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“The hub for all your tours in Denali National Park”

Wilderness Access Center
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is where you purchase tickets and catch the buses for all the park tours. During season, be sure to reserve your tour ahead of time.

We took the 8 hour tour to Eilson, saw plenty of wildlife and although eight hours on a bus sounds daunting, there are numerous stops, facilities available and a comeraderie amongst fellow passengers. Take food and drinks, there is no place to purchase them along the way.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

can get crowded with people waiting for shuttle buses, and people ordering,picking up tickets. food offerings pretty standard, bit overpriced. shuttle buses from local hotels stop here often which is convenient. riley creek shuttle takes you to visitor center about 1-2 miles away. a key stop for people going to the backcountry.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Although the service there is very good and there is a place where you can buy snacks and drinks, be aware that they don't sell bottled water. So either you bring your own water bottle and refill at the water refill area that they have or you buy your bottled water before you get there to take your tour.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Departure point for tours/shuttles into the park, efficiently deals with the masses of visitors! Friendly staff.

Thank Nellymo
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Took the Denali Taxi at 5:30am to the Wilderness Access Center in Denali NP. The driver was on time and very talkative. The 6am shuttle to Eielsen Visitor Center left on time. We opted out of the Princess Natural History (see nothing) tour of Denali. It was $99 and only went 17 miles into the park. Our original schedule trip was for 1pm. Wanting to see as many animals as possible we knew the early bus was the way to go. The shuttle was $44 each and we got to see 66 beautiful miles in the cool morning. We saw – in order of appearance – a porcupine, ptarmigan, moose, bear, momma brown bear and cubs carefree running in the meadow, caribou and wolf (wolf stalking the caribou) more caribou, more bears. All animals were within 100 yeards of the road (except for momma bear and cubs). We also saw Dall sheep up on the mountain tops (tiny dots). As we heard the Princess tour only saw a moose. Polychrome Overlook was fantastic with the morning sun enhancing the colors of the hills. And Stony Hill, our first great view of the mountain, was magnificent. Breath-taking views! The mountain stayed fairly clear for us the entire time we were at the Eielsen Visitor Center. What great viewpoints and display at the center. Wish we could have stayed here all day. But, after a quick bite to eat (brought our own sandwiches) in an inside eating area, we were back on the bus (#559 with Mike Riggenbach) for the journey back. Mike was very good with pointing out the campgrounds, stream crossings, mountains in the distance and updates on how long until the next stop. 1 hour and 20 minutes goes by fast. He was patient to let us view and photograph the animals and when others did not return on time. He was courteous, friendly, polite and safe and very likeable. It is very important to go early – you can sleep at home. We saw 7 moose in one spot, but on the way back (in the afternoon) there were not any. The day we were there was sunny and dry, which makes the road very dusty. If you plan to hike along the road you may want to be prepared for the dry, dusty conditions. The bus seats are much more comfortable than school bus bench seats. Don't be discouraged to take a shuttle!!!

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