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.

Dates of Operation: Year round
Winter Dates of Operation:  October – March
Maximum Lodge Capacity: 23 guests
Daily Arrivals
Internet/Wifi: Available at additional cost
Mobile Phone Service: Available
Families Welcome

Lodge Information

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.

Suggested Route


Arrive Fairbanks

Personal greeting upon arrival, followed by a private transfer to your hotel. Spend the evening resting and relaxing in anticipation for the next days’ adventures.
Overnight Fairbanks

Fairbanks to The Lodge at Black Rapids

Breakfast is included at the hotel prior to meeting your lodge host. Your journey by vehicle to Delta Junction is filled with amusing stories as your host shares with you the historical significance of the region. Several interesting stops will be made in route as you make your way along the Richardson Highway to the lodge – your ‘home’ for the next few evenings.

Tonight, enjoy a presentation on the science of the aurora and learn the secrets to successfully capture the phenomena with your camera from a professional photographer. Each evening lodge staff will awaken for any opportunities to try out your new skills.
Overnight Lodge at Black Rapids


Alaska Range Flightseeing Tour & Glacier Landing

Spend some time today exploring the Eastern Alaska Range with your pilot/guide, including a landing on a snow-covered glacier. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Curl up with a book beside the fire, or perhaps enjoy a snowshoe trek along one of the many trails leading from the lodge.
Overnight Lodge at Black Rapids

Dog Mushing

Just north of the lodge (approx. 40 miles) lies the home and competitive racing kennel of Zoya Denure and John Schandelmeier, both accomplished dog mushing competitors. Options today include a half-day visit to their kennel to meet the dogs and take a 1-hour sled dog tour. For the more adventurous there is also a full-day dog mushing option near the Denali Highway area.
Overnight Lodge at Black Rapids

Ice Cave Adventure

Travel by road to the Cantwell Glacier area, from which you will travel by dog team to access the glacier. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the ice with your expert guide. After a gourmet lunch served from a warm Arctic Oven tent, spend the afternoon exploring the area by snowshoe.
Overnight Lodge at Black Rapids

Depart Lodge at Black Rapids

Spend your morning contemplating this special place before returning to Fairbanks by vehicle. Once again, your journey becomes part of the experience as your host makes several scenic stops along the way back to Fairbanks.
Overnight Fairbanks

Depart Fairbanks

Breakfast is included at the hotel today and a private transfer will be provided to the nearby Fairbanks Airport to meet your departure flight.
Connect this program to another Alaskan winter adventure.
Guests exiting ski plane on a frozen lake with a snowmachine

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.

Customize this Itinerary