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Denali Backcountry Lodge

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Explore the remote heart of Denali National Park with your stay at Denali Backcountry Lodge, located at the end of the 92-mile Denali Park Road. Stay in one of 42 cozy cabins and take part in guided naturalist activities such as hiking, biking, gold panning, and other natural history walks. Watch for wildlife or even pamper yourself with a soothing massage. Enjoy this remote and tranquil Alaska wilderness lodge experience.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Fairbanks
Day 2 : Into the Heart of Denali
Days 3-4 : Denali Backcountry Adventures
Day 5 : Train to Anchorage
Day 6 : Return Home


  • Learn about the natural history of Denali from your naturalist guide
  • Watch for brown bears, caribou & moose as you travel through the park
  • Walk to Fannie Quigley's restored pioneer cabin
  • Hiking, fishing, biking, and flightseeing options available

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Trip Type

  • Independent

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Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive Fairbanks


Day 2 Into the Heart of Denali

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Today take the adventure train to the Park Entrance where you board a park bus for the 90-plus mile journey into the heart of Denali National Park. The full day narrated bus experience offers a natural history interpretation along the way by a trained naturalist guide and driver. Keep watch for bear, moose, caribou and other wildlife asyou venture deeper into the wilderness. The 7.5-hour bus ride includes photo opportunities and takes several rest stops to stretch your legs. Snacks and beverages are also available on board. Upon arrival, enjoy a hearty buffet lunch and check in to Denali Backcountry lodge.

After settling in, set out for a guided afternoon activity. Try your hand at gold panning near the lodge, or go for a nature walk with a naturalist to Fannie Quigley's historic pioneer cabin which has been restored by the National Park Service. Settle in for the night.

Day 3-4 Denali Backcountry Adventures

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
These days are free for you to explore all that this remote location has to offer. Enjoy morning yoga or take a shuttle to nearby Wonder Lake for fishing or hiking. Mountain bikes are also available for guests to use as they explore the area, or set out on one of the offered guide naturalist hikes. Spa treatments and flightseeing tours are also offered for an additional fee. The day is yours to explore Denali National Park!

Day 5 Train to Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Join the return bus back to the Park Entrance this morning. As an alternative, we can arrange a flight seeing trip back to the park entrance instead of the bus for additional cost.

From the park entrance, catch the Gold Star Train back to Anchorage. On this route, sparkling salmon streams and stands of birch and spruce come into view, while carpets of fireweed add dramatic purple to the landscape. Enjoy luxury rail service with upper level dome seating and lunch enroute. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 6 Return Home

Denali Backcountry Lodge

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5 day package includes 3 nights Denali Backcountry Lodge and 2 nights hotel


  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $80 Meals not Included
    • meals not included at Denali Cabins
  • $10 Park Entrance Fee
  • $200 Optional Excursions
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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