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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.

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

Creek views at Denali Backcountry Lodge Bus ride out to Denali Backcountry Lodge Al fresco campfires at Denali Backcountry Lodge Bus ride out to Denali Backcountry Lodge The Nest Aerial shot of Denali Backcountry Lodge The lounge at Denali Backcountry Lodge Bus ride out to Denali Backcountry Lodge

Day 1 Arrive Fairbanks

Arrive to Fairbanks and overnight in town.  Get some rest before the adventures begin!

Day 2 Into the Heart of Denali

Transfer yourself to the train station for a ride on the Alaska railroad to the Denali Park Entrance. Here you will 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 as you venture deeper into the wilderness. The 7.5-hour bus ride includes photo opportunities and takes several rest stops to stretch your legs. Complimentary beverages and snacks for purchase are available on board. Upon arrival, enjoy a hearty dinner at Denali Backcountry lodge before settling into your cabin.

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 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 5 Train to Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 an 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 as well as lunch and dinner enroute. Overnight Anchorage.

Day 6 Return Home

Return home or continue your independent travels in Alaska.

Denali Backcountry Lodge

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


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


  • Internal Flights
    • $495 Train Fare Fairbanks - Denali - Anchorage Gold Star Service
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights


  • $120 Meals not Included
  • $10 Park Entrance Fee
  • $200 Optional Excursions
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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