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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
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Arrive in Denali

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive to Denali today and transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Day 2: Into the Heart of Denali

Your Denali adventure will be between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm from the Healy River Airport where you board a helicopter into the heart of Denali National Park. The 35-37mins Helicopter ride includes photo opportunities,  look out for wildlife, glaciers and views of North America's highest peak, Denali. Upon arrival, enjoy a hearty dinner at Denali Backcountry lodge before settling into your cabin.

* helicopter ride will depart from the Denali National Park entrance at Temsco Aviation Self-driving guests with vehicles must park at Denali Cabins where an included complimentary shuttle is available for transfers to/from the air base. Parking and luggage storage is available at Denali Cabins for all guests arriving via car, Park Connection and Alaska Railroad while they are staying at the Denali Backcountry Lodge.

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
take  a helicopter ride back to the Park Entrance this morning. You’ll also have lots of opportunity to observe animals including bears, moose, and wolves along Denali Park Road. A  Your journey with Adventure Life ends here.

*From the park entrance, you will be traveling independently.  We suggest catching the Gold Star Train back to Fairbanks or 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.  We are happy to help travelers arrange this for an additional cost.


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  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gratuities
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Round Trip Porterage Fee Denali Cabins
  • Gold Star Train Ticket: Fairbanks - Denali
  • Airport Taxi Transfers


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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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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!
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