It helps to understand the setup in Denali to appreciate choices and experiences.
1. Virtually no automobiles are allowed into the Park except for those with special permits. Forget any thoughts of driving around inside the Park.
2. Most lodging is outside the park and uses buses with special permits for day trips into the Park.
3. It is 90 miles and several hours on graded road surfaces with some steep drop-offs to the far end of the Park.
North Face Lodge is 85 miles via provided bus on this road. Much of the animal life will be seen from the bus. Bus drivers/guides are college educated in relevant natural sciences, many with graduate work and degrees. They work hard to help you learn about and appreciate the nature in the Park. Guided excursions from the Lodge accommodate easy, moderate and more difficult hikers. You pack your own lunch for the day after each breakfast. Meals are prepared by a real chef and respond to individual dietary requirements. Check the website for currently available hiking equipment like rain gear, day packs, hiking poles, etc. which the Lodge provides free of charge and could influence your packing of gear. My wife and I waited a year to get the four night option and feel it was a good decision.
- 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