Denali Backcountry Adventures

Denali-Backcountry-Adventures-1June 2-6, 2014
Tuition: $350

Program Overview

Denali Backcountry Adventures (DBA) is a week-long backpacking trip for high school students interested in exploring Denali’s vast wilderness.  DBA is open to students entering high school (9th-12th grades) in the fall. No prior experience is necessary – if you are adventurous, have a positive attitude, and are interested in improving your wilderness and leadership skills, this camp will be the highlight of your summer!


To provide local high-school students with quality learning experiences through an extended expedition in the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve.


  • Provide an opportunity for students to experience the wilderness of Denali National Park and Preserve.
  • Promote understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the subarctic ecosystem.
  • Develop and hone outdoor leadership skills.
  • Cultivate backcountry skills and methods consistent with National Park Service standards.
  • Create a physically, mentally, and emotionally safe environment for students to challenge themselves.
  • Develop an atmosphere that encourages students to equate learning with fun.


Denali-Backcountry-Adventures-2The staff of Denali Backcountry Adventures is a supportive team that works together with a shared vision to provide students a fun, informative adventure in Denali National Park and Preserve.  We pride ourselves on creating an engaging learning atmosphere in an outdoor setting with a student to instructor ratio of four-to-one.

Backpacking in Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve provides a stunning classroom for studying undisturbed taiga and tundra and experiencing firsthand an untrammeled wilderness.  Denali is unique in its backcountry management procedures and has few established routes or backcountry campsites. Traveling in this environment requires that we design our own adventure by choosing the route.  Along with this opportunity comes the responsibility to protect the wilderness resource for future users by adhering to the principles of Leave No Trace.


Registration begins on Monday, April 14, at 9:00 a.m. Denali Borough residents will be given preference, and non-residents will be placed on a waiting list. On Tuesday, April 22, non-local residents on the wait list will be added as space allows. Any remaining spaces will be assigned first-come, first-serve. Register online (a registration link from this page will be made live on April 14) or call the office at 683-2597. Space may be reserved by credit card or check in the mail commitment beginning April 14.

2013 Student Video

Students of the 2013 Denali Backcountry Adventures celebrated the Centennial Climb of Denali with some special activities, including a flight to the Kahiltna Glacier base camp! This video shares a few student highlights from the 2013 Denali Backcountry Adventures experience. Group activities change from year to year.

Program Documents