Chulitna Gorge

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Chulitna Gorge

Approximately 3 1/4 hours
Price From
$169.95 Adult
$119.95 Child
  • Snack Included
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Off the Beaten Path
  • Shopping Opportunities

Your journey aboard the fully-enclosed jet boat includes an awe-inspiring 60-mile river adventure that glides along three rivers that offers panoramic views of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley). As the jet boat cruises through the natural wonderland of spruce, birch and cottonwood trees, be sure to keep your eyes open and camera ready for the occasional birds and animals that call this area home. Alaska is one of four areas in the world that has an extensive braided river system! While on the Chulitna River, enjoy the uniqueness of a braided river that has no definitive delta and changes daily, with gravel bars scattered all about, as well as the beauty of a picturesque rock wall canyon. Next, stop ashore and take a leisurely ¼-mile stroll to an authentic trapper’s cabin and a historically accurate encampment of the region’s original inhabitants, the Dena’ina Indians. Your river adventure concludes on the banks of the Chulitna River just one mile from the lodge.

Special Note

Tour departs from Talkeetna. Transportation to excursion provided by the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Talkeetna Shuttle. Guests will be dropped off at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge upon completion of the tour. During heavy fog or inclement weather, this will be a round-trip Talkeetna tour requiring you to take the Talkeetna Shuttle back to the lodge. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress in warm layers. Bring a camera. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed. Tour will operate rain or shine.


An array of optional tours are available at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. To add an activity to your stay, please visit the Tour Desk upon arrival at the lodge.  If you are booked on a Denali rail tour, you may call 1-800-426-0500 to book an excursion in advance.


Alaska Land Excursions, purchased through the Cruise Personalizer, may be cancelled up to three days prior to travel without any cancellation fees. Land Excursions cancelled prior to the cancellation deadline will be refunded to the credit card that you provided in the Cruise Personalizer to purchase your tours. Excursions cancelled within three (3) days prior travel are subject to a 100% cancellation fee, unless the operator, at their sole discretion, is unable to operate the program due to unforeseen circumstances. All sales of tours booked while on your land tour are considered final at the time of purchase and are 100% non-refundable except in the case of an operator approved cancellation.