North Face Lodge in Denali National Park
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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.

LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY

INFORMATION

Location/lodge setting:
Grant Pearson's rustic log cabin still stands on the five acres where North Face Lodge was built in 1973. Situated on a tundra meadow in the Moose CreekValley, the inn boasts fine views of the crests of Mount McKinley and six other major peaks of the Alaska Range.

Accommodation: In the mid-eighties, North Face Lodge was purchased and renovated by Camp Denali's owners. Its 15 small, well-appointed guestrooms, each with private bath, connect to a covered walkway that leads to the inn's comfortably furnished living room and dining room. On cool mornings, a crackling fire in the stone fireplace compliments fine Denali views from the living room's tall windows. On warm, sunny afternoons, a spacious patio invites relaxation in view of Denali's summit.

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.

Meals: 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.

ITINERARY

Day 1/Arrival: Denali National Park entrance to North Face Lodge 
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 North Face Lodge.

Day 2+: Inside Denali National Park
Various adventures 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.

Departure Day: North Face Lodge 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.


Tour Highlights

  • Remote lodge in Denali National Park
  • Accessible by bus only
  • Family owned and operated

Tour Includes

  • 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.

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