We recently stayed at the North Face Lodge in Denali National Park during their Friday-Monday tour. The day trips with their naturalist guides were outstanding. They took groups, no larger than eight in vans and traveled to areas of interest to the lodge guests. We saw a variety of wildlife, indescribable scenery and had lessons on the geology of the park. This is the only lodge within the park that has a view of the mountain. They also have canoes available at Wonder Lake and fishing equipment for the nearby streams and Wonder Lake. We were too tired at the end of the day to take advantage of these.
The accommodations are minimalist but we spent little time in our rooms. The main lodge is very comfortable and is open 24/7. The staff is great and sincerely wants their guests to have an experience of a lifetime. The food was good but not what I would call gourmet. Their brochure says that they serve a fish, meat and vegetarian dish nightly but we were served salmon one night and roasted pork loin the other without a choice of entree. Breakfast was hearty and lunches were packed by the guests before the day trips and enjoyed as a picnic. The evening meal when entering the park is a picnic dinner with a great selection of meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts. Dessert is served in the lodge dining room upon arrival.
The housekeeping service is great and the rooms are clean. I would stay here again if given the opportunity and recommend it over the other lodges. Four years ago we stayed at the Denali Back Country Lodge and did not have the great experience that we had at North Face Lodge.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- North Face Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve