Kantishna Roadhouse

Kantishna Roadhouse

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Denali and the Alaska Range as seen at Wonder Lake with no clouds on our bus trip out of the par
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4.5
#1 of 20 campgrounds in Denali National Park and Preserve
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4.8
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.4
Value
3.6
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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 on property 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. 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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2.5 of 5 stars
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Mountain View
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Mile 92, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99701-2941
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Lake Minchumina Airport
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Fairbanks Intl Airport
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Drew wrote a review Aug 2020
North Pole, Alaska
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the Kantishna Roadhouse was amazing! Kirsty, our driver/guide was very knowledgeable on the drive out to the lodge and shared a wide variety of information from park history and animals to the different types geological features we saw. The new Chef for this year is creative with his dishes and forages the area for berries, mushrooms & anything else that he can incorporate. My wife picked blueberries with our hiking guide, Cedar, and he gave them to the Chef. Just before dinner he came out to describe the menu and told everyone she picked them for dinner. He whipped up a bacon, Brussel sprout, blueberry side to accompany the prime rib he encrusted with salt and mushrooms that were foraged earlier in the day. Cedar was the perfect hiking guide & all around guy! As we hiked, he pointed out the different edible plants and we tried the good and bad along the way. He definitely went out of his way during our stay to make it memorable for everyone.

Since it is 2020 and COVID is a thing, the staff was very professional. Temperatures were checked prior to boarding the bus at the train depot and again at the lodge when we arrived and even again in the morning. Masks were worn by staff & guests while on the bus and in public spaces when social distancing could not be maintained. Hand sanitizer was also placed at key locations.

