A Winter Adventurer's Paradise
Located approximately 2.5 hours south of Fairbanks by road, the Lodge at Black Rapids offers a truly magical winter wilderness experience. This small, family-owned lodge lies along the Richardson Highway, providing quick access to a number of uniquely Alaskan winter activities including dog sledding, snow machining, aurora viewing, flightseeing, ice fishing, and so much more.
Hand built by Mike and Annie Hopper in 2009, The Lodge at Black Rapids has been called quintessential Alaskan luxury–a little quirky, a lot of luxury, and all in the wilderness of the Eastern Alaskan Range. Having fallen in love with the story and history of a nearby old roadhouse along the highway, the Hoppers leapt at the opportunity to purchase the property and its surrounding five acres. From here their dreams of sharing this beautiful place came to life as they built the Lodge on a bluff overlooking the beauty of the Eastern Alaska Range.
The timber-frame lodge was built through the grace and ingenuity of many good friends and family members. The property features panoramic views and two stone fireplaces, perfect for enjoying the magnificent surroundings from the comfort of the indoors. The unique, hand-welded staircase features several Alaskan scenes and provides access to the upper-level belvedere. Surrounded by stain-glass panels and windows, the library is a cozy place to rest, relax, or even take in the late-night auroras.
The Lodge at Black Rapids features six guest rooms, all with deluxe private baths you wouldn’t expect to find in this remote place. There are also 3 other guest rooms on the lower level that together share a full bathroom and living area.
The lodge lies just off the Richardson Highway and is therefore accessible by road. There is also a small airstrip nearby which provides the option for flying when weather permits.
French doors wrap around the full-service dining area, often a favored place for guests to rest and mingle. Each meal is a social event, where a diverse gathering of world experiences makes every dining experience a joyful one. The lodge chef strives to make each meal unique, by featuring Alaskan fish, seafood, and local meats, and by using as much fresh local produce as possible during the winter months.
Your visit to the Lodge at Black Rapids can be customized to include a variety of winter activities, including a kennel visit and dog sled excursion with a world-renowned dog musher who has completed the Iditarod. There are also opportunities for flightseeing along the Alaska Range, including a glacier landing.
If you are looking for something a bit more active, the lodge offers the opportunity to explore ice caves in the Cantwell Glacier area. A guided snow machine tour can be included during your stay, or you can get out and explore on your own with some snowshoes or cross-country skis.
Each evening you have the opportunity, conditions permitting, to view and photograph Alaska’s famous Aurora Borealis. You are welcome to stay up on your own to catch a glimpse of the lights dancing in the sky or ask the lodge staff to awaken you once the auroras are active.
Make It Your Own
- Extend your trip with a stay at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, located outside of Fairbanks
- Add extra days to your Alaskan experience by flying into or out of Anchorage
- Include a day trip to the Arctic Circle
You can learn more about these suggestions and other ways to customize this itinerary by requesting a custom tour proposal.