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1 Doyon Pl # 300, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99701-2941
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#7 of 40 Specialty lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
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Kantishna Roadhouse is a 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. The transportation to and from the resort is half the fun. Our buses gives you the opportunity to see abundant wildlife in its natural setting, including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou, dall sheep, among other critters. 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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Fairbanks Intl Airport129 miSee all flights
Lake Minchumina Airport48 miSee all flights
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Drew wrote a review Aug 2020
North Pole, Alaska15 contributions1 helpful vote
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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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BlueRidgeTourist wrote a review Sep 2019
Charlottesville, Virginia192 contributions36 helpful votes
We spent four nights in September and had a wonderful time. We saw most wildlife on the bus tour in and out, and also saw Denali, which is frequently covered in clouds. Many people spend just two nights, but that offers little time to partake in hikes, evening talks, trips to Wonder Lake, gold planning, etc. With four evenings, we felt immersed in the wild of western Denali. We even awoke early to look for the aurora. Missed it, but the stars were amazing. The best reason to stay here is the staff. The bus driver, hiking guide, and guides to Wonder Lake and Jane Quigley were wonderful. They are very knowledgeable and passionate. We also loved the sled dog presentation and demo. My wife saw it 3 times! We also read past reviews that food was mediocre. We thought the food was fresh and quite good, and served promptly. No complaints. We have stayed at many remote eco lodges and our cabin was very comfortable with a heater, plenty of hot water, and screens covering windows when you want fresh air. We love September because you have plenty of daylight, fewer mosquitoes, and reduced crowds. This is the place to unplug the electronic devices and immerse yourself in the beauty of Denali National Park. We would definitely return.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Marie M, General Manager at Kantishna Roadhouse
Responded Sep 13, 2019
Thank you so much for the thorough review! It's great to hear that you enjoyed the food and found the guides to be so very welcoming. That's exactly what we aim for. We agree that 3-4 days really help you feel immersed in the surroundings of Denali. We'd love to have you back!
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Piu wrote a review Sep 2019
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The moment I booked the room it was great experience. Emmit was able to keep our request to give us 2 queen bed and one extra bed cabin. The driver Drew was driving on an unpaved road and talking all the time. Very tough job!!!! We saw 15 bears including one black bear on our way in and 6 bears on our way out. Everybody in the lodge are very dedicated and hard worker. Karen and Jenny in the kitchen, Emily, Nicholas, Brian and Melisa were great guides and their presentation and telling the story about this area was great. We did all the activities and they even took us to mirror lake by car and the view was spectacular!!!!! Food was amazing!!! It is great to have that great food in a wilderness ..... I do not know why people complain about the food. The amount and taste is excellent. The only thing I did not like is the family style dinner where we wasted more than half the food that was served. Last day that is why we ordered less and did not waste any food at all!!! We also got gold during gold panning and loved the souvenir that we received!!!! I would ask them to make some magnets and pins as Souvenirs!!! Love love love the experiences!!!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Marie M, General Manager at Kantishna Roadhouse
Responded Sep 13, 2019
Thank you so much for the glowing and thorough review. That's a lot of bear sightings! We'd love to host you again in the future.
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ericdD9590ZG wrote a review Sep 2019
Seal Rock, Oregon15 contributions1 helpful vote
This may be my favorite place in Alaska. It takes awhile to get to the lodge but the ride there on their bus might be the best part going thru Denali National Park. If your lucky, you will see many animals including Bears, mountain sheep and others.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from Marie M, General Manager at Kantishna Roadhouse
Responded Sep 13, 2019
Thank you for the review! We agree that the ride out and in offers some of the best opportunities to see the remote wilderness of Denali National Park.
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Sisnkaty wrote a review Sep 2019
Houston, Texas33 contributions25 helpful votes
Just returned from Alaska and part of our stay (3 days) was at Kantishna Roadhouse. Here is how our stay went: The directions and time to catch the bus at the visitor's center was spot on. We did eat prior to boarding, however, lots of folks boarded with a packed sandwich to enjoy. All that is asked is that you clean up after yourself. The view and narrations from Drew and Kirsty were priceless. Every single time that someone saw wildlife, the driver gently stopped and used their binoculars to help find all kinds of critters. We saw bears, caribou, moose(crossed our road), ptarmigan, sheep, a fox and much more. It is a 5 hour bus ride - longer if you stop more often. The first 15 miles is a paved road, the remainder of the 77 miles is a graded and maintained gravel road. We made 4 very timely restroom stops at park maintained facilities. Not port-a-potties but a building with primitive plumbing (seat/hole). The roadhouse itself is very charming. Lots of rocking chairs out front and clean comfy beds with tons of hot water. The kitchen had a delicious bolognese pasta ready and waiting when we arrived. The schedule for the next day was ready and presented each evening during dessert. The staff was always amazing. Always ready and willing to help and answer questions with a smile and happy heart. Even gave me an unscheduled fly fishing demo. All the gear you need is provided, rods/reels with fly already attached. Moose Creek to fish is literally 20 ft. from the lodge front door. The hike to Blueberry hill was awesome, led by Mary. Again, any gear, hiking pants/rain jacket is available at no charge. There is also an entire rack of bikes and helmets. Each day a casual, moderate or intense hike is led by staff. They do have shuttle vans for transport to the various activities also. We had tomato bisque/grilled ham & cheese/fresh salad for lunch. Salmon/fresh salad/mixed veggies with hot blueberry cobbler the second night. All very good served family style. They offer a different program each evening about various topics (living of the land in Alaska, etc.) and the staff was always well prepared. Tons of great picture books up in the library about Alaska. The iditarod presentation was exceptional; given from a first hand race experience and the dogs are on the property to see and pet at the end of the presentation. Lunch was pastrami sandwich/soup/fresh green salad. Dinner was duck with wild rice and veggies with a fresh salad and cheesecake. Again, very tasty. Each day started with scrambled eggs/bacon/sausage/french toast/oatmeal and all the trimmings served buffet style. Again, all was very good. The staff here is extremely aware and works every day to care for the natural environment & wildlife they work around. They are careful to preserve the park in so many small/big ways. The Roadhouse was the best part of our trip. Get away from the 1000's of people coming off the cruise ships into town, restaurants, buses,etc. See the wildlife and breathtaking scenery- no wifi,internet, or tv. Have a drink in the bar ($6-$9) with light snacks and play some board games, we did and had a great time. Take the trip to the Quigley house by shuttle, to learn all about the area and pan for gold in the creek at the lodge. It was great and again the staff makes it fun. There is a Nature trail at the back of the park also that we explored. Well marked and easy to follow. Definitely recommend this stay.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Marie M, General Manager at Kantishna Roadhouse
Responded Sep 13, 2019
Thanks for the in depth review.Providing a glimpse into the natural wilderness of Alaska is something we aim to provide to all of our guests. It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your stay and took care to notice how much our staff cares about preserving the park.
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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.