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Mile 92 Denali National Park Road, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Journey with us winding through the Alaska Range, deep into the heart of the Denali National Park and spend time at Denali Backcountry Lodge by Pursuit. With opportunities to see Denali's famed wildlife: Grizzlies, Caribou, Moose, Dall Sheep, Wolves, and Eagles. At the very end of the Denali Park road, past Wonder Lake, you'll find a unique enclave in the park known as Kantishna. This area is home to Denali Backcountry Lodge. Transportation from Denali Park Entrance and meals during your stay at the lodge are included.
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Free private parking nearby
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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Mile 92 Denali National Park Road, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755
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Fairbanks Intl Airport129 miSee all flights
Lake Minchumina Airport47 miSee all flights
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Krystal Y wrote a review Jul 2
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The only reason to stay at Denali backcountry lodge is to get the most interior into the park as possible. There are two other lodges located this far into the park, but one is clearly more for families and the other for those who are cool with sharing bathrooms with a number of guests. I fit neither of those categories, hence why I picked backcountry lodge. To start off, I went during June 2020 when there were only 8 total guests at the lodge(usually have 70+) and the trains were not running so barely any “day tip visitors” which I was told is anywhere from 100-200 extra guests at the lodge for the day. To say I was spoiled to be there with it so deserted is an understatement, but to make up for that the staff was anything but spoiling to us when it came to activities, going with the flow, or accommodating for the weather. Let’s start with what everyone else talks about on here- the food! So, the food is pretty good. Breakfast and lunch exceeded my expectations. Dinner was so-so (any time you order a prime rib and they don’t ask you how you would like it cooked should be a red flag). Dessert was above and beyond every night, so overall I say the food was a 4/5. I actually brought food with me since the reviews on here were so bad I thought I might be deficient in calories- NOPE! The lodge and cabins are beautiful, maintained well and had no issues with heat in the room or bathroom water temperature. The generator they got ran at tip top performance when I was there. The buses are all nice and fairly newish. The bus ride into the park with Eric was phenomenal, he went slow for everyone to be able to spot wild life accordingly and he was very personable and kind with the guests. We saw 5 bears, a fox, caribou, a couple moose and even got to see a baby bear. The drive out of the park was a different experience, I felt like the driver was racing to get back for literally no known reason(trains weren’t running) and he went so fast that there was no way to spot wildlife efficiently (I’ve been to Africa twice so I know a thing a two about spotting wildlife). He also mentioned to not bring up politics to him because we probably wouldn’t like what he had to say. There was only 5 of us in the bus and we only knew his first name, so I’m not sure why he thought any of us would bring up politics with him to begin with so that was beyond strange IMO. Some of the lodge staff were extroverts who were interested into getting to know us and our previous park experiences. To repeat, there was only 8 of us at the lodge and 25+ staff so it’s not like this time wasn’t available. One of our hiking days got rained out and instead of staff giving us options of other things to do I had to go out of my way to ask what else I could do, and when asked to do an afternoon short hike I received responses like “I don’t think anyone is available” and another time a “I have to see if anyone is available to drive the shuttle at that time.” This was perplexing considering how few guests there were and how many staff was there, and also wtf is everyone doing then??? You’re in the middle of no where! Is there no one in charge of knowing these things? Not even a piece of paper with names on it on whose taking care of guests at blank time? Apparently the answer on both days was NOPE! Also I didn’t realize that this lodge can only bring you out so far and you cannot do certain hikes near wonder lake because the other lodge there doesn’t allow it (?) and the lodge only allows you to do 4-6 hikes nearby. A rogue bear in the area kept us from using the bicycles on site so that didn’t help to the “not much to do situation” either. Steven took us on a guided hike which I had never done before but it was great because he taught us about the tundra and the history of Kantishna/gold mining. The staff kept saying we could do hikes on our own as well, but when asking to bring us out to a hike for us to do alone the seemed hesitant for some unknown reason. Sebastian also took us on a quick outing to Fannie Quigleys home and he was very knowledgeable about her and the overall history of the area as well. Garrett at the bar was fantastic, super personable and great talker. Other staff members who did not have direct verbal communication with us seemed a little unpleasant in the common areas considering we’re all here in the middle of no where together. A smile back or simple hello is appreciated from someone like me but I do understand some guests there don’t even want to look up from their phones let alone smile. Read the room! My biggest complaint of this place would be the manager. I did not even know who he was until the last day. I was sitting at the breakfast table where I just got my meal 5 mins prior (for whatever reason it took longer this day) and the manager had the audacity to scream “if you’re leaving today you need to get on the bus now!”