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Backwoods Lodge
Reviewed March 28, 2013

There aren't many places to stay in Cantwell, but this is a great place to stay if you are ever there. The rooms are clean, lots of space and easy to get to. They have a small refridgerator, microwave, hot pot, coffee pot, hot cocoa, popcorn and paper plates there for you to use. Which I thought was very convenient. We had 2 queen size beds in our room that were average in comfort, but all in all was impressed with the place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

This place is awesome. We live in Alaska and enjoy traveling around the state. We stay in small family run lodging 2-3 times a year usually just weekend trips. This is the nicest place we have stayed in years. Probably my favorite for several reasons. The location is great, in Cantwell on the Denali highway and close to the park. The area is just beautiful with snowmachining in winter and atv trails for summer. The lodge is small with only 10-12 rooms, parking is good and will accomodate a trailer with atv's or snowmachines. Rooms are large and ours had 2 queen and a twin bed. The layout is also good with the bathroom sink outside of the bathroom and a long counter opposite with a microwave and a coffee pot. They have several very nice grills available also. The rooms were very clean and well kept. The owners were friendly and made us feel welcome.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

As we wanted a change from Denali cabins I booked here because of closer to the jetboat tour.Well this place was great,NICE PEOPLE,VERY CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE.The downside is not close to anything else thats good,need to go about 10 mile to decent food,and definetly don't do jetboat.But this place I would highly recommend to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

There is almost nothing in Cantwell. However, this motel-style lodge provides an excellent alternative to the industrial strength tourist facilities near the Denali NP entrance. The units are set back off the Denali Hwy. (NOT the Parks Hwy.) so they are very quiet (there's almost no traffic on the Denali Hwy. anyway). The rooms are large, clean, well-equipped (fridge, microwave, etc.), and comfortable. One could not ask for anything more, and in interior AK you can often get a whole lot less. The owners were very pleasant and helpful. There are barbeque grills are with each room and the owners even have some food items available for sale. There is one small cafe in Cantwell that will keep you alive, but not too much more, and essentially no other services. It is only about 25 miles to the Denali NP entrance area, however.

The Denali Hwy. goes eastward from here for about 136 miles to Paxson (where the Denali Highway Cabins are an excellent place to stay) on the Richardson Hwy. The Denali runs for miles across beautiful alpine tundra and through boreal forest that abounds with wildlife. It is well worth a look if you have the time.

For a meal that is really exceptional by any standards, don't miss the restaurant named 229 Parks (at that milepost on the Parks Hwy. between Cantwell and the park entrance. It is not cheap, but the food is imaginative and superbly prepared using lots of local ingredients.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

The owners were delightful even though we showed up after 8:30 with no reservation! The room is very large and very clean. Our room has a refrigerator and microwave too which is handy. You know what i mean if you know the area at all. We're even staying a second night. It's outside of Denali, about 27 miles. But Denali is easily accessible from here. There is also local companies that do tours, flight seeing and jeeps so you don't have to navigate the craziness of Denali to do them. Great cafe only one minute away too.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

The Backwoods Lodge is a motel style accommodation located on the (paved) part of the Denali Highway just outside of Cantwell. Cantwell is tiny with no really nice places to eat so the gas barbeques and food on sale were a great way to cook dinner. The owners were friendly and helpful.

Our room was extremely spacious and had everything that you could possibly need. I would definitely recommend staying here if you are planning a trip along the Denali Highway.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

We were driving to Anchorage from Fairbanks for our flight home, and this was a perfect mid point stop for a winter's overnight stay. This is a small motel unit nestled in beautiful trees. The room was nice. It had a little microwave, fridge, sink and paper plates. The bed was comfy, the tv and heater worked, and we had plenty of hot water when needed. What more does one need in the middle of "nowhere" (or so it seemed to us travelers from the lower 48 who were just passing through - no offense to the locals - this is a very beautiful area!)? The proprietor was very friendly. The grounds idyllic in the winter. I will definitely stay again, if fate brings me back to Cantwell.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Backwoods Lodge

Address: Denali Highway, Cantwell, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99729
Location: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve > Cantwell
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Cantwell
Price Range: $132 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Backwoods Lodge is a 10 room motel with 2 cabins. We are known for our impeccably clean rooms. We are located in a quiet wooded area, only 27 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park. We are located on the Denali Highway, the second most scenic highway in Alaska. We have views of Mt. McKinley from the property and we are surrounded by mountains. We are pet friendly and offer pet sitting. ... more   less 
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