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North Face Lodge
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Reviewed July 23, 2010

We just returned from a trip to Alaska that included three days at North Face Lodge in Denali National Park. The lodge is located near the end of the 95 mile dirt road that traverses the park. it is about 2 miles from Wonder Lake. The accomodations and staff were terrific. They serve breakfast and dinner and let you pack your lunch before heading out for your daily adventure. All of the food was fresh, healthy and full of flavor. The views of the mountain, "when it is out", are also incredible. If you are wanting to stay inside the park, I would highly recommend North Face Lodge.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank gowest44
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

We had high expectations and NFL exceeded them!

Rooms all have indoor plumbing, are cozy but of adequate size. The lodge has a very nice common area and dining room. the big--really big--plus here is the staff and the activities. Everyone there is working hard to make sure guests have a quality time. The food is delicious.

they offer three naturalist led outtings each day ranging from drive with brief walks, moderate hikes (which i did both days), and a strenuous hike; each day we went to a different locale. In addition they offer other activities--biking, canoing, fishing, etc all included. The naturalists are excellent and sensitive to guests abilities and interests.

Not only that, but they have available rain gear, knapsacks, boots, fishing gear, etc.

Fantastic scenery, lots of wildlife (see some pics), fascinating flora, glaciers, and more. Evening lectures on geology/flora/fauna.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank peregrineguy7
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Reviewed June 30, 2010

We stayed for four nights in early June, 2010. The lodge is at the Kantishna end of the road inside Denali National Park. Room was not luxurious but fine for where you are and what you do there. Food was excellent and staff was very helpful. No wine served here but you can bring your own. Excellent naturalist programs were offered each evening after dinner. Various outdoor activities were offered each day. Guided hikes had varying degrees of difficulty: strenuous, moderate, easy. Not used to walking on Alaskan tundra, a moderate hike in early June turned out to be wet and almost strenuous. If you go in early June, be sure to bring hiking gaiters. It is an expensive place to stay but there are few alternatives if you want to stay inside the park. Compared with two other lodges in the same area we were glad we stayed here. Family owned and operated for many years it was great to be in a place where pride of ownership still exists. Expensive, but worth it - and you won't be disappointed. A little tip - you can fly out of Kantishna and avoid the 6-hour bus ride back out of the park to the park entrance. Use Kantishna Air Taxi - Katair.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank PVRalph
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Reviewed April 11, 2010

If you like peace and quiet, a remarkable landscape, great company, great food, and plumbing to go with it, look no further. North Face Lodge made our trip to Alaska a special one for this and many more reasons. From the moment they pick you up at the rail depot, to the drop off 4 days later, the staff make every moment count. The experience is just as good as the video you will see from Great Lodges. Take the plunge - its worth the $$$.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank DeepakSury
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

After extensive research online trying to plan our AK adventure, my aunt and I found North Face Lodge. Based on the reviews from trip advisor, we booked our 3 days (the indoor plumbing was the deciding factor). The bus ride out to the lodge was long-there's no way around it, but filled with frequent stops for wildlife (plentiful) and bathroom breaks. It was smaller than a regular bus with large windows that open and plenty of leg room. Half way or so was a stop for an early dinner which was very nice. The driver was excellent in his driving skills on the narrow gravel road (a little scary passing other buses on the one way road) and in his knowledge of the changing scenery and abundant wildlife. The room was very small but really all you're doing there is sleeping, so they were perfectly fine and clean. I enjoyed the fact that there was no TV or cell phone service. The dining area was beautiful with huge picture windows. The food was good, I loved the homemade breads and blueberry jam. After breakfast we packed a lunch to bring with us on the hikes. There was a variety of sandwich makings to choose from (I found there's just something special about eating peanut butter and jelly on the tundra!) All the guides were extremely knowledgable and passionate about the area, always willing to answer questions. The guided hikes were divided into 3 levels: strenuous, moderate, and a wilderness foray. My aunt and I were a little intimidated by the strenuous hike description with it's climb in elevation, but the moderate hikes we ended up going on were a little too slow. I would have liked a hike that was longer maybe 6-8 miles without too much change in elevation. What we ended up doing was after our moderate hike we hiked to Wonder Lake, which you can take right from the lodge(another few miles) and that was very enjoyable. The last night before we left, I ended up taking a flightseeing tour around Denali that was absolutely incredible. The mountain had not been out the entire time we were there, so going up above the clouds to see it was one of the most amazing experiences. The morning of our departure, we were ready for breakfast at 0545 for the bus ride out. The ride out is much faster although we still stopped for occasional wildlife and bathroom breaks. We were taken to where our rental car was parked and that was that. It's definitely pricey, but to me it was worth it , I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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6  Thank Travelgirl169
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

My husband and our two 20-something children had a most extraordinary stay here. We opted for this indoor plumbing hotel, although the sister hotel up the road, looked charming with its individual cabins and wooden stoves (and outhouses). These two are virtually the only in-park accomodations available and that makes them enormously more interesting than the hotels situated at the park entrance (you do the 4 hour drive into the heart of the park only once, not daily). The daily guided hikes, available at three different fitness levels, are led by enthusiastic scientists who not only know their stuff but love telling you about it and are fun and encouraging. The food is truly world-class and great efforts are made to have it fresh and wholesome. Only caveat -- bring your own wine, they serve no alcohol.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank nancyjanin
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

We stayed for 4 nights at North Face Lodge. It was an incredible experience and one I would do again in a heartbeat. The staff, especially the naturalist guides, are all fantastic. They were well-informed, well-organized and able to provide a completely interesting wilderness experience to varied group of guests. We hiked for 3 days with their talented and trained guides whose obvious love and passion for the Alaskan wilderness was infectious. The hikes were varied and educational. Saw a lot of wildlife on the hikes and on the (long) bus ride in to the Alaska interior where this fantastic lodge is located. The rooms and bathrooms are a bit small but clean, comfortable and quiet. The food was exceptional. The educational evening programs were a treat. Loved this place. It's pricey but well worth it. Unique and special.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Post Office Box 67, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755-0067
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Location: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
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Free Breakfast Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located near the end of the unpaved, mountainous 90-mile road into Denali National Park, North Face Lodge is one of only two in-park lodgings in view of Mt. McKinley. It specializes in learning adventures for active travelers, featuring naturalist-led hikes and field trips for visitors who wish to explore Denali in-depth. ... more   less 
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