Complete Denali Park Kantishna Lodges
Deep in the heart of Denali National Park you have a rare opportunity to truly experience Alaska with a stay at a remote wilderness lodge. How remote? Well consider this...
The entrance to Denali National Park is located at mile 237 of the George Parks Highway, about 5 hours north of Anchorage by car. The Denali Park road is roughly 95 miles long. Private vehicles are restricted past mile 15 and a large portion of visitors travel only 19 to 50 miles into the park by tour bus. The Park Road continues past Eielson Visitor Center at mile 63 eventually passing Wonder Lake at mile 85 and ending in the historic mining district of Kantishna at mile 92. In this area you will find a number of true wilderness lodges... the Kantishna Roadhouse, Denali Backcountry Lodge, Camp Denali and the North Face Lodge. Lodges in this area are often referred to as "remote", "wilderness" or "backcountry" lodges and represent a unique opportunity to stay "inside" Denali National Park.
You will find that the Denali Kantishna Lodges can be considerably more expensive than lodging choices just outside the Denali Park entrance. While this is true, you have to keep in mind that your lodging includes a premium bus tour experience through the park, gourmet meals and many activities. If your schedule or budget do not allow an overnight stay, consider visiting just for the day on the original full day tour through the Denali Park to the Kantishna Roadhouse.
Here is a brief summary of lodges near Kantishna and Wonder Lake at the end of the Denali National Park road.
In the early 1900s the original Kantishna Roadhouse served as a private residence, community center, post office, informal hotel for visitors to the area, and you can still see the old log structure to this day. Nowadays, the beautiful main log structure of the Kantishna Roadhouse features the front desk, dining areas, library, activities desk and saloon. Guest accommodations are in the surrounding 32 duplex or fourplex style log cabin rooms, with either two full size beds, or two queen size beds. All rooms have handcrafted furniture, warm quilts, private restrooms with showers, climate controls, and alarm clocks. Activities include a dog sled demonstration, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, gold panning and for an additional fee enjoy a massage or take a scenic flight. All meals and snacks are provided during your stay. The Roadhouse features complete breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you are going on a day hike or activity, nutritious sack lunches are available. All meals are prepared with the finest ingredients including many fresh vegetables from the large greenhouse. And don't forget your price includes transportation to and from the Park entrance, one of the most extensive Park tours available. A two night minimum stay is required, with 3 or more nights recommended. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
Denali Backcountry Lodge
Opened originally in 1989, The Denali Backcountry Lodge is located creek side in a beautiful valley. Its 42 comfortable cabins have private baths and two double beds. Dining and lounge areas are found in the spacious two-story main lodge. The main lodge also houses an adventure desk and gift shop. During your stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge you can take part in guided hikes, naturalist activities, mountain biking or just relax next to Moose Creek. A shuttle service to Wonder Lake is available. Your stay includes the bus tour to and from the Park entrance to the lodge and return, all meals and snacks, mountain biking, and all guided activities. Due to its remote location there is no phone service, Internet, email or cell phone service.
Camp Denali & the North Face Lodge
Camp Denali and the North Face lodge are located about a mile apart by Wonder Lake and Kantishna near the end of the Denali Park Road. Both lodges are owned and operated by the same family and offer similar activities with the primary difference being the style of accommodation.
At Camp Denali guest accommodation are in individual cabins with hand sewn quilts, wood stoves and propane lights. Drinking water comes from a spigot by the door and can be heated in your cabin. Each cabin has a "meticulously kept" handmade outhouse. More importantly, each cabin offers clear views of Denali, weather permitting. Camp Denali is located on a 67 acre site homesteaded by the founders in the early 1950's. The original hand hewn log lodge is still in use and is complemented by newer structures such as the dining hall, natural history resource collection and a modern shower and bathroom facility. Camp Denali enjoys a rich history and reputation as one of the first wilderness lodges in Alaska.
The North Face Lodge is the closest accommodations to Wonder Lake, just a 1.5 mile walk or bike ride. The lodge has 15 small, well-appointed rooms with private bathrooms and electricity. Guest rooms are joined by a common veranda, leading to the lodge's sitting room, fireplace, dining area, and library.
A stay at either Camp Denali or North Face Lodge includes all meals and the owners pride themselves in using high-quality ingredients to prepare wholesome, delicious and attractive meals. They do not have a liquor license, but welcome you to 'bring your own'. Most activities are included at both properties including guided hikes and outings as well as independent adventures such as canoeing on Wonder Lake, biking and fishing. Also available on select dates throughout the summer is their Special Emphasis Series where specialists share their expertise daily in the field and through evening presentations.
For reservations or more information on Camp Denali or the North Face Lodge please call them at 907-683-2290.
Skyine Lodge Denali Park
This solar-powered lodge can accommodate 8 to 10 guests in four comfortable rooms. This small lodge creates a unique and genuine experience away from the crowds making Skyline one of the most unique Alaska lodges and resorts. Skyline Lodge is the ideal base for independent travelers who want to explore Denali's rich history, geography, flora and fauna.
Day hiking in the beautiful Kantishna Hills, mountain biking on the park road and old mining roads, fishing in Wonder Lake, or flightseeing tours can offer spectacular views of Mt. Denali and the Alaska Range. Many guests enjoy just relaxing in the lodge. Guests also get a first-hand view of the daily lives of Alaskan Bush pilots and crew. Skyline Lodge offers its guests the use of several common areas: the study area with a collection of Alaskana books and aviation information, the dining room and ping pong emporium, and the two deck levels which overlook Moose Creek and the Kantishna Valley.
Skyline Lodge has four separate rooms available for guests. Each cabin room is furnished with a double bed and full mattress in the loft. Please note that the rooms have no private bathroom facilities. The main lodge is just a few steps away and has bathroom and shower facilities for guest use.
For reservations or more information on SkyLine Lodge please call them at 907.644.8222.
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Did you know? The Park Connection Motorcoach departs Anchorage at 7:00am, arriving in Denali around 12:30pm to connect with buses departing for the Denali backcountry lodges.