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Caribou Lodge is located on a remote lake above the timberline in the Talkeetna Mountains, just southeast of Denali National Park and East of Talkeetna. Nature and Tranquility are the only neighbors. Caribou Lodge is one of a select few Alaska lodges with fantastic views of Mt. McKinley and the Talkeetna mountains. Wildlife in the area include caribou, moose, grizzly and black bears, Dall sheep, wolves, coyotes, fox, wolverine and many species of birds.

The long days of summer bring awesome early sunrises, and the elegance of the midnight sun as it slips behind Mt. McKinley is a sight to behold. Spending a few days in your private rustic but comfortable cabin will be an insightful experience of bush living in Alaska.

Lodge owners Mike and Pam have called Caribou Lodge home for many years and genuinely look forward to sharing their stories and Alaska wilderness lifestyle with you.


LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY

INFORMATION

Your hosts: 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.

Location: The 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 Northern Lights.

ITINERARY

Day 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)

Day 3/Departure: After breakfast (approx. 10:30am) you will depart on the scenic flight back to Talkeetna. Tour ends upon arrival in Talkeetna. (Breakfast)



Tour Highlights

  • Live with an Alaskan Bush Family in the Talkeetna Mountains
  • Accessible by air only

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip float plane flight from Talkeetna
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • All meals while at the lodge
  • Service of guides
  • Use of recreational equipment
  • All taxes and fees.

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