The Denali Backcountry Lodge is located as far into the Denali National Park as you can go. It is situated in a bend of the rushing Moose Creek. What a delight to watch the creek from the porch with the mountains in the distance. A few yards down the bend you can pan for gold. They provide everything. At night you can hear the water rushing by. If you want to fish, hike, ride bicycles, whatever, once you are there, it is included. They will also loan you fishing poles, hip waders, and don't forget THAT MOSQUITO HEADNET!! Yes, they have those, too! Every little (very comfortable) log cabin is free standing connected to the others by a wooden walk way. That can be a bit noisy, but it is meant to keep the path clean and dry in wet weather. The individual cabins are not locked. What a nice feeling to have that kind of security. Their motto - it's a long way out and WE drive the bus!!
We bought the Backcountry Safari package which included two nights at the entrance (Denali Cabins) and one night at the Lodge. Everything was included, even a welcoming reception. And when it is time to check out they pack you a lunch to take with you. It is expensive. But when you consider their location and the effort to get everything there, you understand. There is no electricity so all power has to be generated. They really do everything they can to accommodate your wants and wishes. Some of the dinners were a little bland, but no one will go hungry with this package. The bus ride in (92 miles) takes 6-1/2 hours with the passengers being the spotters. Anytime an animal is spotted you shout to the driver to stop. They everyone searches through his binoculars to find it. It is really fun. One time a caribou got right in front of the bus and wouldn't let us pass. We folllowed him at least a mile till he finally left the road. The driver was patient, giving the animal full right of way. We loved our stay and our visit to Denali National Park.
- 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