My wife and I stayed at the North Face Lodge this August in conjunction with a Denali Photography workshop. The accommodations were Spartan (being on a par with some inexpensive lower 48 motels) but did include in-room bathrooms (a luxury for lodging so far within the Park).
What sets the North Face Lodge apart is the wonderful hospitality of the staff. They are extremely knowledgeable about the Park and its wildlife, most holding advanced degrees in the flora or fauna of the area. Each day, we drove via bus to locations that the staff considered prime wildlife habitats. During our 5-day stay, we saw bear, moose, caribou, wolves and numerous species of birds. These sightings were even more special considering that Denali Park consists of over 6 million acres.
The meals were delicious, whether served in the lodge, picnic-style on the Denali Road or boxed lunches eaten on the bus.
Was the stay expensive...yes. But it was worth every penny and I would recommend the experience highly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the end of the unpaved, mountainous 90-mile road into Denali National Park, North Face Lodge is one of only two in-park lodgings in view of Mt. McKinley. It specializes in learning adventures for active travelers, featuring naturalist-led hikes and field trips for visitors who wish to explore Denali in-depth. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- North Face Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve