My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Denali Backcountry Lodge July 2012. This could be a once-in-a-liletime experience but it falls short. Ok, they do a great job in the middle of nowhere!! You are basically at the end of the road in Denali Park. There is no power and everything runs off of 2 generators. Water is supplied to the cabins as is power.The rooms are very nice. We had one that faces the river with a spectacular feel and I would recommend spending the small additional margin to get one of these. The rooms are luxurious for where they are. Your other option is camping at Wonder lake which is about 10 miles back up the Denali road. Big difference. The food attempts to be gourmet and is great for where you are. The staff is extremely nice. The place is very clean and well kept. Tara is a splendid host and tries to meet your needs. So what do I want, egg in my beer?
Where does it fall short? Well, we went there to hike. We figured with 2 full days available to us we might be able to have a guided all day hike. The lodge is not set up for this and prefers rather modest half day trips that start and return to their front door. They could easily do better. They were more concerned about getting us back for lunch. This is not a cruise ship!!You really ought to have a guide and not go off by yourself in Gris country. The evening movies are short park production Nature type DVD's which are boring to say the least. I know this sounds like picky stuff, but they need to be more thoughtful about their activites. There you are in one of the most remote and beautiful settings in the world and somehow, it is not exciting. I mean it really flops !! We did enjoy the bike ride to Wonder lake one afternoon on our own but I have to admit I wish I had some bear spray with me. So what do I really think? Go there but it might be more restful then you want and no one goes all the way there to rest!! Rest somewhere else. They need to kick it up at least 2 notches and provide some memorable experiences for those who want it.
Another option is to stay at the opening to Denali park and take a park bus in and the ranger guided hike. Two days of this would be plenty and alot cheaper.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When planning your Alaska vacation don't settle for just another Denali hotel! Journey with us winding through the Alaska Range, deep into the heart of the Denali National Park, 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Denali Backcountry Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve
- Hotel Denali Backcountry