Denali Backcountry Lodge

Denali and Alaskan Wilderness, Alaska, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Comfortable cabin-style accommodation in the heart of Denali National Park

  • The remote location is simply perfect for disconnecting from daily life, with no internet access or phone signal encouraging guests to simply enjoy their surroundings

  • Family-style dining creates a warm and homely atmosphere

  • On-site spa and wellness facilities offering a range of massages and an activity programme to help guests recover from days of exploring

  • The northern lights can sometimes be seen from the lodge, the best opportunities being in late August and September

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Alaska is best visited throughout its summer months of May to September, with peak season running from June to August. This is when the temperatures are at their warmest and daylight hours are at their longest. Denali Backcountry Lodge is open from early June until mid-September.

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Disconnect completely with a stay at Denali Backcountry Lodge in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. This is prime bear-viewing country and the perfect destination for hiking, biking and outdoor adventure in the revered Denali National Park.

Experience the natural beauty of Denali National Park with a stay at the remote Denali Backcountry Lodge, located at the end of the Denali Park Road and surrounded by prime adventure territory with vast swathes of mountains as a backdrop and nothing but Alaskan wilderness to explore. Spruce forest envelopes the lodge and its rustic cabins which provide a charming retreat from which to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The remote location means that there is no internet and no phone signal, inviting guests to completely switch off and to focus on the nature that surrounds.

The lodge itself is made up of a main building with a spacious lounge and dining area, as well as 42 individual cabins which are heated and appointed with comfortable furniture and cosy bedding to ensure a great night's sleep. For relaxation there is also The Nest, a fantastic spa and wellness centre which promotes relaxation and offers a range of pampering treatments and an activity programme to include yoga. Dining at Denali Backcountry Lodge is family-style, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere and providing an opportunity to share stories of your Alaskan adventures with fellow travellers. Alaskan produce features heavily on the menu and dishes include traditional American fare and homely comforting food with an Alaskan twist.

Guests to the lodge will not be short of things to do; surrounding the lodge, Denali National Park is an extensive area of extreme natural beauty and the nearby town of Kantishna is culturally fascinating with its old mining history. Explore the numerous hiking trails nearby, either independently or with a guide, get your adrenaline fix with a spot of mountain biking, try your hand at fly-fishing, take a local history tour around Kantishna or simply relax down by picturesque Wonder Lake and soak in the views to the surrounding mountains.

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Accommodation at Denali Backcountry Lodge is rustic but very charming and provides all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay in the Alaskan wilderness. There are 42 individual cabins spread throughout the grounds, each of which has running water, electricity, heating and private bathrooms, along with warm and comfortable bedding. Please note that there are no TVs, phones or WiFi in the rooms due to the lodge's remote location but satellite phones are available as required.


Children of all ages are welcome at Denali Backcountry Lodge, however alternative transport will have to be arranged to reach the lodge for children under 3 years of age as there are restrictions on the bus service provided. Please speak to a member of staff for more details.


Facilities include a spa & wellness centre called The Nest, providing a range of rejuvenating treatments and a program of activities such as early-morning yoga sessions. The main lodge provides plenty of space to unwind with a cosy lounge where guests can settle in by the fire to read a book or play games, along with an open dining area where guests are invited to dine family style.


Included adventures range from hiking and mountain biking to fly-fishing, evening excursions to Wonder Lake and gold panning. Flightseeing tours can be arranged for an additional charge, as well as massage treatments at the spa.

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Location & directions

Denali and Alaskan Wilderness, Alaska, United States of America

Denali Backcountry Lodge is located in Kantishna in the heart of Denali National Park. Its setting is remote and the lodge is surrounded by prime Alaskan wilderness.

How to get there

Denali Backcountry Lodge is approximately a 5-hour drive from the park entrance. No private vehicles are allowed along this road and a shared bus transfer is organised by the lodge and is included in your stay. Alternatively you can fly from Anchorage, Talkeetna or Fairbanks to Kantishna on a small, privately chartered bush plane and from here it is a short drive to the lodge.

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