Getting on/off a motorcoach; on/off a railcar; on/off a bus. The train ride is about 120 miles, approximately 4 hours. The drive from Denali Depot to Denali Education Center is 10 miles. Walking 2 miles; wide, well-maintained gravel path, minimal elevation change.
After checking out of the resort, we will transfer to the train station via motorcoach and board the train. Enjoy sweeping views as we ride the 120 miles south to Denali National Park and Preserve. Along the way, we will hear from one of the railroad’s on-board interpreters about the history of the railroad and the area. From the depot, we will travel 10 miles by bus to the Denali Education Center (DEC), our home for the next five nights. The Denali Education Center is situated on a 10-acre campus that abuts the Nenana River which forms Denali National Park's eastern boundary
In DEC’s Riverside Hall, we’ll have a buffet lunch with lemonade, coffee, cold tea, water.
After lunch we'll have a brief orientation to the Denali Education Center campus and the area before getting your first opportunity to go on a guided hike in Denali National Park. We’ll board a bus and ride 10 miles by bus to the Visitor Center Campus and the McKinley Station Trail for our first hike. This 2-mile wide gravel trail traverses the area that was at one time the Park’s original township. We’ll get oriented to Denali National Park and start learning about its rich natural history. Returning to DEC late afternoon, grandparents and grandkids can settle into their rooms to freshen up and relax, explore our 10-acre campus, or find board games and additional resources in Riverside Hall until dinner.
In Riverside Hall, we’ll have a buffet dinner featuring healthy and balanced home-cooked foods; lemonade, coffee, cold tea, water included. Snacks such as toast, fruit, and granola bars are available at all times.
We’ll gather to hear the schedule of evening activities while in Denali. You'll also learn about what free time activities are available during the scheduled "free time". This evening we'll offer games for grand kids, grandparents are welcome to join!