Denali Jeep Excursions
Denali Jeep Excursions
4.5
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
Drive a 4-door, 4x4 Jeep Wrangler on the scenic Denali Highway, experiencing views of Mt. McKinley, the Alaska Range, glaciers, & wildlife! Guided tour covering around 100 miles with a length of 5 hours. Drink & snack provided. Tours depart at 7:30 am and 6:30 pm daily. Open mid-May through mid-September.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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rcaseys
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
This was a fantastic drive along the old Denali Highway. After you're on the highway for about 3 miles it turns into a dirt road, but it still was not that bad. We were with a group of 4 jeeps (all new), with our tour guide following up the rear. We were in constant communication with each other because they are all radio equipped. This was about a 5 hour trip and was very enjoyable. There were restrooms about halfway (more if you don't mind using the bushes) and we saw amazing scenery, and some wildlife. Definitely a good excursion, especially if you can't do the hiking excursions. In the 5 hours we saw maybe a dozen other cars. Our guide, Jeff, did an amazing job of telling us all about the different areas we went through and had us stop a numerous places along the way to take some scenic pictures.
Written June 27, 2013
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Laurie A
Madison, Wisconsin, United States63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
We had a great time on our tour with Denali Jeep Excursions and though the weather didn't cooperate with seeing some of the spectacular views that were there, it was still a great time.
The jeeps are comfortable, the ride into the back country is spectacular and our guide Jeff was very accommodating, knowledgeable and passionate about showing us the best time he could. The roads were also fairly decent considering where we went and the trip was perfectly fine for my 84 year-old father to go on!
We would definitely do this tour again, however this time we will wait until we get to Denali so that we could pick a day to go that has good weather forecast. Thanks for a great time!!
Written September 21, 2014
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chrisfliesalot
Minneapolis, MN78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
My girlfriend and I took this excursion and thoroughly enjoyed it! We weren't expecting a rough and tumble Jeep experience (we got that on the ATV tour...see other review) but still wanted to get off the beaten path. Our guide, Jeff, really made the tour fantastic!

The Denali highway is a minimum maintenance road that's off limits to rental cars and RVs due to its condition and remoteness. Therefore, this is the only way to see it unless you go against your rental contract. The wildlife can be sporadic. We had just missed the Caribou, which stick around through most of June. We did see lots of Moose. There is the possibility of Bears, which we did not see.

Jeff was a great guide! Very informative and throughout the entire tour he didn't repeat one fact or topic. I am not exactly sure how he kept moving from topic to topic without repeating anything! He also stops at various vantage points for amazing photos opportunities. Jeff will also take lots of photos with his camera so make sure to give him your email to get copies of them if you wish. They turn out great! We tipped him a extra because of all the photos he took!

This is a great trip if you want to get behind the wheel of Jeep and see some amazing scenery!
Written August 28, 2014
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Mom2boys
Easley, SC20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I was so excited about this Jeep tour. The Jeep was great and clean. However, we were flying 50 mph down a dirt road and my Jeep was sliding enough for my traction control light to come on several times! The lead guide did not stop when we saw a moose on the side of the road, he just kept speeding down the road!! I could not believe it! After all, aren't we there to see the animals and the view! At one point we were going 55 mph in a 40 mpg zone! I was so stressed out at the end of the tour, I wanted to go back to the hotel and calm down! I would never recommend this company, which is too bad. It could've been great.
Written June 8, 2022
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drew_tex
Houston, TX1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
I recently went on this trip and am only writing this review to make it aware that your office staff needs some work. The jeep tour itself was fun and I do recommend the activity.

Justin on the other hand was extremely rude and condescending when he spoke to me. He at first didn't realize I was on the tour and kept trying to push the tour on me, when he figured out I was on it he proceeded to say "well you could have told me so I could have saved my breath" ... I then proceeded to watch him be extremely pushy to other people walking around. Maybe just retrain your office staff on how they approach people and sale tours? I know people don't like being spoken down to or pushed into something. Maybe just tone it down Justin.

Other than that negative experience at the start of the tour, the rest of it was great and the guides saved it and my mood.

