Scenic Wave Raft Trip






Canyon Wave Raft Trip






On the Canyon Wave Raft Tour, you'll journey through 11 miles of awesome rapids on the Nenana River with spectacular views of Denali National Park gems, like Mount Healy and the Nenana Canyon. Join the team as a Paddle Rafter or play it cool and be an Oar Boat Rider- whatever floats your boat.

Enjoy a gorgeous tour along the natural boundary of Denali National Park. On the Scenic Wave Raft Tour, you'll glide through 11 miles of glacially carved valleys and amazing vistas with panoramic views of Mount Fellows and Sugarloaf Mountain. Although you'll encounter the occasional rapid, this option is mellow enough for the whole family.

AGES                5 +

CHECK-IN       8:00am and 1:30pm 

                    3-3.5 hours start to finish 

LOCATION      Denali National Park, Alaska

RIVER              Nenana River

LEVEL              Class II-III rapids

PRICING         $75 Ages (5-9)

                    $100 (10+)


Wave Train Raft Trip






Enjoy the best of both worlds! After experiencing breathtaking views of the Scenic Wave section, continue downstream and raft through action-packed rapids on the Canyon Wave section, for a total of 22 miles. We recommend this trip for parties of 8 or more who want an all day adventure.

AGES               12 + (14 +to paddle) 

CHECK-IN       8:00am and 1:30pm 

                    5-5.5 hours start to finish

LOCATION      Denali National Park, Alaska

RIVER              Nenana River

LEVEL              Class III-IV rapids

PRICING         $160

AGES               12+ (14 + to paddle) 

CHECK-IN       8:00am, 10:00am, 3:30pm,

                    and 7:00 pm

                    3-3.5 hours start to finish 

LOCATION      Denali National Park, Alaska

RIVER              Nenana River

LEVEL              Class II-III rapids

PRICING         $100 



On May 19th, Governor Dunleavy of Alaska announced that he is confident in moving forward with the reopening of the state, based on the state’s current case count. On Friday, May 22, most coronavirus restrictions on Alaska businesses will be lifted. 

Our 2020 Season for Denali Rafting Trips will begin on June 1st

At New Wave Adventures, the safety of our staff and valued guests has always been our first priority, and we will remain diligent in our safety and sanitation processes throughout the season. 



What are the differences?


This option allows you to play it cool and ride along. With an Oar Boat Rider, you can hold on and enjoy the adventure as your guide navigates you downriver. This option allows rafting in Alaska to be feasible for almost anyone. In an oar boat, guests are less likely to fall out because they are holding on. Both options – the Oar Rider and the Paddle Rafter – will be on the same stretch of river, running the same waves.


This option allows you to heat it up and actively paddle through the waves with your guide. We ask that guests are 15 years of age or older to paddle. In a paddle raft, you'll ride with a professional guide steering you from the back, while you and your team paddle together. There are plenty of breaks from paddling for you to relax and enjoy the views of Denali National Park.

The Paddle Rafter demands a higher activity level than riding along in an oar boat. This option is the best for the more adventurous crowd.


Reservations are strongly encouraged as trips can book quickly and some will sell-out in advance.

Please inquire about discounts. We offer very competitive pricing and have a variety of pre-season, military, group rates.

Custom trip times for 15 + groups

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Customers can be picked up at the provided list of hotels. Please wait in the front lobby of the hotel with a voucher. 

8 am Scenic Wave 

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 7:15 am

  • Denali Park Village 7:20 am 

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 7:25 am

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 7: 30 am

  • Grand Denali Hotel 7:40 am

  • Denali Bluffs 7:50 am

  • Princess Lodge 7:55 am 

  • McKinley Chalets 8 am

10 AM Canyon Wave

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 9:15 am

  • Denali Park Village 9:20 am

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 9:25 am

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 9:30 am 

  • Grand Denali Hotel 9:40 am**

  • Denali Bluffs Hotel 9:50 am**

  • Princess Lodge 9:55 am

  • McKinley Chalets 10:00 am


7 PM Canyon Wave 

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 6:15 pm

  • Denali Park Village 6:20 pm

  • Grizzly 6:25 pm

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 6:30 pm

  • Grand Denali Hotel 6:40 pm**

  • Denali Bluffs Hotel 6:50 pm**

  • McKinley Chalets 

  • Princess Lodge 6:55 pm

  • McKinley Chalets 7:00 pm


1:30 pm Scenic and Wave Train Trips ​

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 12:45 pm

  • Denali Park Village 12:50pm

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 12:55 pm

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 1:00 pm

  • Grand Denali Hotel 1:10 pm**

  • Denali bluffs 1:20pm**

  • Princess Lodge 1:25pm

  • McKinley Chalets 1:30 pm

3:30 Canyon Wave 

  • Denali Cabins Hotel 2:45 pm

  • Denali Park Village 2:50 pm

  • Grizzly Bear Resort 2:55 pm 

  • Riley Creek RV Campground 3:00 pm

  • Grand Denali Hotel 3:10 pm**

  • Denali Bluffs Hotel 3:20 pm**

  • Princess Lodge 3:25 pm

  • McKinley Chalets 3:30 pm