sobbed. I wanted to die. I'm pretty sure he was halfway dead himself.

I'm a roller coaster fanatic. I've never been motion sick in my entire life, but about 40 minutes into the flight I started to feel... nauseated? What? Me? Well, between the planet that never stopped dipping and climbing, and the atrocious stench of my husband's puke filling the cabin, I suppose it made sense.

The last thing I managed to do was cram my camera and phone into the seat pocket in front of me before a torrent of vomit exploded from my own mouth. For the last 20 minutes of the flight, my husband and I puked in unison. On the bright side, at least we landed!

So, getting insanely air sick could have happened on anyone's flight. What happened NEXT was entirely up to Denali Air - no refunds, no sympathy, just encouragement to "fly again" some day!

Uh, no. Denali Air sucks.

I'm glad other reviewers had such a great time, but we didn't see anything except yellow vomit in the grocery bags over our laps. The lack of any refund from Denali Air, partial or otherwise, was just insult to injury. I feel bad for the other passengers who had to smell our barf for an hour, but at least the plane was loud enough to drown out our screams and groans.

Our afternoon was spent in Glitter Gulch re-learning how to walk without heaving, and we both had scratchy throats and sore chests for days afterwards.

PS: The soda machine at the air strip doesn't work and they don't refund the money you put into it, so don't expect your dollar back or anything to wash the vomit out of your throat.
Written July 13, 2013
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Mark C
San Jose, CA11 contributions
Jun 2011 • Couples
The Park is absolutely is amazing - sweeping vistas of mountain after mountain - beautiful taiga and tundra, bountiful wildlife and a bunch of entertaining characters on the tour buses. Good fun and education for the whole family.

We did a guided tour bus the first day and hiked up Cathedral Mountain the second day. Stayed in one of the Aramark hotels. Their staff are friendly, helpful and fun - they also run the bus tours in the park and river rafting trips. Make sure you select a hotel near the park entrance (some "Denali" hotels are miles away).
Written July 9, 2011
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Toronto, Canada13 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Our Plan A had been to go on the bus tour into Denali but learned that the bus tour was already fully booked and very time consuming. However, that forced us to make alternate arrangements and fortunately there was space for two on Denali Air the next morning. Though I am value conscious, I can rationalize the cost by asking would I rather take a 5-hour or 12-hour round trip bus ride to a point still far from Denali with no guarantee of seeing it through the clouds or pay more for a 65-minute round trip flight to get up close and see the mountains, glaciers, rivers, and greenery from above? The choice was easy especially after considering the long bus ride from Seward to Denali and the fact that I may never be at Denali again. This should have been our Plan A all along.

Our pilot Dan was great, providing good information along the way and searching for and spotting Dall sheep on the mountaintops. The sights in all directions was spectacular and the ride was mostly smooth. Fantastic weather conditions helped. The two peaks of Denali were incredible from up close and we were close enough to see the base camp of climbers and individual climbers making their treks. Dan was very accommodative, making turns so that everyone could get good views.

An excellent excursion and highlight of our Alaskan trip. I would recommend this whole-heartedly.
Written June 30, 2018
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Thank you for choosing us as your backup plan! After a long bus ride from Seward to Denali, we can understand why a shorter tour of Denali National Park would be appealing. We are so happy you were able to see many great sights on your flight. Dan will be appreciative of such a kind review. It sounds like you had an incredible trip and we are grateful to have been a part of it.
Written August 15, 2018
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