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“Had fun, but might not do it again”

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.
Reviewed September 18, 2012

I agree with other reviews that this tour is pricey at $140 each, but we had never driven a Jeep off road before and we didn't have a lot of other things to do the day we got to Denali. The next day we had an all day tour, so thought this would be fun. Having the two way communication was great as our guide Christopher was able to tell us how to take the big puddles (over 2' deep) and the ditches. Although our trip was without rain, the trail was muddy! The stop at Christopher's camp was nice, hearing his and Anna's tales of camping out there and tasting her stew, but I felt it was a little long. The tundra had turned to the fall colors and the Blue moon was rising as we headed back to base. Would we do it again? Probably not but did enjoy it.

Thank DesertGirl28
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

This excursion was fun. We went on a rainy/muddy day, which made the off-road experience much more fun. Lots of mud and water up over the doors in spots was pretty cool. It is rather expensive, but we purchased the groupon for our trip, so we got a 2 for 1 price deal. Don't know that I would have paid the full price for it, I just think that's too expensive for what you get, especially if it's good weather and just driving on a bumpy, dry dirt road. We shared our excursion with a group from New Zealand who were filming an advertisement video for the excursion. Little bit of a pain waiting around for the cameraman, but all in all, it was fun.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We didn't have this pre-planned but decided to try it. Everyone enjoyed it. The Jeep keeps you fully protected from the mud. Parts are a little boring but the middle part is great. Our guide clearly didn't love what he was doing but he was still a good guide. The CB radio between the cars works great. You are in control of your own Jeep. Next time we will try the ATVs though. They were on the same trail, and looked like a ton of fun.

Thank Auburn93
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Compared to the back country 4x4 I've done back home this is not any thing very special. At 139 per person I can think of better ways to spend my money in Alaska. Our guide Casey was very pleasant and friendly. There was one part of the trail the got hearts racing, and that section lasted all of 2 mins, the rest was pretty tame. I would skip this attraction next time and try something different.

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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.

1  Thank Mike1900067
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