This is one of these unassuming places that is just special. Jennifer, Claude, Bob and extended family are just great hosts, the kind of people you feel like you've known forever from the first time you meet. The Lodge is very nice...homey rather than fancy. We stayed upstairs in the two suites. Actually only booked one but they knew we needed more room so they let us spread out for no extra charge. Food is served family style. Again nothing fancy but good. And the other guests all were like extended family as well (a group of biologists, etc. working on a project). Everyone was just happy...the place just has that aura.
The lodge is almost exactly half way on the Denali Highway (a must take drive!!!) on land originally owned by the guy who designed the road, given to him as part of his pay as I understood it. All meals are included because...well, there's nothing else out here! Which is what makes it so special. At night, everyone just sort of migrated out to the picnic tables and soaked it all in. Our kids made fast friends with Bob and had a blast running around the compound. We just chilled outside watching the changing light on the mountains. Our only regret is that we didn't stay an extra night and take a backcountry ATV trip.
Needless to say, I highly recommend a trip on the Denali Highway and a stop at the Alpine Creek Lodge...and tell them we said hey!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a wilderness lodge in remote Alaska. We are open year round, every day. Alpine Creek Lodge is on the Denali Highway, so travelers can get there in the summer via a gravel road. 68 miles West of Paxson Alaska, and 67 miles East of Cantwell, Alaska. In the summer, we offer hiking tours, photography tours, wildlife viewing tours, gold panning tours, fishing tours and much more! Fully guided, or you can do it yourself! In the winter, the road is not plowed from October 15th to May 15th. During this period, snow machine, dog mushing, skiing, etc are the only way to get to us. Drop off and pick up are available in Cantwell, Alaska via snow machine or tracked vehicle. We are on the South side of the Alaska Range, in the Clearwater Mountains, and this is where you will find real Alaska! Jennifer Bondy ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alpine Creek Lodge Cantwell, Alaska