Good job guides, maybe more training Justin.
Written July 19, 2017
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contactpsgp
Montgomery, AL1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Our cruise was awesome, however the only real draw back was the JEEP excursion. We took a number of excursions, some canceled due to weather, but this one was purchased in advance. I have emailed my complaint to Denali Jeep Excursions about our MIS-adventure and was hoping for a response, but never heard from them after waiting 2 months. Needless to say the Jeep Tour was the low point of the trip. BELOW IS MY COMMENT TO THE COMPANY:

Guys, did your jeep tour over the labor day holiday and was extremely disappointed. Have been on dozens of cruises and excursions as by far, your tour has been the worst. If possible, I'd would really like a refund. 1. Since I have never been to Denali, I really thought this was an alternative to the bus rides INTO THE PARK. No, it's just a road that anybody can drive. 2. Speaking of anybody (and everybody), taking the tour on the opening weekend of hunting season is a bust. Why would any wildlife hang around Denali highway when it is lined with trucks, campers, atv and camp sites. The only wildlife we saw was a DEAD MOOSE on top a truck (thank goodness the grand kids didn't come!). I understand that wildlife cant be guaranteed, but even the whale watching excursion had a clause that stated they would refund a portion of the tour if we saw no whales... I am sorry, but a couple of beavers and ducks from a quarter mile off is pretty lame. 3. The tour guide (I hope jokingly) tried to claim two horses on the side of the rode as part of the wildlife tour... not to mention the drive back with a couple hours of corny "BEAR" bar jokes & Alaska Trivia... "shoot me now" was the mood in our jeep. I would seriously consider this evening a worthless 4 hours of time. I think there should have been some pre-excursion warning that stated, "guys, hunting season has opened and we probably wont see much of anything, but wall-to-wall trucks and hunting camps". Needless to say... we didn't enjoy the ride, and neither did the nice couple with us. I would not recommend is to anyone, and have been vocal about it since getting off the ship. Have contacted Princess Cruises and complained and they agreed that a tour during the first weekend of hunting is questionable.
Written November 11, 2016
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joseph y
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Don’t be a sucker like us. We did this tour July 2019 and was a waste of $$. You drive on public roads and never off road. You see more cars than wildlife. In fact all we saw was a beaver in a lake. The scenery is nice but gets boring after a while. You do not need the tour guides at all as you drive on Denali Highway so every where you go is an open public road. The guides were nice but did not maintain everybody well to keep moving along as we were always waiting on the same people taking a thousand pictures of nothing. Please don’t waste your money here. You are better off driving the free 15 mile road into Denali Park. We saw nothing on this tour but cars, dust, and mountains. This is no joke. Please save your money and spend it wiser.
Written July 19, 2019
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David W
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This trip is nothing that requires an off-road vehicle or experience, just driving in a Jeep with a group down the A4 (Parks Highway) to get to Route 8 (Denali Highway), then several miles eastward into the countryside and back again. The tour operators hype it up a bit, claiming that you’ll likely see wildlife along the way – which actually is a near impossibility as these routes a heavily-traveled public access roads, with much of the surrounding land native owned and open to anyone and everyone who would want to camp, hike, hunt or fish – not places where wildlife would be likely to hang out at all! Truthfully anyone would be far, far better off to spare the $170 per person charge for this tour – assuming you truly wanted to drive these routes in the first place -- it's pretty much a sure thing you could easily rent a car for significantly less than $150 for the half-day and drive this route entirely on your own. You'd still need to answer the bigger question -- Why?
Written June 25, 2019
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BaileyMia76
Ohio17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
I'll first say that we were very much looking forward to this excursion and thought it was going to be one of our favorites, but disappointingly it was not a favorite but the worst. There were 4 of us in our party and I am a previous jeep owner, we love jeeps and off roading. All four of us from 18-55 yrs old rated this as our least favorite excursion of the 9 excursions that we did.

