We just returned from 14 days in Alaska and one stop was the Kantishna Roadhouse. We took the train from Anchorage (which I highly recommend) and stayed one night at the Denali River Cabins (which I would not recommend) If you drive or take the train you need to find another place to stay outside the park before taking the bus in the morning. The Denali River Cabins are owned by the same company that owns The Kantishna. You would think that they would be on board with those travellers that are going on to their Kantishna property. They are NOT. We received very little or incorrect information about our departure the next day for the Roadhouse, and almost missed the bus. We ended up paying a driver $20.00 to race us over to the train station after we waited for 45 minutes for transportation from the DRC down to the train station. I would have stayed at the property next door, which I believe was called The McKinley Resort ( I could be wrong). Also, the restaurant at DRC was disgusting. The service was horrible and the men's bathroom was nasty. The Health Department would have closed them down if they had visited. The ride from the train depot out to the Roadhouse is VERY LONG!! 6 hours on a school bus. The nice part was their driver, Kirsty Knittle. She was awesome. Knew where to find all sorts of animals. The Kantishna itself was very nice, clean and the food was pretty good, aside from the lamb chops they served one evening, I just don't like lamb. The cabins were big and clean. The gold panning was a little disappointing because they bring in dirt from another location for you to pan. You're not allowed to pan in the river, The staff was very nice. The dogsled racing was a bit hoaky. I felt sorry for the dogs when I went down to visit them. I don't think they get out much more than the few minutes a day for the demonstration. If we were to do it again, I might look into the Denali Backcountry Lodge. The facilities aren't as nice but the location is better. Right on the river.I think they cater better to families. On a final note, we opted to fly out rather than take the bus again. Well worth the extra $780.00 for 4 of us. Our pilot, Connie was great and he did a fabulous job of buzzing Denali for us to get a real, close look. We were very lucky. The mountain was out it its full glory one of the days of our stay. Seeing it is life-changing!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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, free mountain bike rental/usage, and 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 red and white bus, marked "Kantishna Roadhouse," 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kantishna Roadhouse Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve