The Tundra Wilderness Tour
The Tundra Wilderness Tour school bus was stupidly small and crowded to sold out capacity with tourists. It was designed for grade school students not adults and when an animal showed up outside, people were all assholes and elbows trying to get a photograph through the small windows. The bus driver usually kept the bus moving so as to allow all windows have a view, but good luck with using your camera. Out of 86 photos taken, only a few of mine turned out worth while. Hindsight being 20-20, it might have be better to choose the NPS shuttle bus. Although that is an even more primitive bus, it is also less likely to be crowded full to capacity and it certainly costs less than taking the TWT tour. Also, you can ride as far into the park route as you want to and more or less do it your way. Plan on bringing in your own food and water and packing out your own trash. The only thing better would be to drive your own vehicle, but our overpopulation has eroded that privilege in the national parks. This old codger remembers the enjoyment of DRIVING through Yellowstone and other National Parks!
Here is a complete screen controlled and printable map of Denali National Park by the National Park Service.
Dog sleds are used to patrol the park for poachers during the winter. The rangers were all set up to provide a show of their dogs and equipment. Click this link for a short movie clip: HuskyMush
Plan your own visit to Denali National Park.
After a two night stay at Denali National Park, it’s time to hit the rails again to head to Fairbanks, Alaska. Unfortunately, this is was a rainy day and good photography through the railcar windows was not an option.
Next Page: Discovery River Boat and Chena Village.