. No joke, there were only 3 of us in the dining hall and I was the only one leaving since the other two just got there. Why he didn’t have the courtesy to walk over to me to let me know I needed to stop eating and board the bus is beyond me, but when I found out later on the bus he was the manager I was livid. How dare you bring this place down in the last minutes of my time there. If you treat paying guests this way, how do you treat the staff? Might explain a thing or two.. Because of that incident, this place became hard to recommend. If you are thinking of staying here it should be because you want to get as far into the Denali interior as possible, sleep and bathe comfortably, and eat well. You can stay at the other lodges and do these hikes plus more, see Wonder lake and hike near there as well.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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niteicurn0915 wrote a review Jun 2020
Portage, Wisconsin28 contributions1 helpful vote
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We got very lucky on this tour. Justin, our guide, was able to spot several wildlife. He was very knowledgeable about the park and everything connected to it. It was a long day, 14 hours out and back with a great lunch included. I highly recommend this if you're in the area and have the time.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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billbZ3258ER wrote a review Oct 2019
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Beautiful place!!! Our cabin was modern, clean, spacious, and had a great view of the river. The staff were helpful and offered guided tours of Denali National Park at no extra charge. There was a free shuttle service for photo oppertunities, and on the way in and out (6 hour bus trip each way) we saw black bears, grizzly bears, caribou, elk, Dall sheep, mountain goats, and moose--with a huge bull moose comming right up to our bus! We also had great views of Mt. Denali unter clear skies. The bus trip is a little long, but there ane several stops, and the bus will stop for wildlife sightings and particularly nice views. So time on the bus goes quickly. Meals are together in the lodge building and are excellent! Only down side--it is expensive!!!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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HikersOfTheWorld wrote a review Oct 2019
Kildeer, Illinois29 contributions9 helpful votes
There are many wonderful things to relate about the Denali Backcountry Lodge--Dinners were good and nicely served, the naturalists/guides were top-notch in both education, teaching ability and personality, the bus drivers to take you the 82 miles to the lodge from the Park entrance are well versed in natural history, and careful to enforce that guests observe all rules regarding wildlife, and the timing of all the activities runs very smoothly. There are only perhaps 4 places one can stay within the Park, and the remoteness requires extraordinary measures to provide services. There was a generator for the electricity, and this is the only lodging with toilets and showers ensuite. Despite that, I am still astonished at the price--we paid over $1400/per night for 2 persons with full board. I know we were remote and conditions are difficult, but I was a bit surprised to find our accommodations were actually small cabins next to each other along a boardwalk. There were a few cabins with a river view, but most of us had a view of the cabin next to us and just 12' across the boardwalk. Know that you are paying for the location in the park, not the level of accommodation. Furnishings and linens were adequate but in line with a remote hunting camp. I am not comfortable with the cost/value equation. So glad we went and could stay a while, but would not do this more than once.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Marie R wrote a review Sep 2019
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We were only able to stay 2 nights due to the lodge closing for the season. Both travel days took hours as we were stopping to look at animals which was awesome, so really only got to enjoy the lodge and activities for one full day. The cost was pretty pricey but we would have paid for a few additional nights if there had been availability.
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$1,153 - $1,184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Denali Backcountry Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Denali Backcountry Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Denali Backcountry Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, extra long beds, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Denali Backcountry Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Denali Backcountry Lodge?
Yes, free private parking nearby is available to guests.
Does Denali Backcountry Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Denali Backcountry Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.