Alaska – Camp Denali Wilderness Lodge lies within a vast wilderness of snow-clad mountains, lake-studded tundra foothills and forested river valleys make up Denali National Park and Preserve. The parks’ centerpiece, Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley) stands 20,320 feet high and dominates the Alaska Range that stretches 150 miles across the horizon. Denali is surrounded by forest and tundra and is a wildlife sanctuary for caribou, grizzlies, moose, Dall sheep and wolves.
Located beneath the majestic mountaintop of Denali lies Camp Denali. The Camp was founded in 1951 and is Alaska’s original wilderness vacation lodge and nature center. The handcrafted individual log and frame guest cabins are privately situated along a ridge at the margins of forest and tundra. Each has an exceptional view of the grand mountain, sleeps 2-6 and is furnished with patchwork quilts, a small wood burning stove, wall mounted propane lights and a gas hot plate. The dining hall, lodge, natural history resource collection and a modern bath and shower facility are a three to seven-minute walk from your cabin. In addition each cabin has a meticulously kept handmade outhouse. Camp Denali sits right at the 2,400 foot tree line, providing access to native tundra and taiga habitats right from your door.
There is not a television or bar to be found or any other commercialized amusements. If you wish to live for a time in an extraordinary wilderness setting surrounded by the grandeur of a majestic mountain and abundant wildlife, you will not leave disappointed. This is a unique opportunity to explore Denali National Park’s serene, remote valleys and ridges.
Guided group outings with our naturalists are available each day. Three options of hikes (strenuous, moderate, or foray) are offered to suit the interests and abilities of everyone. Canoes, bicycles, and fishing gear are available for independent outings. These activities can be planned each morning with your hosts. There are trail and topographic maps as a resource if striking out on your own. An Alaska fishing license is required for the creek between our lodges.
If quiet relaxation is your main objective, the lodge has a library of literature related to Denali and the Far North. For keen learners, there is a resource center at Camp Denali that features natural history exhibits, plant, animal and insect collections, and a microscope.
We plate and serve breakfast at 7:30 am and dinner at 6:30 pm in family-style seating. One entrée is featured at each meal. Lunch is a create-it-yourself sandwich and snack buffet just after breakfast. When notified in advance, we can accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets, as well as most food allergies.
Neither Camp Denali nor North Face Lodge serve beer or wine. You are welcome to plan ahead and bring your own. Wine glasses, bottle openers, and refrigeration are provided. There are also no soft drinks available at either lodge.
We generate electricity at both lodges. Appliances with heating elements, such as curling irons and hair dryers, will overload our electrical capacity at Camp Denali. Please do not use them. They may be used if staying at North Face Lodge.
There is neither cell coverage nor guest internet access. A courtesy telephone is available for outgoing calls. For emergencies, our office is available for incoming calls: (907) 683-2290.