Courtesy Shuttle Buses
There are three free bus services available in the park’s entrance area to facilitate visitor travel between the various visitor service buildings. They are called the Savage River Shuttle, the Riley Loop Shuttle and the Sled Dog Demonstration Shuttle.
The main entrance area bus stops are located at the north end of the Wilderness Access Center (WAC) and the Denali Visitor Center (DVC) bus stop - between the Alaska Railroad Depot and the Denali Visitor Center complex.
All entrance area shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible. All operate daily and are free.
Savage River Shuttle
At Savage River, visitors can hike the Savage River Loop Trail, picnic beside the river, or just enjoy the 2-hour round trip ride. Schedules vary during the season, so check at the WAC and DVC bus stops or information desks for departure times.
This is a perfect activity if you only have a couple of hours or don't have time to take one of the other shuttle rides further into the park.
Visitors may also access the Savage River Campground by taking this shuttle.
Riley Creek Loop Shuttle
Sled Dog Demonstration Shuttle
Unless you plan on walking the nearly 3 miles to the park kennels, this round trip transportation service is the only way to get to the park sled dog demonstration.
Did You Know?
Warmer temperatures have led to dramatic thawing of permafrost. Thaw releases carbon, as once-frozen materials decompose, but allows increased plant growth. Researchers in Denali are studying whether thawing permafrost will increase or decrease world-wide carbon emissions.