If you want to stay in the heart of Denali National Park with - on a good day - stunning views of Mt McKinley, close proximity to Wonder Lake and the beautiful sub-artic tundra you can’t look past Denali North Face Lodge. We spent three nights there and loved it. The North Face shuttle brings people from the train station at Denali through the stunning park - a 5 hour feast for the eyes drive, through the tundra, aboreal forests and the magnificent Alaska Range, where the knowledgeable driver makes the most of wildlife viewing, such as grizzly bears, moose (we had an angry moose do a mock charge towards our bus), wolves, dall sheep and caribou. The buses are not overly crowded and have good leg room, which allows easier viewing and photography of the park and the animals. Along the way you are provided with a delicious picnic meal. On arrival the manager John and his staff greet each individual as they alight from the bus. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and clean and with 3 qualified chefs the food is delicous and beautifully presented. There is a wonderful feel of community at North Face Lodge. Guests are seated with different people for each meal and the staff are very friendly, helpful and very good at their jobs. Activities are arranged for guests, such as hiking at either low, moderate or strenuous levels. You can hike any of the trails or make your own trail in the soft tundra. We were taken out on a photographic foray instead of a hike. Guests can use the Lodge pushbikes to discover the area or paddle around Wonder Lake in canoes. Or sit by the crackling fire and borrow a book from the Lodges Library. Come to North Face Lodge for the experience. You won’t be disappointed. September is reputed to be the best month for stable weather and vibrant colours in the tundra. But it can also be quite cold, so remember to pack warm clothes, gloves, hat and dress in layers.
- 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