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Denali Backcountry Lodge

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Explore the remote heart of Denali National Park during 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 natural history walks. Watch for wildlife or even pamper yourself with a soothing massage. Enjoy this remote and tranquil Alaska wilderness lodge experience.
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  • 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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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Into the Heart of Denali

Your Denali adventure will begin with a helicopter flight to Kantishna, in the heart of the park.  You will meet for orientation in the late morning, and flights (weather dependent) will commence in the early afternoon.  The 30-minute helicopter ride certainly includes photo opportunities - look out for wildlife, glaciers and views of North America's highest peak, Denali. Upon arrival at Kantishna, transfer a couple of miles by bus to the lodge and enjoy a hearty dinner at Denali Backcountry lodge before settling into your cabin.

**With a late-morning orientation today, most travelers will need to have spent the previous night at a hotel near the Denali entrance.  Access to Denali can be gained via Anchorage or Fairbanks -  using rental car, Park Connection bus or the Alaskan Railroad - but all of these will entail a 4-6 hour commute.  Please contact us for specific logistical details and assistance.  

Day 2-3: Denali Backcountry Adventures

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  • 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 guided naturalist hikes offered by the lodge. Spa treatments and flightseeing tours are also options for an additional fee. The days are yours to explore Denali National Park how you wish!

Day 4: Return to Denali Entrance

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a final morning by Moose Creek, then join the helicopter in Kantishna for the ride back to the east side of the park in the early afternoon.  

**With these helicopter flights so contingent on weather, travelers must have flexibility in their onward travel, back toward Anchorage or Fairbanks.  travelers who left a rental car on the east side of the park for the last several days can likely move on to Anchorage or Fairbanks this evening.  travelers who are looking to use the Park Connection bus or the Alaska Railroad will need to add another hotel night outside the park entrance.  Please contact us for specific logistical details and assistance.  


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Lodge arrival and departure days are limited to Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday only.

Wednesday start dates allow for 2-night, 4-night or 7-night stays
Friday start dates allow for 2-night, 5-night and 7-night stays
Sunday start dates allow for 3-night, 5-night and 7-night stays
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities
  • Scenic flight between park entrance and Kantishna, and return
  • Round-trip Shuttle Service: Park Entrance/Lodge
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Train, bus or rental car connections to/from Anchorage or Fairbanks
  • Airport Taxi Transfers
  • Pre- and post- accommodations near Denali Park Entrance
  • Round Trip Porterage Fee Denali Cabins


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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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