Soak Up the Thrill and the Beauty
Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience – Alaska whitewater rafting on the glacially-fed Nenana River with Explore Denali Rafting. Enjoy stunningly beautiful scenery and your choice of exciting whitewater Alaska rafting or a tranquil mild whitewater trip. Whichever trip you choose, you'll get to see a part of Alaska you can't explore any other way.
The Nenana River Canyon
The Canyon Run and Paddle Run raft excursions navigate Denali’s most exciting whitewater rafting through the Nenana River Canyon. This challenging watercourse descends through 11 miles of spectacular scenery and geology. Over this descent, guests encounter 10 named rapids ranging from Class III to Class IV ratings. Between the whitewater sections are mildly-flowing stretches allowing guests to take in the steep landscapes and search for dall sheep or moose. All guests are outfitted with specially designed drysuits that allow everyone to experience the splashes without the mess. These suits keep you dry so that you can wear whatever you like underneath on you Alaska rafting trip. There is always the potential for wildlife sightings along much of the river corridor.
The Paddle Run: Guided & Exhilarating – You help with the paddling
The Paddle Run gets everyone involved with the navigation and propulsion of the raft on their Alask rafting trip. Participants grab a paddle and receive detailed instruction on how to work on the crew to successfully navigate the rapids. Just remember that it takes a lot of work to paddle and really should be the excursion of choice for those with prior whitewater paddling experience or plenty of muscle and lungs to do the job. Exciting Alaska whitewater rafting action using paddles to navigate same class III & IV rapids as in the Canyon Run. A fun challenge! Minimum age 16.
The Canyon Run: Guided & Exhilarating – We do the work
The Canyon Run is an oar-guided trip with the guide doing all the navigation and interpretation on this Alaska rafting trip. Guests simply hold on and enjoy the ride upon our 18 foot, self-bailing inflatable rafts. This option makes it ideal for most anyone to experience our Alaska whitewater rafting thrills, even if they’ve never rafted before. Experience class III & IV rapids on this exciting trip along 11 miles through steep walled canyons with 10 exhilarating rapids. Minimum age 11.
Wilderness Float Trip - Sit Back and Enjoy the Scenery
Take time to enjoy the scenery on this mild whitewater excursion as you float 13 miles of the Upper Nenana River. The river will carry you from one incredible sight to another. Your experienced guide will skillfully maneuver the raft as you sit back and let the beauty of nature seep in. This is prime wildlife habitat, so you’ll be on the look-out for bear, moose, caribou, lynx, Dall sheep and a host of smaller animals. Your guide will enthusiastically showcase points of interest, offer insights into the natural history of Denali National Park and surrounding areas. You will also be entertained with interesting tales of local legends. This is one of the best ways to connect with nature and experience wild Alaska!
Each trip is approximately two hours on the water with a total tour time of about three - four hours. We provide experienced river guides and all equipment and safety gear, including professional-grade dry suits. Don't miss the Outdoor Alaskan Adventure and Experience—an awesome Nenana River journey with Explore Denali Rafting. Convenient courtesy hotel departures available morning, afternoon and evening.
BRING: Waterproof cameras, extra socks, warm clothes.
2016 Dates of Operation
May 20 - September 15
Hours of Operation
Each run operates 3 times per day: 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 6:00 PM.
Beginning August 27th, all 6:00 PM trips depart at 5:30 PM.
RATES: $99.00 Adults / $49.50 Children (11-15 years)
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