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 Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) and
the Alaska Range. The family owned and operated lodges are located just 29 air
miles from Denali's (formerly 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 Denali 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), you will be welcomed with refreshments and an orientation.
Afterwards settle into 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 Denali train station by 11:45H. This leaves plenty of time to catch the train or bus to
Anchorage or Fairbanks.