The remote Denali Backcountry Lodge, located at the end of the 95-mile Park Road in Kantishna, offers you a complete Denali Park vacation experience, and surprising comfort.
Only the more adventurous visitors to Denali take one of the grandest drives on earth and stay inside the park. Winding through the Alaska Range, deep into the heart of the Denali park, the "Park Road" offers opportunities to see Denali's famed wildlife: Grizzlies, Caribou, Moose, Dall Sheep, Wolves and Eagles. And, should the weather smile upon you, above all of it towers Mt. McKinley (Denali) itself, the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet. At the very end of the Denali Park road, past Wonder Lake, you'll find a unique enclave in the park known as Kantishna. This area is home to Denali Backcountry Lodge.
Denali Backcountry Lodge offers thirty comfortably appointed cedar cabins. Each cabin is heated and enjoys its own private bath -- unexpected luxuries for such a remote location. Dining and lounge areas are found in our spacious two-story lodge. Our program lodge hosts special natural history presentations by our staff and many featured guest speakers. Two outdoor gazebos near Moose Creek are great places to relax, and a suspended foot bridge spanning the creek offers access to many hiking trails.
Activities at Denali Backcountry Lodge
Activities at Denali Backcountry Lodge include naturalist-led programs; guided hikes & walks; gold panning; evening presentations; mountain biking; photo opportunities; optional flightseeing; natural history library and video collection.
When Denali itself is visible due to good weather, guests can hike or shuttle to spectacular viewing areas, where even the novice can end up with truly stunning photographic results. When the mountain does grace visitors with an appearance, they are overwhelmed by the awesome Wickersham Wall, reputed to be the largest vertical surface on earth.
Dining at Denali Backcountry Lodge
When it comes to meals, you'll be treated with great food prepared by the lodge's chefs and hospitality staff. Hot breakfast is served buffet style. For lunch, a hot soup and sandwich buffet is served in the lodge, but most guests pack up a lunch for their day's explorations. At the end of the day, everyone is invited to join our naturalist guides for gourmet appetizers and a recap of the day. Evening dinners are served family style in the lodge. All food is fresh, hearty and wholesome. If you have a dietary consideration or special food request or are celebrating a special even, arrangements can be made with advance notice. Juices and sodas are available from the lounge cooler. Our informal bar service features draft and bottled beer, wine and cordials.