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Blackburn Cabins: Dora Keen Cabin

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1 bedroom
1 bathroom
4 guests
1 night minimum
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Stay with us at Blackburn Cabins and explore historic Kennicott and McCarthy, and the natural wilds of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We are conveniently located on the wagon road between McCarthy and Kennicott, Alaska. Just a mile from the footbridge or McCarthy! Nestled in the forest near the toe of the Kennicott Glacier, our 5 eco-friendly, private log cabins offer a comfortable place to rest after a day of exploring the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The cabins, completed in 2015, were modeled after nearby original trapper cabins. Each cabin has two full size beds, a small kitchen set up with running water, and a drinking water filtration system. The cabins share a shower house with hot water (also considered a luxury in this neck of the woods!), along with an outhouse. Lin...Stay with us at Blackburn Cabins and explore historic Kennicott and McCarthy, and the natural wilds of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We are conveniently located on the wagon road between McCarthy and Kennicott, Alaska. Just a mile from the footbridge or McCarthy! Nestled in the forest near the toe of the Kennicott Glacier, our 5 eco-friendly, private log cabins offer a comfortable place to rest after a day of exploring the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The cabins, completed in 2015, were modeled after nearby original trapper cabins. Each cabin has two full size beds, a small kitchen set up with running water, and a drinking water filtration system. The cabins share a shower house with hot water (also considered a luxury in this neck of the woods!), along with an outhouse. Linens, dishware, and towels are all provided. Two bicycles per cabin are available for our guests.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: Ask
Kid Friendly: Yes
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1 Shower
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About the Owner
Mark and Olivia W
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:September 2015
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Stayed here for two nights in July. A wonderful cabin with everything you need. Nothing like having a shower after hiking all day and exploring the area. It is an easy walk into town (McCarthy) for supper, a cold beer etc. Plus we had access...More

Date of stay: July 2018
Thank truckbuilder
Reviewed June 26, 2018

If you ever decide to visit the McCarthy/Kennicott area , by all means try to stay at Blackburn Cabins. If you are use to camping or off grid living, you should have no problem. The cabins are charming and clean. The hot showers are wonderful!...More

Date of stay: June 2018
2  Thank brokeagain2018
Reviewed September 3, 2017

A wonderful little haven at the end of the road. Mark and Livvie are wonderful hosts and have done a great job with Blackburn Cabins. I loved the outdoor shower, with the blue skies above. The cabins provide the basics with a touch of rustic...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank 308karag
Reviewed August 12, 2017

My friend and I stayed here as part of a tour, and we fell in love with the cabins! They were so thoughtfully organized, quiet, rustic yet comfortable - and the BEDS were SOOO amazingly comfortable. It was nice to stay in the woods, yet...More

Date of stay: August 2017
Thank Bigskies5
Reviewed February 3, 2017

Four of us (two of us in our 70's) arrived on January 27th (McCarthy Rd from Chitna was great in and out) and picked up two snow machines. Mark came over and led us across the Kennicott River to his cabins near McCarthy. Cabins were...More

Date of stay: January 2017
3  Thank Gerard H
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

We arrived on no-notice after the 15th of September when almost everything in McCarthy/Kennecott is shut down. They were great - setting up our cabin, arranging for a meal, providing transportation from and back to the bridge, giving us local guidance, and providing bicycles. The...More

Date of stay: September 2016
Thank Zoomie70
Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

We loved our night at Blackburn! The cabin and beds are extremely comfortable! Host is very accommodating and wanted to make sure we had a great stay! Would highly recommend!!!

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Melanielovestravel
Reviewed August 29, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Blackburn Cabins for a couple nights while traveling through McCarthy and really enjoyed our stay. Our cabin was spacious enough for us both to stretch out a bit and have plenty of room for our belongings. The beds...More

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Napoleonjr1
Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

My parents and I enjoyed our stay here while visiting McCarthy. We really appreciated the pick-up and drop-off at the foot bridge and found the cabins to be charming. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen set-up was sufficient, and the location was within walking distance...More

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank KathrynO143
Reviewed August 6, 2016

We enjoyed spending the night in this authentic and rustic cabin built Mark himself. The cabin and the beds were very comfortable. The shower-house and outside toilets are quite rustic but you will enjoy being in the middle of the nature (and maybe hoping that...More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank 980brunoj
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: Ask
Kid Friendly: Yes
Grill
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Kettle
Linens Provided
Stove
Towels Provided
City Getaway
Hiking Trips
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighborhood
McCarthy, Alaska was not the first town established to support the mining town of Kennicott. The town of Blackburn was first established in the early 1900’s as a settlement of hopeful workers and businessmen. In 1911, the Blackburn Roadhouse was built. It was a two-story structure built with logs and milled wood, and at the time it was considered the “biggest log structure in the district.” After a two year boom, Blackburn faced a sudden economic downturn caused by the Shushanna gold rush. Because its location was not on the direct route of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, Blackburn did not endure. The Blackburn schoolhouse was hauled to Kennicott and the remaining buildings fell into disrepair.
Getting around
We provide transportation to and from the footbridge upon arrival and departure. Bicycles are provided to each cabin for the duration of your stay. You may also take the Wrangell Mountain Shuttle between McCarthy and Kennicott for $10 per person one way or $15/person round trip.
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