One of the more dramatic ways to tour Denali National Park and Preserve is from the window of a small aircraft. From the air, park visitors can take in the enormity and diversity of the park landscape - soaring over gentle foothills, along meandering glaciers, up to the rugged peaks of the Alaska Range. In addition to the stunning scenery, flightseers can often catch glimpses of mountaineers en route to the high summits.

aerial view of mountains and glaciers
The Alaska Range

NPS Photo / Kent Miller

The majority of flightseeing companies, including both fixed wing and helicopter operations, are based in the communities immediately surrounding the park such as Talkeetna, Denali Park, Healy, and Kantishna. Some flight tours also originate in Anchorage and Fairbanks. A variety of routes and itineraries are available, weather permitting. Some operators offer flight tours year-round.

For an enhanced flightseeing experience, visitors can opt to land on one of the park glaciers aboard a ski-equipped airplane. Enjoy a unique opportunity for a mid-summer snowball fight, or for the more experienced, an overnight glacier adventure. Due to variable snow conditions, glacier landings are primarily offered during the spring and summer months.

The following flightseeing concessionaires are permitted to land aircraft on glaciers in Denali National Park:

Other companies who are permitted to operate within parts of Denali (view the latest list here):

  • Denali Air, (907) 683-2261 — Operates out of the Denali area, provides flightseeing tours and air taxi services to the Kantishna Airstrip.
Private pilots interested in flying in the park should consult the pilot information page for recommended reporting points, airstrip locations, and other flight planning assistance.

Last updated: March 28, 2024

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