LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY
Caribou Lodge offers one of the most unique and unforgettable
experiences - living with a family in the Alaska bush.
The hosts, Mike
and Pam call Caribou Lodge their home and have lived there year around for 16
years. All supplies are flown in by bush plane. For 2 to 3 months of the year
during winter "freeze-up" and "spring break-up," they are isolated in the
Alaskan Bush. They have raised and home schooled their son. Mike and Pam's
experiences vary from having grizzly bears out the front door, to long winter
nights by the warm fire with a good book while the Aurora Borealis dance
overhead, to surprise visits from traveling wolves. They invite you to share
their dream and experiences with them.
lodge is located on a remote lake above the timberline in the Talkeetna
Mountains. The lodge has one of the most perfect settings to view Mt. McKinley.
Even so the lodge itself if not located inside the boundaries of Denali National
Park, the lodge offers a great alternative to the park. Most of the wildlife
that can be seen inside the park, also live in the area around the lodge
(sightings cannot be guaranteed). The lodge is located just southeast of Denali
National Park and east of Talkeetna. The lodge has no road access and is
accessible via a scenic 20-minute flight by bush plane from Talkeetna. The plane
is equipped with floats in summer and skis for landing on the frozen lake in
winter. The lodge is open year-round.
Lodge setting and
accommodation: The lodge's cabins are cozy and comfortable. A centrally
located shower house is available along with a sauna. The number of guests is
limited to ensure a personalized stay. Larger family type groups can be
accommodated. The lodge offers fantastic views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaskan
Range to the West. Wildlife abounds in the area; caribou, moose, grizzly bears,
sheep, black bears, wolves, coyotes, fox, wolverine, ermine, otters, eagles,
short-eared owls, ptarmigan, loons, Canadian geese, and swans have all been
observed from the comfort of the lodge. Wildflowers abound mid June through
August. Berries ripen in July. The long days of summer bring awesome sunrises
while sunsets behind Mt. McKinley are magic. Your hosts call Caribou Lodge their
home and live there year round.
Meals: Meals are served
family style in the lodge and are homemade hearty Alaskan meals.
Activities: Recreation activities are limited only by
your imagination and the seasons. In summer, you can view wildlife, flora and
fauna for unlimited photography opportunities or take a leisurely boat ride
around the lake and try your hand at catch-and-release fishing. In season,
fields of wildflowers and mouthwatering berries can be found on one of the many
hiking options, from the short hike for a 360 degree view of Mt. McKinley or to
one of the nearby lakes, streams, and beaver ponds for observing the wildlife.
Winter brings cross-country skiing, dog mushing, snowshoeing, and viewing the
1/Arrival: Arrival in Talkeetna on own. At approx. Depart from
Talkeetna on a 20 minute flight by bush plane to Caribou Lodge. The lodge owners
will greet you upon arrival. After an orientation of the lodge, you will discuss
and plan your daily activities. There's time in the afternoon for some
activities or to just relax at the lodge. Overnight Caribou Lodge. (Dinner)
Day 2 +: Activities include hiking and exploring the
high alpine tundra from the lodge. Great views of Mt. McKinley are possible
(weather permitting). Overnight Caribou Lodge. (All meals)
3/Departure: After breakfast (approx. 10:30am) you will depart on the
scenic flight back to Talkeetna. Tour ends upon arrival in Talkeetna.