Inside Denali National Park

The Denali Backcountry Lodge is located in a valley setting surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Denali National Park’s Kantishna region. Staying in Kantishna is a different experience from visiting the park only by bus / or staying at the Denali park entrance area as you have more time to explore the natural beauty the park offers at a relaxed pace in scenic surroundings.

Because of its remote location you won’t have access to our usual daily distractions. This is truly an opportunity to un-plug and experience a few days of peace and quiet while you explore the Alaskan wilderness of Denali National Park.

Dates of Operation: June 4 to September 12
Lodge size: 42 cabins
Daily Arrivals
Internet/Wifi: Wifi in the Main Lodge
Mobile Phone Service: Not Available
Families Welcome

The Lodge

Denali Backcountry Lodge is spread over spacious grounds. The main lodge building houses the dining area, a bar, a sitting area, and a gift shop. The guest rooms are separate cabins spread throughout the campus.

The spacious grounds allow guests easy access from their rooms/cabins to all of the property’s amenities, dining, and social areas while maintaining a beautiful Alaskan wilderness setting. Relax after a day of adventure around one of the fire pits or on one of the two screened-in decks that offer the soothing sights and sounds of Moose Creek.


Denali Backcountry Lodge offers all guests a cozy and authentic place to stay inside Denali Park. (Please note that the accommodation is not deluxe or luxury and could be considered a bit basic.)

All single and duplex-style cabins feature original rustic comforts, 2 full extra-large Pillowtop beds or a King bed, a private bath, blackout curtains, and heated rooms for a peaceful night’s sleep.

The lodge is located in Kantishna at the end of the park road, approximately 92 miles from the park entrance. The lodge is accessible by private shuttle bus provided by the lodge from the Denali Park entrance.  When departing Kantishna there are also opportunities to fly by bush plane back to the park entrance, Anchorage, or Fairbanks.

There are no restaurants or stores in Kantishna so all meals are included in the lodge packages. Breakfast and lunch are buffets featuring homemade goodies that are made fresh daily, and dinner is served family style in the main lodge dining room. All meals feature the freshest seasonal and local ingredients to fuel you for your day of adventure. Special meal requests can be prepared with advance notice and should be addressed at the time of booking.

Daily guided activities such as hikes, nature walks, and mountain biking are included in the lodge stay. Nearby Moose Creek provides the opportunity to try gold panning or catch-and-release fly fishing for Arctic Grayling. Massages are available at an additional cost at The Nest Spa & Wellness Center.

Suggested Route


Arrive Anchorage

Upon arrival at the Anchorage International Airport, receive a personal greeting followed by a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Anchorage

Anchorage to Talkeetna

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before beginning your journey north by private vehicle to Talkeetna, located in the shadow of Denali. The rest of the day is yours to explore.
Overnight Talkeetna

Talkeetna to Denali National Park

Meet your private driver/guide for transfer north to the Denali Park entrance. After some time for lunch on your own board a lodge shuttle for the scenic journey through Denali National Park to Denali Backcountry Lodge. Pass through rugged landscapes and keep your eyes open for possible wildlife sightings and view of the star of the park – Denali. Dinner will be served family style at the main lodge this evening.
Overnight Denali Backcountry Lodge

Denali Backcountry Lodge

All meals and activities (excluding massages and alcoholic beverages) are included during your lodge stay. Join one of the naturalist guides for a guided hike or botanical walk. Options are available for various interests and ability levels. Spend the evening relaxing around the outside fire pit or the main lodge lounge or deck.
Overnight Denali Backcountry Lodge

Denali Backcountry Lodge

Spend another full day exploring the park. Try your hand at gold panning in Moose Creek, explore nearby Wonder Lake on a mountain bike, or try your hand at fishing for bragging rights about catching a fish inside Denali National Park.
Overnight Denali Backcountry Lodge

Kantishna to Denali National Park Entrance

Return to the Denali National Park Entrance with the lodge’s private bus to board the train for the scenic return journey to Anchorage. The deluxe, dome rail cars provide a tranquil journey and large viewing windows. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Anchorage.
Overnight Anchorage

Depart Anchorage

Breakfast is included before departing by private vehicle to the Anchorage International Airport to check in for your departure flight.
Alaska map showing route between Anchorage, Talkeetna, and Denali National Park
Homer, Alaska view of mountains with fireweed
Close up view of sea otter floating on its back while eating

Make It Your Own

  • Extend your stay and travel north to the interior city of Fairbanks
  • Meet an Iditarod musher and enjoy a private dog kennel visit
  • Take a private guided hike into Denali State Park from Talkeetna
  • See a different perspective of Denali with a flightseeing tour by bush plane
  • Add a coastal lodge stay for more uniquely Alaskan adventures

You can learn more about these suggestions and other ways to customize this itinerary by requesting a custom tour proposal.

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