A Unique Day Trip Into Denali National Park

We invite you to hop aboard a Cessna 206 single-engine aircraft with no more than four fellow adventurers for an once-in-a-lifetime 35 minute flightseeing tour into the heart of Denali National Park.

Upon landing you’ll board a shuttle into the historic gold mining district of Kantishna for a day of exploration, sightseeing, and activities of your choice.

The Kantishna Experience

2024 Season

Operating Dates: June 4 – September 14

$840 per person includes round trip flightseeing + the Kantishna Experience.

Our tour operates on Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
(No tours available on Monday or Friday).

Tour departs from and returns to Denali Air, Mile 229.5 Parks Highway

  • Check in: 8:45am
  • Departure time: 9:15am
  • Return time: 4:15pm

Are you interested in a longer stay? Learn more about 3, 4 & 7 night packages at Kantishna Roadhouse.


Your knowledgeable pilot will share the biology, geology, and history of the region with you as you travel deep into Denali National Park and Preserve. On your 35 minute flight, you will take in the Alaska Range of mountains, Mt. Denali, the rivers, the lakes, the tundra, and the overall vast expanse of wilderness offering an inspirational glimpse into untouched Alaskan nature. If the weather is clear, you might even have a chance to see Denali, the tallest mountain in North America and a treasured Alaskan landmark.


Your pilot and Naturalist Guide in Kantishna will let you know whenever wildlife come into view. With enough attention and patience, you may be able to see the magnificent creatures of Denali National Park and Preserve in their native habitat.


Enjoy lunch at the exclusive Kantishna Roadhouse, on the banks of Moose Creek. You will discover a piece of Alaska’s gold rush history, and the warm hospitality of the Roadhouse staff as you enjoy a tasty soup and sandwich lunch served in the dining area.

The original Roadhouse at Kantishna was built in 1918, and served as a private residence, a community center, post office and informal hotel accommodations. Many nights were spent spinning tales of the Alaskan trail over a hot cup of coffee and a hearty meal. You can still see the “original” Roadhouse and other remnants of the past around our property.


After lunch, you’re invited to try your luck at panning for gold in Moose Creek or join other guests on a guided nature trail hike. If you prefer solitude, you may explore the historic grounds or simply put your feet up and relax on the deck of the lodge and immerse yourself in the natural scenery. After lunch activities, the shuttle will bring you to Wonder Lake, the most pristine area to view Mt. Denali, weather permitting. After Wonder Lake self-exploration, the shuttle will bring you to the Kantishna Airport for your flight back to Denali Air.

Guest Experience Videos

Kantishna Grounds
3 Bears
Gold Panning
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