After seeing how touristy the entrance to Denali was, I'm so glad we stayed INSIDE the park. Our family (mom, dad, & 2 teen kids) stayed here 2 nights in late June 2006. We had a wonderful time. The grounds were beautiful. I loved the hanging flower baskets at the entrance, and the river running alongside the cabins. The rooms were clean and well stocked. Plenty of blankets for chilly nights. We wished they had black-out curtains though, since the nights are so bright. Food was always fresh and tasty. And, they accomodated my picky daughter by cooking a grilled cheese sandwich when she wouldn't eat the standard meal. We enjoyed the gold panning more than we expected and liked the guided hike that we took. Beware though, the mosquitos are THICK! Especially on the trails. On the bus ride in, it was cloudy and drizzling which was great for animal watching. Another thing to point out about the bus was that there are a LOT less people on the overnight buses than on the day buses. So, when you stop to see an animal, everyone can have a good view. Those day buses looked SO crowded - I don't know how they got any good photos. On our last evening, after dinner, the sun finally broke through the clouds and Mt. McKinley finally came out to show herself. So at 9:30PM, the Roadhouse staff loaded up 2 vans and drove us out to Wonder Lake for photos of the mountain. Wow! We also got great views on the drive out the next morning but less animals since it was hot with the sun out. By afternoon, the mountain was all covered by clouds again. And to think that we would have missed that fabulous view if we'd've stayed at the entrance. Bugs aside, of our 17 days in Alaska the 2 in Kantishna were among our favorites!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kantishna Roadhouse is a backcountry lodge resort in the heart of Denali National Park. Comfortable well-appointed cabin lodging, all-inclusive experience. Enjoy abundant activities including daily guided hikes, gold panning with expert guides, free mountain bike rental/usage, and fly-fishing for Arctic Grayling in Moose Creek. For those that choose to stay in camp for the day, our comfortable natural history library, cozy lobby, or outdoor screened-in porch -- offer pleasant alternatives. This is a true Alaskan adventure in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. The transportation to and from the resort is half the fun. Our red and white bus, marked "Kantishna Roadhouse," gives you the opportunity to see abundant wildlife in its natural setting, including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, dall sheep, among other critters. Kantishna Roadhouse is the only resort in the backcountry with a bar/saloon. Sip wine on the banks of the Moose River while you take in a beautiful sunset by the fire. Enjoy activities and relaxation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kantishna Roadhouse Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve