Off-road recreation is a niche in Alaska adventuring
There are places in Alaska that are best reached with the aid of some horsepower. And for those who hiking isn’t an option, or for those who enjoy a good off-road adventure, there are plenty of outfitters willing to show you the way.
Two of the best include Denali ATV Adventures, in Healy, which also operates an off-road Jeep adventure busines
s too; and Cache Creek Adventures, based in Petersville and only a short drive from Wasilla.
“Alaska is known as ‘the Last Frontier,’ ” said Kyle Davis, vice president and founder of Denali ATV Adventures. “All-terrain vehicles and off-road vehicles are a great way to get out in the Alaska wilderness and explore places that would otherwise be unreachable.”
Denali ATV operates in the areas surrounding Denali National Park and as such gets visitors from all over the world and of all ages and abilities. The company, in operation since 2007, said the ATV tours are a great way for people to see areas of Alaska that are off the tourist-track.
Their guided tours require no previous experience although experienced riders are also accommodated with more challenging trips.
We do see tons of wildlife on our tours – mainly moose,” Davis said. “Grizzly bear sightings are not as frequent, but that’s not a bad thing. Bears feel more threatened by the ATVs than moose do.”
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nchorage, Rebecca Charles and Gloria Andrew run Cache Creek Adventures, in Petersville. Their off-road tours cater toward the client’s specific desires. A typical full-day ATV tour, with an excursion into gold-mining country – and gold panning as well – runs about $495 per person.
“We also have three-seater (vehicles) so that nondrivers can join in on the adventure,” Charles said.
Charles, who has guided for more than 10 years, said all of her company’s tours are private, which she has found is a favorite among visitors.
“Our tours are tailored directly to our clients’ abilities and personal preferences so we can offer an amazing trip for any level of rider,” she added. In the winter, her tours shift to snowmachines, so no matter the time of year, there is an outing to be had.
“There is no better way to experience the scenery, spirit and beauty of Alaska than on an ATV or snowmachine,” she said. “It allows our clients to experience some of the most untouched places in the country.
“We frequently see moose, bear and small game, and sometimes we are lucky enough to also find some gold in our pans!”