Recently returned from two nights at the Kantishna Roadhouse. While the cabins were acceptable, the food ranged from average to fabulous, and the staff were lovely, no one warned us about the mosquitoes. One of our guides said that the mosquitoes "weren't bad" that week, since there had still been over-night freezes the week before. If what we experienced wasn't bad, I can't even imagine being there later in the summer. While the basket of mosquito-net hats and the cans of insect repellent (availble for purchase in the lobby) were dead give-aways of on-going issues, no one had said anything about a potential bug problem while we were making our reservations for this trip. One member of our party suffers severe reactions to insect bites, and when we arrived at the Roadhouse and saw the swarms of mosquitoes that were everywhere, she was ready to turn around and leave. For the next two days we went nowhere unless we were wearing long sleeves and pants or were covered with Deep Woods Off.
Obviously, when you're out in nature you have to expect to find insects, and Kantishna is about as far into the Park as you can go. Still, there's a difference between mosquitoes and MOSQUITOES, and had we known what to expect we might have chosen to stay closer to the entrance to the Park and taken a day-trip out to Kantishna, since the drives out and back on the Denali Road are not to be missed. Between the unbelievable scenery and Gary's uncanny ability to find animals (not to mention his talent as a raconteur), the drives almost made up for two days of mosquito-swatting and dodging. If you're the kind of person who either isn't bothered by mosquitoes or doesn't mind being bitten, the Roadhouse is a true Denali experience. However, if you tend to be squeamish or have allergy issues, stay somewhere else.
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