We chose the jeeps to avoid the crowds on the buses into Denali, but looking back, we'd much rather have done that and that's saying a lot as we booked private tours most of our whole trip to avoid the crowds. Our first complaint is that the road you travel is almost exactly the same scenery as the car, bus or train trip up from Whittier! We drove up from Whittier and took the train back and it's really deja vu. Trees close up to the road, a lake and not a whole lot of difference. Then, once you turn around, you get to see the exact same scenery a second time. Our guide told us it would look different going back....Nope, looked the same. Our second complaint is how one guide wasted an incredible amount of what could have been drive time talking about himself and where he was from...blah, blah, blah, at each of the pull offs we stopped at. Oh my goodness, we are not paying over $40 an hour per person to hear about him! Some folks might like that but I'm paying to SEE and DRIVE a scenic route not to hear our guides autobiography. Also, there would be 3 or 4 groups sitting in or at their jeeps waiting to go to the next place while he was still chatting to the ones that would listen wasting our precious jeep and driving time- please stay attended to all the people in your tour!
Another waste of time was the "snack" stop which was a LONG stop of again, listening to him going on and on... only to be followed by a restroom stop a few minutes after. Why not give out the snacks at the restroom stop so we don't have to stop so often to hear people talk about themselves when we can accomplish that over the CB radio's? Get a hint when 1/2 your people are standing at the jeeps ready to go and your still yapping on to the few others that are listening.
We felt like since there was no wildlife to be seen, they were just trying to fill our time with fluff vs more driving. No one can fault them for no wildlife viewing, but come on, we aren't paying to hear your life story.
Now onto the wildlife, since most of the trees are right up against the road it's very hard to see past them to even try and see wildlife. However, our friends went on the Denali buses and said you see way more meadows and fields and they saw tons of wildlife from the buses. I asked our second guide about that and she said the animals in Denali are used to seeing buses and people and don't hide as much. Boy, I wish we knew that before hand. Our friends got to see a bear and her cubs, moose, and caribou and even though some were farther away, being that the trees by the road are more cleared, they are easier to spot. We only got to see a ground squirrel on our tour. Actually, we saw more wildlife on the road up to Denali than on this tour. We saw a bull moose, a female moose and a black bear all on our way up. So, our advice would be to save yourself time and money by seeing the same scenery on your way up via car, bus, train, then save the money and put it toward a helicopter tour, a longer bus ride into Denali which are less crowded, the husky homestead.... actually anything else would be a better use of your time and money.
Written July 28, 2017
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Scott T
Keswick, Canada25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Did the 4 hour self guided tour. Jeep was filthy when we got it. Someone else had used it before us, and it wasn't clean when we picked it up. Wasn't a huge deal until they charged us for a stone chip in the windshield that you couldn't see under the dirt in the initial inspection. We noticed the chip when we were about 5 to 10 min down the paved road. Since we were already about 20 min late due to waiting around for them to hand the Jeep over to us, we didn't turn around to report it. We are from out of country without working cell phones, so we didn't call. We pointed it out to them as soon as we returned. The manager was unwilling to listen to our concerns as he waved the waiver in our face saying that we have to pay to replace the windshield. He insisted that he had pictures (which we saw him take) that showed that there was no chip. He refused to show us the picture when I repeatedly asked to see it. In fact, he didn't even acknowledge that I was asking the question as he talked over me every time I asked to see the photo. Another employee agreed with us that we shouldn't be paying for the window. The manager told the employee off not only in front of us, but in front of all the other customers who were standing around us. I felt really bad for the employee who clearly saw that what the manager was doing was wrong.

The manager said that he is the one who cleans the jeeps, so I'm left to assume that either the previous group caused the stone chip, ( that couldn't be seen under the dirt on the window) or he was just trying to cover his own butt for not noticing it the last time he cleaned it.

Either way, I would steer clear of this company. You might have to pay to repair something that you didn't damage.
Written June 6, 2022
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I reviewed your rental and the previous rentals. We provide all renters the opportunity to walk around and inspect the Jeep prior to their rental, and notate on the rental agreement any damage or previous chips, just as all rental vehicle companies. Our staff takes pictures and notates any previous Jeep damage as well. Unfortunately, we do not any evidence of a rock chip on the windshield - from all previous check-ins and check-outs. Your blue Jeep is a 2022 model, almost brand new, with less than 1500 miles on it. It had only been rented a couple times prior to your rental. I also checked the vehicle tracker and noticed you took the Jeep on the Denali Highway. While this is allowed with our rentals, since it is a dirt road, the chance of rock chips on the windshield increases. After reviewing your pictures, the Jeep was not really dirty, as mentioned in Scott's review. The windows did have streaks on them, as our staff try their best to clean every Jeep after each rental but fight an uphill battle with all the dust and pollen currently in the air. Our company strives to provide a clean, new vehicle so guests can experience the Denali area on their own time and pace. For any renter, we recommend focusing on the check-out walkaround to notice any damage prior to leaving our rental site. Also, if the Jeep is not up to your cleanliness standards, please let us know prior to leaving with the Jeep, as we will provide a different Jeep.
Written June 8, 2022
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