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Flightseeing Plane Taking Off on Chelatna Lake

Flightseeing Denali National Park

The best way to experience the grandeur of the park is to add on a flightseeing trip. From the air you can see the true breadth of Denali, fly over some of the state’s largest glaciers, and truly comprehend what 6 million acres of untouched wilderness looks like. On a clear day you also might catch a glimpse of a group of climbers summiting a peak, or a grizzly walking a ridge line. Visit the Start Your Adventure page to learn more about pricing. 

The Experience

We strongly suggest a Denali flightseeing tour as an addition to either your arrival or departure flight into Chelatna Lake. Our flightseeing partner offers a 1-hour flightseeing tour past Chelatna Lake Lodge into the national park.   

As you journey toward Denali from Anchorage, be prepared for breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains. As you ascend towards Denali itself, you’ll be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of some of the world’s largest icefalls. A highlight includes circling over the remote base camp where mountaineers prepare for their ascent of Denali. The flight may also feature sightings of Mount Foraker, Mount Russell, and Mount Hunter, the three next largest peaks in the Alaska Range. Whether it’s the dramatic 6,000-foot granite walls of the Ruth Amphitheater, the picturesque Toklat River basin or wide expanse of endless tundra, you’re bound to uncover the grandeur of the park and capture moments that will stay with you for a lifetime. 

Mount Denali & Basecamp

On every flightseeing trip, our pilots aim to fly past the tallest peak on the North American continent–Denali. Soaring 20,310 feet into the sky, it will captivate even the most skeptical family member. Its summit never reaches above freezing temperatures, and the coldest known ambient temperature at the summit was recorded at -77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whether you’re marveling at the awe-inspiring Wickersham Wall on the north face, a colossal 15,000-foot ascent making it one highest vertical inclines in the world, or listening tales of a 12-year-old climber who conquered its summit, the mountain is fabled of stories and tragedies that have befallen those bold enough to climb it. Denali National Park’s bookstore offers a great list of Best-Selling Novels that might pique your interest and provide some more perspective.


Unfortunately Denali weather can have a mind of its own, so in the event that the Denali flightseeing tour needs to be canceled due to weather, you will receive a full refund of the tour add-on price. Our pilots and lodge staff prioritize safety protocols, and flights won’t proceed in unpredictable conditions. For all inquiries, please contact us directly. We are happy to guide you through a variety of our fly out options and assist with travel accommodations.