- Remote lodge in Denali National Park
- Accessible by bus only
- Family owned and operated
- Lodge accommodation (3 night minimum)
- All meals
- Services of guides and use of equipment
- 180 mile round trip transportation through Denali National Park from the
Denali Rail Station
- Park entrance fee and taxes.
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge are the only lodges in the park with a view of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range. These family owned and operated lodges are located just 29 air miles from Mt McKinley's summit. Both lodges offer numerous summer activities, such as guided hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, and fishing. Each lodge has a comprehensive library and an experienced staff of naturalists lead guided hikes to remote alpine valleys, providing the opportunity to see Denali's wildlife and stunning scenery. Camp Denali also has a natural history resource center, complete with exhibits, microscope, herbarium, and artifacts. Enrichment programs are offered by both lodges. Each evening, enjoy programs focused on aspects of Denali's natural and cultural history. Topics include birds, mammals, wildflowers, tundra ecology, geology, mountaineering, land use, and natural resource issues.
LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY
setting: Founded in 1951, Camp Denali is Alaska's original vacation
lodge and nature center, which strives to help visitors gain a personal
knowledge and appreciation for the natural history of Denali National Park.
Owned and operated by the Cole Family since 1975, it is Alaska at its best. Camp
Denali and North Face Lodge are the only lodges with a view of Mt McKinley and
the Alaska Range. The family owned and operated lodges are located just 29 air
miles from Mt McKinley's summit.
Accommodations at Camp Denali are individual cabins situated along a
ridge with commanding views of Mt. McKinley. Each cabin is furnished with a wood
burning stove, propane lights, hand crafted quilts and Alaskan artwork. A
central bath and shower facility is located within a 3 to 7 minute walk from
each cabin. Each cabin has a meticulously kept handmade outhouse. Camp
Denali may not be for everyone. But if you desire an experience away from the
tempo of modern living and enjoy the camaraderie of kindred souls, you will not
Activities: Camp Denali and North Face
Lodge alone can lead guided activities in the higher elevations of the park,
past the Wonder Lake area. This allows guests an opportunity to travel 1 to 1.5
hours on guided excursions to access the higher alpine valleys. This also
provides additional opportunities to see wildlife en route to the hiking areas.
The staff of naturalists assists guests in first-hand exploration of the
Alaskan landscape, searching for wildlife and wildflowers. Nightly programs
focus on aspects of Denali's natural and cultural history, including birds,
mammals and wildflowers; tundra ecology and geology, mountaineering; land use
and natural resource issues. In addition to guided activities, mountain bikes,
canoes and fishing equipment are also available. Both lodges have comprehensive
libraries. At Camp Denali there is a natural history resource center complete
with binocular microscope, herbarium and artifacts.
From wild berry preserves and greenhouse lettuces to its fresh-baked
breads and desserts, the kitchens are known for their creatively prepared and
attractively served food made from the finest quality ingredients. Special diets
can be accommodated on request.
Denali National Park entrance to Camp Denali
Arrive on your own in
Denali National Park. At approximately 13:00H, depart from the train station on
a wildlife bus tour traveling 90 miles of the park road. Along the way, your
driver/naturalist guide will introduce you to the taiga and tundra ecosystems of
the Far North. Stops will be made for spectacular views and to observe wildlife.
A leisurely stop along the banks of the East Fork River will include a
picnic-style dinner. Upon arrival at the lodge (approx. 20-20:30H), your hosts
will welcome you at a reception featuring dessert, fresh fruit, and beverages.
After a short orientation, you will be taken to your cabin or room. Overnight at
Day 2+: Inside Denali National Park
and activities are offered each day. You can explore Denali National Park with a
naturalist guide on an easy, moderate or strenuous guided hike. For the more
independent spirits, enjoy a day of mountain biking, canoeing, or fishing on
your own. You may decide to just relax in the libraries and living rooms at the
lodges. Each evening, after dinner, programs are offered to further enrich your
understanding of sub-arctic and arctic regions. Camp Denali offers presentations
throughout the summer from visiting specialists.
Camp Denali to Denali National Park entrance
Enjoy an early breakfast (begins at 6:00H), before
departing on your bus tour back to the park entrance. Fewer stops are made on
the return trip, so you will arrive back at the park entrance and train station
at approximately 11:30H. This leaves plenty of time to catch the train or bus to
Anchorage or Fairbanks.
Camp Denali has fixed arrival and departure dates!
Children Policy: Programming is best suited for
children ages 8 and up. Children under 12 qualify for the child rate. Rates
available on request. Due to safety concerns, children younger than 16 are
required to stay in a room with an adult.
Dining: Camp Denali has its own dining room. Breakfast
and dinner are served at the lodge. Lunch is a buffet of make-your-own sack
lunch preparations, which are available just after breakfast. Please indicate on
your reservation form if you have special dietary
Alcohol: Camp Denali does not hold a liquor
license. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol.
Electricity: Camp Denali generates its own electricity.
Appliances with heating elements, such as curling irons and hair dryers, will
overload the generators. Therefore, guests are asked not to bring or use hair
dryers or similar items at the lodge. There is no electricity in the
Communication: A pay phone (calling card only)
is located at the lodge for outgoing calls; guests are asked to limit incoming
calls to emergencies only. Do not plan to send or receive faxes or email
messages while at the lodge. Mail is picked up on Mondays and Fridays.
Available Equipment: The lodge lends guests the
following equipment: day packs, water bottles, head nets, walking sticks, rubber
boots, mountain bikes / helmets, canoes / paddles, and fishing
Deposit of 50% is required, without reservation is
not confirmed! Final payment due 60 days prior!
REFUND / CANCELLATION
Any time after our written confirmation: $100 per
person or 10% of invoice total, whichever is greater.
60 to 45 days prior to
lodge stay date: 50% of invoice total.
44 to 31 days prior to lodge stay
date: 60% of invoice total.
30 to 0 days prior to lodge stay date: 100% of
TRAVEL TO ALASKA:
Please make sure you have your proper documents (US Drivers License or
passport) with you, your credit card and camera/video recorder.
If you booked a rental car with us that you will pick up upon arrival in
Alaska, please make sure you provide us with your flight arrival information so
that your car is ready for you when you arrive!
Also remember that Alaska has its own time zone. Alaska is 1 hour behind
Pacific Standard Time / 2 hours behind Mountain Standard Time / 3 hours behind
Central Standard Time / 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
WHAT TO PACK:
Temperatures from June through August range between 60°F / 16° C to 80°F /
27°. May and September are typically cooler, with temperatures ranging between
45°F / 7° C to 55°F / 13° C. Temperatures in the winter can range from -40
degrees to 40 degrees.
If summer or winter the general rule for Alaska is casual, comfortable
clothing that can be worn in layers. The first layer should be something thin
and next to the skin (try to avoid cotton). The second layer adds warmth and
allows you the option of removing if it gets warmer (mostly fleece or similar).
The third layer should protect you against rain and wind if necessary.
For day cruises into Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National
Park, for example, we recommend an extra layer including a scarf, hat and
gloves, as it can be chilly on the boats - even in the summer!
Comfortable walking shoes or water repellent hiking boots are also
If you visit in the winter, your outer layer should
protect you against the cold and wind. Even so jeans are comfortable, they are
not ideal when it is really cold. Ski pants are protecting better against the
cold weather. Do not forget to bring a warm scarf, hat, gloves, and boots.