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Best of Alaska Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari
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Owner description: *CLOSED FOR 2016* Alaska Travel Adventures:You and your fellow adventurers will take the wheel of 4-WD Jeep Wranglers® and follow your guide on a spectacular off-road journey into Denali’s backcountry. Your adventure begins near the entrance to Denali National Park where you meet your guide, receive your orientation and Jeep® assignment.Your destination is the Stampede Road. Once called the Stampede Trail, and not shown on most Alaska maps, this road was carved out of the wilderness by early miners working the area’s Kantishna gold fields and antimony mine. The Stampede Road gained notoriety recently in the motion picture, Into The Wild, directed by Sean Penn. This is the very same road that young Christopher McCandless, subject of the book, took to enter the wild. The first few miles of the Stampede Road are paved, but beyond this point your guide will lead you along some very primitive roadway providing you with plenty of bumps and dips and sways. Your Jeep Wrangler® carries four guests, and there will be ample opportunity to switch drivers so everyone can enjoy the thrill of maneuvering along this wilderness road.Interactive two-way radios allow your guide to explain the area’s rich history, point out interesting sights along the way, plus provide tips on the condition of the road ahead! Throughout the trip, you’ll be able to ask the guide questions and share the experience with your fellow drivers.Don’t forget your camera! On a clear day you may have the opportunity to see Mt. McKinley. Also, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings…this is habitat for moose, foxes, caribou and bears. You’ll enjoy a hearty Alaskan snack before wending your way back to civilization with lots of stories to share with friends and hopefully some great pictures as well.
Central New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Just "Eh"...”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

We don't get many opportunities to drive a 4x4 Jeep on bumpy off-road conditions. So that was fun, especially for the kids. However, it was a disappointing that we only drove 6 miles out, stopped at a "camp site", got eaten by mosquitoes, and drove back the same 6 mile road we came in on. (At least the mosquitoes got a snack, because there was nothing for us.) Most of the road was a dusty trail with no significant views or wild life.

Do this once to get off your bucket list, then move on and don't look back. It certainly wasn't worth the money.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Mike1900067
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Lebanon, New Jersey
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127 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Fun for the whole family”
Reviewed September 4, 2011

We had three generations on this backcountry jeep tour and they all loved it! The kids especially enjoyed the bumps and wondering if we were going to get stuck in the mud. At the halfway point they stop and give you a snack of stew, which was quite tasty.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank VanDo
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San Diego, CA
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“wouldn't do it again!”
Reviewed July 6, 2011

Our jeep drive down Stampede Rd was OK. You might enjoy the rugged roads with bumps, dips and mud holes if you've never done anything like this before. Our tour guide didn't have a lot of personality but kept the communication going over a two-way radio with some interesting bits of information.........and challenged us with some trivia questions on the way back.

Our destination was the camp of a nice young man that had coffee, flat bread and a bowl of stew ready for us. After 20-30 minutes of standing around the campfire eating and visiting we returned to our starting point going down the same road we came in on. The only wildlife we saw was a rabbit.

At $139 each this "adventure" was definitely overpriced and we wouldn't do it again!

Visited May 2011
3 Thank tjtany
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Durham, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Thoroughly Disappointed!”
Reviewed June 27, 2011

We were so excited about this excursion on our recent trip to Denali National Park. We have taken jeep excursions on other trips and enjoyed every minute of them. If you enjoy driving a 4-wheel drive jeep down a sometimes muddy and sometimes dusty one-lane road, then this might interest you. We drove about 12 miles down Stampede Road through mud holes and mostly wooded areas. Finally, we stopped at a camp that was set up by the tour company. There we were served beef stew and lemonade/coffee. The man who ran the camp was very nice and interesting to talk to. We stayed there about 20 minutes, then returned back down the same road. The only wildlife we saw were mosquitos! The drive from Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge to Denali was much prettier! Our friends took the 9-hour bus trip into the park and saw several bears, moose, foxes, sheep, eagles, etc. Wish we had gone with them!!

Visited June 2011
10 Thank yarhd
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