K2 Aviation

Denali National Park Flight Seeing Tours

Denali Experience

Tour Features:
– Moose’s Tooth, Broken Tooth
– Mt. Barille
– Tokositna Glacier
– Ruth Glacier & Ruth Ice Fall
– The Great Gorge
– South Face of Mt. Denali
– Don Sheldon Amphitheater

Denali Flyer

Tour Features:
– Includes Denali Experience Tour – Route
– South Hunter Ice Fall
– West Ridge of Mount Hunter
– Climber’s Base Camp
– West Buttress Route, most popular climbing route
– Little Switzerland, Kanikula, Tokositna, and Ruth Glaciers

Denali Grand Tour

Tour Features:
– Includes Denali Experience and Flyer Routes
– Climber’s Base Camp and the West Buttress
– The Wickersham Wall: 14,000 foot continuous vertical rise of rock and ice
– The Eldridge and Coffee Glaciers
– Breathtaking north side of Denali
– Longer tour!

A flightseeing trip over Denali National Park and Preserve will give you a bird’s-eye view of its incredible vastness and awesome beauty. Encounter a mile high gorge, rivers of pre-historic glacier ice, snow capped mountains that extend seemingly forever and North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. Denali, towering above it all. Whether you choose an incredible flightseeing tour into the mountains, add a glacier landing, or choose to hike in Denali’s back country, we will assist you in finding the right experience.

K2 Aviation invites you to experience the wonders of Alaska and Denali National Park and Preserve, and gain a new appreciation for our state’s size and rugged beauty. Their location in Talkeetna provides an excellent starting point for your explorations of Mt. Denali, the Alaska Range, and Denali National Park.

K2 Aviation’s beginnings – K2 Aviation has more than 28 years experience in flying climbers and sightseers in the Talkeetna area, coupled with Rust’s Flying Service’s nearly 50 years experience as an air taxi. Kitty and Kimbal Forest founded the business in 1980, operating it for one year. Jim and Julie Okonek owned and operated K2 from 1981 until 1996 when Todd, Suzanne and Colin Rust bought the business. The Rusts expanded the flightseeing side of the business by innovating with turbo Otters for glacier landings, offering a quieter operation and reducing the carbon footprint in the pristine area of Denali National Park.

Today, Suzanne Rust manages the Talkeetna based business with its fleet of DeHavilland Otters and Beavers, a Piper Cherokee, and a Navajo Chieftain.

K2 Aviation leading the way – K2 received the highest score on the recent National Park Service concessionaire proposal for landings within Denali National Park. K2 Aviation also received the coveted Gold Award from the Anchorage Daily News in the Air Taxi category.

What to wear and bring…
During the summer season, May through September 15, we encourage you to layer your clothing, bring a light jacket and wear long pants. In addition, it is a very good idea to have comfortable, closed toe shoes and sunglasses. We provide glacier overboots for landings. During the shoulder seasons: It is a good idea to bring a heavier coat, gloves/mittens, a hat and boots.

Map and Directions

K2 Aviation at the Talkeetna State Airport


62° 19′ 16″ N

150° 06′ 10″ W

Physical Address:

14052 East 2nd Street

Talkeetna, Alaska 99676

We look forward to seeing you in Talkeetna. Below you will find driving distances and directions from Anchorage and Fairbanks. Talkeetna is a short drive from Anchorage. Before departing, feel free to contact our office to see if there are constructions delays that may increase your drive time. Have a safe drive

Driving Directions from Anchorage

Drive time from Anchorage – approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

  • Go north on the Glenn Highway (AK 1) approximately 34 miles.
  • Take Parks Highway (AK-3) approximately 64 miles.
  • Turn right at the South Talkeetna Spur Road.
  • Travel approximately 14.1 miles.
  • Take a right on Second Street.
  • Drive over the railroad tracks.
  • K2 Aviation will be on your right-hand side.

Driving Directions from Fairbanks

Drive time from Fairbanks – approximately 4 hours 30 minutes

  • Take AK-3 N/AK-3 S George Parks Highway via the ramp to Anchorage
  • Merge onto AK-3 S/George Parks Highway
  • Follow the George Parks Highway south for 255 miles.
  • At mile 98 of the George Parks Highway turn left onto the Talkeetna Spur Road.
  • Follow the Talkeetna Spur Road 14.1 miles.
  • Turn right onto Second Street.
  • Drive over the railroad tracks.
  • K2 Aviation will be on your right-hand side.
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