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Denali Outdoor Center
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Canyon Run Whitewater Rafting in Denali National Park
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Do it, it's worth the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful time rafting with Dylan, our awesome guide! The river is really cold, and I suggest jumping in with your suit on, it is quite a rush! Also, we were not cold, and everyone who works their are really friendly! This is a must-do at denali!

Visited August 2013
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Buckeye, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Ride the Bull!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

Great river rafting experience! Did the 1/2 day paddle trip. Our guide, Al, was excellent. Personable, great stories and gave our group an awesome experience. All staff were helpful, friendly, knowledgeable.

Visited July 2013
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Hammond, Louisiana
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Friendly staff, beautiful views, cold water!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

Extremely friendly and fun staff. Had a great time and I highly recommend this company. I did the Scenic Wilderness tour. It was quite relaxed but still exciting. If you're looking for a more exciting, hard core adventure don't do the scenic wilderness but still go through this company.

Visited August 2013
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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Had a blast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Since it was my husband and two daughters (ages 8 and 10), and none of them had been water rafting before, we did the scenic float with the Denali Outdoor Center team. Even though it was really crowded and they had three different groups going out about the same time, the process for getting us through the paperwork and suited up for our white water adventure was quick and seamless. They had staff there to help you get suited up and the the wetsuits definitely keep you dry. I expected a pretty calm ride, but even with the scenic float, there were a few class 2 rapids, and my family loved it. We were with a group who wanted to the kids to have a good time, so they let us have the front of the raft and it was awesome. We even saw a Caribou standing on the beach drinking from the river. The guide was knowledgeable and kept us safe. I highly recommend this for families who want a bit of adventure, but aren't ready for the higher class rapids. Even you're looking for a trip where you won't get splashed, this isn't the one for you. However, even if you get splashed, you'll be dry because of the awesome wetsuits.

Visited July 2013
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Bill O, Owner at Denali Outdoor Center, responded to this review, August 1, 2013
Thanks for the great review! Whitewater rafting is really an awesome activity for families with multi-generations sharing an outdoor experience. We're glad to hear Johnny did a fine job and everyone had a fun time on the river with Denali Outdoor Center.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Great White Water Rafting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our guide, Johnny, did a wonderful job with our group. We were three teenagers, three adults, and two seniors who were on their first trip. We went on the last tour at 6:30 pm and had great weather for the duration of the trip. Johnny was very informative about the area and did a great job managing our raft. We went through some pretty tricky rapids, and no one fell out! Definitely be prepared to get wet on this ride. You will receive a dry suit to keep most of your body dry, and booties, as well as a helmet. The white water rafting is fun and adventurous and the views are unbelievable.

Visited July 2013
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