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“Loved the Kantishna experience.”

Kantishna Wilderness Trails
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Owner description: Visit Denali National Park and travel in comfort through the most scenic road in North America – Alaska's Denali Park Road. We escort you into the heart of Denali on a full-day, round-trip guided adventure through Denali Park and into the Kantishna Historical District.Visitors will be treated to a hot lunch and activities at the Roadhouse. See wildlife, Mt. McKinley and everything that makes Denali National Park a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Reviewed September 8, 2012

This is the best way to get across the park in a vehicle. During our bus ride there we spotted, Moose head butting, grizzly bears playing, a fox crossing the road, beautiful fall colors, and a seldom view of Mountain Denali. Learning about the early days of the park and Fannie Quigley's role in the early history of the area was as memorable as any of the wildlife though.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

My wife and I took this tour as part of our 47th wedding anniversary celebration. Our tour guide, Kevin, has a wealth of knowledge about Denali. We visited the entire length of the park road and saw bears, moose, wolves, eagles, caribou, and dall sheep. The vistas were beautiful. The two-hour lunch stop at Kantishna Roadhouse was great.

1  Thank MrMissile
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

Long trip on a bus, but we saw lots of wildlife. The guide that we had has been doing this tour for 11 years. He came prepared with his own private library of a dozen or so books that peple could leaf through. Needless to say, he kew a LOT about local flora and fauna.

There were Dahl sheep that came ride up to the side of the road and did not move. We left them to let other buses get to see them as well. Another time a large moose decided to amble onto the road and we had to drive very slowly behind it for another 5-10 minutes until he slowly walzed off the road and into the brush. Foxes, ptarmigan, caribou, many Dahl sheep and multiple moose came close to the road, but binoculars or a zoom camera are an absolute must. This bus tour is a waste without them. We saw grizzly bears at a bit more of a distance.

We got to see Mt. McKinley during a 30 min window during which the clouds parted. But park rangers told us that the mountain is rarely visible in the summer months.

There are only a few stops in each direction to and from the Kintasha Roundhouse. We did not mind because there was plenty of wildlife, and when there was no wildlife the scenery was amazing. But I can see how this may be torture for younger children of if you do not see wildlife. Apparently, cooler weather is better than a sweltering day, and an overcast day is better than rain. But you are rolling the dice. It is Denali, so very hot days are rare. But rain is always a possibility.

Once we got to the Roundhouse there was a 2 hour break. We had lunch and then were given options, including a 45 nature hike, a dog sled exhibition, and other interesting (to me) stuff. The dog sled exhibition was a 30 min animated lecture by a grizzled and hilarious native Alaskan who "rescues" sled dogs that are more difficult to train. He knew massive amounts and was a lot of fun to listen to. Then he demonstrated how he trains sled dogs in the summer by hitching them to an ATV, putting the ATV into neutral and then having the dogs pull the ATV.

You should be aware that the biggest downside of this bus tour is that you do not get an opportunity to hike in the park unless you take the walking tour at Kintashna Roadhouse. You will only get to see Denali from a bus window or from an overlook at one of the few stops.

4  Thank Hillel C
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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

This was the most boring thing we did in Alaska. You have to get on the bus before 7AM and then you just drive into the park hoping to see animals. Because it was a nice sunny day, there were hardly any animals to be seen and the ones we did see were very far off and you need binoculars to see. The driver talks to you most of the way, but our driver wasn't very exciting and put me to sleep. After being on the bus for 7 hours you arrive at a lodge 91 miles into the park for lunch. However, it was just a bowl of Minestrone soup and a small cold turkey wrap. Not very filling. You can then either listen to a dog sledding talk or go panning for gold. The 1.5 hours at the lodge is the best part and then you get back on the bus for another 5 hours. You can fly out with Kantishna Air Taxi for $225 per person. We did that because I didn't want to get back in the bus, but I do NOT reccomend that (see separate review).

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We went to the Kantishna Roadhouse by bus that left at 06;00 AM. It was a long day and a long ride and it was cold, wet and raining and some yahoo had to have the window open but on getting to the road house, hot soup and hot tea soon revived me. The staff were very good, especially the yoga instructor who was very personable and well informed on the area and its perks.
We did not go panning for gold but opted to sit by the fire. The meal was satisfying and part of the tour so no extra costs needed to be applied other that tipping the guide. The fellow was very well informed on the history and the wildlife and very accomodating in letting us take oodles of pictures of the wildlife and scenery. This is the way to see Denali if you're not up to hiking for days and days and days.

1  Thank Silveralder
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