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Riley Creek camgpround bus stop
At the designated bus stops, you'll find a shelter like this (at the Riley Creek Campground overflow parking). Bus schedules for the various routes are posted on all such shelters, and the drivers are also familiar with most of the routes. Past the Savage River checkpoint, such constructions disappear altogether, to preserve the pristine appearance of the park. Buses run regularly between Riley Creek and the visitor center, and between the visitor center and Savage Creek campground.
one camper bus to another
Denali runs a series of buses, all having varying routes. The camper bus is actually a cheaper means to reach the end of the park road than the tour bus, and reservations (or spaces) are easier to come by. Camper buses run several times daily from the visitor center to Wonder Lake and back. Campers and hikers should tell the driver the section in which to drop them off. When you want to come back out, return to the park road and wave the next one down. Be aware though that buses are sometimes full, so a party might have to wait a few hours for the next one to come by (rarely, but sometimes overnight). The fee is $22.50 (+ $5 park admission, so $27.50) to "enter" the park on the campus bus (i.e. to drive past the Savage River checkpoint).
Denali depot, Alaska Railroad
In the summer, Alaska Railways visits the park twice daily from Anchorage, but trains run at least daily all year round. Round-trips cost about $250, linking a station inside the park entrance with a platform adjacent to the Anchorage International Airport. Though the cost is cheaper than the average car rental, the trains give little or no flexibility. Strict timetables are observed on the rail, but there are few ways better to see the Alaskan interior.
Phone: 1-800-544-0552 or 1-907-265-2494
one bus or another -- unless you walk or pedal
Alaska Park Tours offers a wide spectrum of bus and rafting excursions throughout the Alaskan park system. For almost three times the cost of the park's concessionaire bus ride to the end of the park road (Wonder Lake), visitors can travel by air conditioned coach through the park while listening to narratives on wildlife and vegetation. Certain tours cover just the "tundra wildlife" and others venture to Kantishna Roadhouse for a dinner and "interpretive activities."
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