This independent self-drive tour features Alaska’s finest accommodation with a stay in Girdwood and Talkeetna as well as a wilderness lodge experience in Denali National Park!... Read more.
Founded in 1951, Camp Denali is Alaska’s original vacation lodge and nature center, which strives to help Alaska visitors gain a personal knowledge and appreciation for the natural history of Denali National Park. Owned and operated by the Cole Family since 1975, Camp Denali is Alaska at its best. This lodge together with 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 summit.
Numerous lodge-based summer activities, such as guided hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, and fishing are at hand. The 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.
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 National Park’s natural and cultural history, including birds, mammals and wildflowers; tundra ecology and geology, mountaineering; land use and natural resource issues.
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Accommodations at Camp Denali are individual cabins situated along a ridge with commanding views of Mt. Denali. Each cabin is furnished with a wood burning stove, propane lights, hand crafted quilts and Alaskan artwork. The cabins do not have a bathroom! 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 be disappointed.
Denali National Park Entrance to Camp Denali
Arrive on your own in Denali National Park around noon/12:00H. In the early afternoon 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 in the evening you will be welcomed with refreshments and an orientation. Afterwards settle into your cabin or room. Overnight at Camp Denali.
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. Camp Denali offers presentations throughout the summer from visiting specialists. Overnight at Camp Denali.
Various adventures and activities are offered each day. Explore with a naturalist guide on an easy, moderate or strenuous guided hike. Enjoy mountain biking, canoeing, or fishing on your own. In the evening there are presentations from visiting specialists. Overnight at Camp Denali.
Camp Denali to Denali National Park Entrance
Enjoy an early breakfast 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.