Over all, it was an amazing trip and I am thankful for the smaller crowd because it allowed for more intimate experiences that would normally not be possible with usual crowds.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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fsdukejr wrote a review Jun 2021
Des Moines, Washington
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here 15 years ago and enjoyed it very much so we dcided to splurge again and spend another 3 days. Many people complain about the 6 hour bus ride to cover the 92 miles to the lodge but for us it is one of the highlights of the trip because that is the best place to see the wild game of the park. Certainly there are no guarantees but we saw bears, carabou, dall sheep, a golden eagle, an arctic ground squirrel and magnificant scenery. The bus drivers are knowledgable, experienced and excellent game spotters because they know where to look. Some people choose to fly in or out which provides unimaginable views of Denali if the weather is good. We chose to return by the Kantishna bus because the first vehicle on the park road in the morning has the best chance to see wildlife. Compared to our previous trip, we had the place to ourselves. Only about 25% of the dining room was utilized and many cabins were empty. Covid rules required that brakfast be served instead of a buffet but the meals were memorable. The meals were some of our best in Alaska and the chef was really creative in his preparation. Service was attentive and friendly. It was obvious that the lodge was short staffed but everyone did a good job of meeting our every need. The guided hikes were informative and varying levels of difficulty were offered. The staff shared duties guiding, serving in the dining room, driving vans, etc. but each had speciaties as naturalists and they were expert sources of knowledge about birds, flowers, plants and geology. We were exceptionally lucky in that Denali was “out” every night and morning and we were shuttled to Wonder Lake to get the best views. This involves a 1/2 mile walk from the required parking area. Prices in the bar were comparable to what you would pay in Anchorage or Fairbanks. Be aware that in June, hoards of mosquitos will try to carry you away. Be prepared with long sleeved shirts and lots of repellent. Without question, this place is expensive at $1150 a day per couple but it is an incomperable experience. The cabins are large and comfortable but at the same time rustic. Any place else in Alaska, this cabin would rent for about $150 a night without the food, guide service and transportation but in this special spot there are no inexpensive options. Some people choose to spend outrageous amounts on elaborate weddings or first class airfare. This is the same kind of once in a lifetime experience, so go big if you are willing to forget the cost.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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IndyAdventureGirl wrote a review Dec 2021
Indianapolis, Indiana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Jemtravels2017 wrote a review Jul 2021
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
No internet. No cell service. Our stay was uninterrupted by outside forces. It was just heaven. Yes, the mosquitos were just awful. We were envious of the couple in head to toe net suits, but we made due with bug spray, borrowed net hats, and COVID masks were actually very helpful. It was the only place in Denali the mosquitoes were that horrible. We went on two guided hikes. Both were very interesting, but the Big Timber hike left us wanting. We didn't get to look around much to enjoy the surroundings or take photos because watching where we put our feet was really important. We'd have preferred a smaller group and pacing to allow for gawking. The trail was marked well so even being able to go on our own would have been ok. The guides are great. You get all kinds of information about the flora and fauna from people who are really passionate about their subjects. They did seem to be short staffed. It showed mostly at meal time but didn't cause any problems. The meals were really good but it is fixed and choices are very limited. One night was seared tuna, but it was more like sushi which wasn't very appetizing to us. We're also not fans of prime rib. But even when we didn't care for the main course, the sides were great. Chef Jimbo makes awesome mashed potatoes, green beans, and soups. His black bean soup was probably the tastiest I've ever had. Tomato bisque was great, too. The cabin was spacious enough for 3 of us. The cabin doors can lock from the inside, but when you exit the door must be unlocked as they don't supply keys. There is a safe in the main building items can be put into and if you do accidentally lock yourself out they have a key, but I found it a little hard to get used to. There was a heater in the bathroom that helped dry clothes out really well overnight. The bus ride in and out was great for wildlife viewing. It's not a guarantee that any of it will be seen, but we saw a lot. Good binoculars are a must. The drivers Ken and Kristy are just wonderful. Great drivers, wildlife spotters, and conversationalists.
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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chrgyr wrote a review Aug 2021
Greenville, South Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Travelmom wrote a review Jun 2021
Syracuse, New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
A great experience at the end of the Denali Park road. The 6 hour school bus ride from the train depot to the roadhouse with Ken or Kerry is one of the peak experiences of staying there! Bring snacks and water, camera and binoculars. Due to COVID there was no food or drink at the
Train depot… Also no baggage claim. Pack light ! The rooms are comfortable, mattress was great.. even woke up due to a minor earthquake. No room darkening curtains … wear blackout eye mask! 24 hr of light while we were there. Bring 100% deet as the mosquitoes are impressive inside and outside! They have mosquito net hats to borrow. Mosquitos are everywhere. A few wasps in the rooms too. No hair dryer. No cell service or internet, nice
Library of Alaska information and gifts to buy. Basics provided: shampoo and soap and towels . Chef Jimbo loves fennel and using local food grown in the greenhouse . Meals were very good. But when it is gone, it is gone . The bar is famous due to John- the bar keep! All staff were great ! Bring cash and tip generously … they work hard! Took a moderate group hike … with a guide. It was great, leisurely and we had lunch on the trail. Panning for gold was a quick fun break on site . If you can, fly back to the train depot with Kantishna Air taxi. Worth every penny! If you want to experience real Alaska and are willing to go with the flow… this is your place! You are 200
Miles from the closest Hospital… and even life flight could be hours away . Consider your health and level of fitness before going. There were families there with amazing outdoor enthusiast parents. Plan accordingly.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JRE wrote a review Jun 2021
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I am honestly puzzled about all the good reviews. There is nothing wrong with the Roadhouse, but it is just average for a staggering price. After a long bus ride or expensive flight, you arrive here to stay in average cabins packed close together. There is no close by hiking to speak of, but if you do go on the botany walk make sure you are covered head to toe for mosquitos. You can borrow bikes to ride around on the gravel road, but you cannot ride in the park. The gold panning activity ... enough said. I am honestly not sure what this place offers that is very special. And just so guests know, mosquitos are NOT everywhere in Denali and there are many places that are very pleasant that do not have the mosquito swarms.
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Date of stay: June 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Serendib100 wrote a review Jul 2021
US
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely place by Moose Creek. Very rustic and fits in well with the environment. Rooms and bathrooms are basic but clean and comfortable. Each room has both a fan and heater to ensure comfort regardless of the weather. Attentive and friendly staff. The low rating is because the food is very mediocre. However, a great place t stay while visiting Denali.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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teatime4 wrote a review Sep 2021
Ithaca, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Ken G wrote a review Aug 2021
Oakland, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Room Tip: Bring rain gear. It rained, but not too hard. Bring some cash for tips for the staff. Be prepared...
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Susan M asked a question May 2020
Medford, Oregon74 contributions19 helpful votes
Can you rent a kayak at Wonder Lake when we stay there? Thank you.
Answer from BlueRidgeTourist
Charlottesville, Virginia247 contributions79 helpful votes
Hi, You can park at the Denali NP Visitor Center. They have a parking area designated for overnight parking. It is about 300 yards from where the Kantishna bus picks up at the train station. At the train station, you will see bus parking spaces. I recommend you drop off bags and passenger(s) at the train station near those spaces, and then park the car. The visitor center (worth a visit), restaurant and restrooms are between the parking area and the train station. I believe there was a sign for the train station when entering the park. Have fun!
Answer from Judith D
Washington, District of Columbia, United States172 contributions95 helpful votes
We phoned the number on the website, also. Fine service and warm welcome.
Answer from Marie_M-KRH
Alaska1 contribution
Hello Cheri, I believe I spoke to you yesterday, is that correct?
Elizabeth V asked a question May 2016
Washington, DC23 contributions17 helpful votes
Do you have laundry facilities and/or services on site?
Answer from blairje
Fairbanks, Alaska
Hello Elizabeth, There are no guest laundry facilities or services on site. If you will be staying at a hotel at the Park entrance, prior to or after your stay, some of the hotels offer a laundry service.
Rachel S wrote a tip Sep 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared to disconnect and get in touch with the Alaskan back country."
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Tracie W wrote a tip Sep 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take advantage of the activities offered - the hikes are fantastic! "
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Jennifer H wrote a tip Sep 2023
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring layers. Ditch fancy clothes. Bring your flexibility."
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CosmoExPat wrote a tip Sep 2022
Manama, Bahrain140 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"free laundry, rentable gear"
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bonschroed wrote a tip Sep 2021
Salt Lake City, Utah62 contributions72 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabins/rooms are assigned before you arrive. We shared a common porch and wall with another room also back-to-back with another"
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and kids activities.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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