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1 Doyon Pl # 300, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99701-2941
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#7 of 41 Specialty lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
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Kantishna Roadhouse is a fly-in backcountry lodge resort in the heart of Denali National Park. Comfortable well-appointed cabin lodging, all-inclusive experience. Enjoy abundant activities including daily guided hikes, gold panning with expert guides, mountain biking, & fly-fishing for Arctic Grayling in Moose Creek. For those that choose to stay in camp for the day, our comfortable natural history library, cozy lobby, or outdoor screened-in porch -- offer pleasant alternatives. This is a true Alaskan adventure in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Kantishna Roadhouse is the only resort in the backcountry with a bar/saloon. Sip wine on the banks of the Moose River while you take in a beautiful sunset by the fire. Enjoy activities and relaxation.
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1 Doyon Pl # 300, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99701-2941
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IndyAdventureGirl wrote a review Dec 2021
Indianapolis, Indiana95 contributions35 helpful votes
If you want to get away from the crowds to a nice, quiet, relaxing, remote location, this is the place to do it. Away from cell service and Wifi, the cabins at Kantishna are nestled near the end of the road, as far as you can travel into Denali National Park. They offer a variety of daily activities, including guided hikes to various locations and trips to Wonder Lake, where you can see the mountain range and Denali reflecting in the water. The staff are all friendly, fun and well informed. Our bus ride into the lodge from the Denali Visitor Center with tour guide Kirsty was phenomenal. She knew everything there is to know about the area, the history, the flora and the fauna and narrated the full trip. She slowed or stopped the bus where she could and let us off at a few stops along the way. Even when we could not get off, the bus windows slid down and she positioned the bus, so we could get unobstructed photos of the wildlife. Probably the best thing about Kantishna though was the food. Chef Jimbo forages the local land and creates the most mouthwatering, amazing meals. It has been 5 months since our trip and we still talk about Jimbo’s food. If you have special dietary needs, he will take the time to talk with you, understand what you can and cannot eat and will create custom meals to match your needs. No matter what he makes, the taste is guaranteed to be amazing! Some things to be aware of when traveling to Kantishna: There is not much wildlife at this end of the park so, if you think the more remote location will mean more wildlife, you will be disappointed. The wildlife on the drive in and out is incredible (we saw all of the Big 5), but once at the Kantishna Roadhouse the only mammal we saw was a rabbit. Also, bring bug spray. The place was crawling with mosquitoes. We couldn’t sit and relax outside because the mosquitoes were vicious. However, there is a great upstairs to the lodge where we could relax, with a reading room and several games. Don’t let these things deter you: For an off-the beaten path, relaxing, remote get-away, Kantishna can’t be beat.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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teatime4 wrote a review Sep 2021
Ithaca, New York11 contributions4 helpful votes
My 25 year -old daughter and I spent 3 nights there, giving us 2 full days to hike. There are several hikes to choose from (beginning, medium, challenging) and they are guided . One needs a guide to know how to deal with wildlife. During our hike we were saw a caribou on our path - our guide knew exactly what to do (walk up hill out of its path, allow it to pass, resume hike). Food was delicious. Evening talks were excellent. Place is beautiful with stream nearby. Weather was wonderful and we could see Denali. Only downside - cabins are not soundproof, you can hear your neighbor. Otherwise cabins are comfortable and place is very well organized. Thank you Kantishna Roadhouse! I hope to return.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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bonschroed wrote a review Sep 2021
Salt Lake City, Utah63 contributions52 helpful votes
There are many ways to experience Denali NP. This way was perfect for us. It was easy to work with the reservation agent. The staff at the roadhouse was fantastic, completely catering to our needs, and the naturalists were knowledgeable and fun to be around. Chef Jimbo and his staff were incredible. The food was amazing. Chef has a smoker, and you can expect a smoked salmon salad option to be offered at lunch and dinner. We chose between two entrees for dinner each night. A few hot breakfast options were the same every morning. KRH provides a to-go lunch if you plan to be away, but I ate a wonderful hot lunch at the roadhouse each day. Meals are very filling, but not all-you-can-eat. This is fine dinning. The night before we left we ordered sack breakfasts to take with us on the bus. Guests should realize the the bus trip in and out is part of the inclusive package. It's transportation, but it's also a guided tour. We were in a very basic school bus. The driver/guide stopped for all wildlife sightings in and out. For these you're not allowed to leave the bus. I think we stopped four times to stretch our legs. Three had facilities: a vault toilet; a Port-a-Potty; and a flush toilet at Eielson Vistitor Center. Yes, it is a long ride, but even without stops, the trip would take hours due to the rough road. KRH doesn't provide any food on the trip into the park, and dinner won't be served for your group until around 8:00. I suggest you have a hearty lunch before boarding, and snacks with you if you're the munchie type. We brought crackers and fruit to keep in the cabin also. Obviously the cost per person per night is extremely high, especially when you consider the rustic accommodations. You may balk at the two-night minimum, but a one-night stay would be crazy. You don't control your arrival and departure. Arrive at 7pm, leave at 6am. You'd be on the property for 11 hours and have one hot meal. We were exhausted on arrival. Turning around and leaving immediately was unthinkable. A two-night stay gives you ONE DAY to do stuff at the roadhouse. I felt even two nights was not long enough, so we stretched it to three nights. Having two full days was far superior to leaving after one. There are cheaper ways to visit Denali. The weather and your odds of seeing The Big One are the same, whether you backpack for next-to-nothing or drop several grand. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us, and we chose to do it with KRH. I would do it again in a minute.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Ken G wrote a review Aug 2021
Oakland, California84 contributions62 helpful votes
Alaska has been on my bucket list for years. This year, all of our international trips were canceled due to the pandemic, but we were able to get to Alaska. On the train ride from Anchorage to Denali we got to see the mountain from bottom to top, something they say only can be seen only about 30% of the time, so we were very lucky. The drive from the town of Denali into the center of the park to the Roadhouse was about 7 hours on a gravel road (well maintained by the Park Service) and the scenery is magnificent! We saw a number of brown bears - Grizzlies - a moose about 10 feet from the bus, a fox, caribou, Dahl sheep, eagles. What more can you ask for? The Roadhouse is very comfortable, and there are lots of guided activities. You don't want to go out on your own in Denali because of the bears, but the guides are all naturalists, know how to deal with the wildlife, and they all carry bear spray. The staff is wonderful, very kind and enthusiastic, and they almost all are multi talented. They give presentations every night on interesting topics that are their specialties, they are very interesting. One young lady, Kyleen, talked about climbing Denali and how she is preparing to climb it in 2 years. All in all this was a great experience.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Floyd G wrote a review Aug 2021
Edina, Minnesota95 contributions16 helpful votes
Spent 2 nights here on our trip to Denali. Cabin accommodations and fabulous food. Took part in a walk and lunch to the McKinley Bar (trail through the tundra woods and bogs to the McKinley river. Luckily day was clear and we had excellent views of Denali and the range. An unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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chrgyr wrote a review Aug 2021
Greenville, South Carolina45 contributions15 helpful votes
The Kantishna Roadhouse is one of those special places that you hope to find for an adventure. They provided great service, great food and outstanding adventures in a very remote location. It may appear expensive but it is an all inclusive great value including wildlife bus tours on a private road in Denali National Park, guided hikes from easy to strenuous, excursions to Wonder Lake to view the Denali peak, wildlife presentations, and above all excellent meals. The setting is great, in the mountains on the banks of Moose creek 72 miles from a paved road and 92 miles from the nearest town. Our bus driver was a wildlife photographer with over 20 years experience on the road and with some outstanding photos in the Kantishna gallery. Most of the staff are biologists or naturalists that serve in various capacities at the lodge. You can take a guided hike or head out on your on. They will loan you bear spray and tell you how to use it (just in case). Rooms are very nice and just a little bit rustic. You won't need your phone since there is no service or internet anywhere nearby. Be sure to spend some time before dinner with John in the Smokey Joe's bar, a cozy location to visit with your new friends.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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John K wrote a review Aug 2021
Indiana4 contributions
My wife and I stayed at Kantishna in August for two days. It was a great place to stay and get away from it all for a while. The ride in was amazing getting to see Dall Sheep, Caribou, Bears and other wildlife and our guide/driver was very informative. While the rooms may have been basic, they were perfect for the stay with very comfortable beds. Out guided hike was fantastic and we loved to meet all of the other guests during lunch and dinner. The food was outstanding and you could tell that the chef really put a lot of thought into what he was serving. We would certainly recommend this place and can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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jtullco2324 wrote a review Aug 2021
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From the trip in, with an amazing guide Anna, the place is just wonderful. Beautiful comfortable cabins with outstanding staff that could not be more helpful. Excellent food, chef uses as much local Alaska product as possible and it just adds to the experience. All the activities really let you explore the beauty of Alaska. Be prepared for no cell, wi-fi or TV but it just adds to the experience. We were a group of 9 and they could not have been more accommodating and fun to work with. If you really want to experience Denali this is a great way to do it.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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lanamom wrote a review Aug 2021
Sunnyvale, CA635 contributions294 helpful votes
We were at the Kantishna Roadhouse 3 years ago and the only thing wrong with our visit was we were only staying 2 nights. This year I kept my promise and booked 4 nights (3 full days) and was not disappointed. The drive down was as spectacular as ever. Our driver/guide Christine was just amazing at spotting animals: bears, caribou, moose, ptamirgan, beavers, you name it. The cabins are soo roomy and comfortable. The food - ahhh!! the food. The chef is incredible. Each evening he gives an introduction for the dinner, describing how he created each dish. We had beef stew, boulliabaise, salmon, and pork chops. My husband needs a gluten free meal and each evening he personally came to my husband and described what his dish would be. On our first day we took the shuttle down to Wonderlake and hung around there for a better part of the day, hiked around, then hiked back to the lodge. My boys even went swimming in the creek. Next day the boys did an advanced hike, my husband and I did the Quigley Ridge organized hike and then went to the Quigley cabin. On the 3rd day the 4 of us did an independent hike up camp ridge by the lodge (don't forget bear spray). We attended evening talks on glaciers and bears. The place itself is sooo serene, staff so friendly and helpful. Can't wait for my 3rd trip!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Nancy and Rich wrote a review Jul 2021
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We had a wonderful time! the food was excellent! the staff was friendly and accommodating. The cabins are basic, but have comfortable beds and full bathrooms with plenty of hot water! We had rain every day, and came prepared, but did borrow rubber boots. Our hiking boots and socks dried in our cabin but the staff would have dried then for us. We could have borrowed full rain gear, fishing poles, mosquito nets and bikes. There are lots of mosquitos in Alaska, so we were prepared! The guides were great with many hike options and informative evening discussions. We walked around the lodge area on our own too, trail maps were available. Met lots of other friendly guests too. once in a lifetime experience. Very relaxing, just what we were looking for! thanks
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kantishna Roadhouse
What are some of the property amenities at Kantishna Roadhouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kantishna Roadhouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is Kantishna Roadhouse accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.