Your own private retreat - at 6000 feet!

NEW in 2020 – Sheldon Chalet can only be offered on a private basis, offering the highest level of exclusivity anywhere in Alaska!

Join the Sheldon family as they share the story and dream come true of Alaska’s most legendary pilots, Don Sheldon.  Known for his love of Denali and a desire to share it with the world, Don Sheldon and his wife created the original Sheldon Mountain House in 1966. While the Sheldon family used the cabin many times throughout the years, they also offered its shelter to adventurers from around the world.

Though the Sheldon Mountain House was an important first step, Don’s children recently discovered that their father’s dream was to build a second structure—bigger and more luxurious than the first. With meticulous planning and detail they have continued the family’s legacy and transformed Don’s dream into reality. Stay at the Sheldon Chalet for a once-in-a-lifetime EXCLUSIVE opportunity to experience the true heart of Denali National Park.

Dates of Operation: Open Year Round
Lodge Size: 10 Guests
Arrival Schedule: Daily arrivals
WiFi: Not Available
Phone Service: Not Available
Families Welcome

Main Lodge

Sheldon Chalet is a special 2-story hexagonal structure, featuring large viewing windows on five sides. The main level offers the main common space, including a spacious sitting area, library, kitchen, dining room, and powder room. Sleeping rooms and 2 full bathrooms are located on the second level.

Guest Rooms

The Chalet hosts 5 sleeping rooms, 4 of which feature the option of a king-size bed or 2 twin-size beds. The last room features a queen-size bed. All rooms share 2 separate full bathrooms, which feature running water and all the comforts of home, even in this incredibly remote destination.

The Chalet is accessible by helicopter or ski plane from Talkeetna or Anchorage. Flight time from Talkeetna is approximately 25 minutes or 50 minutes from Anchorage.

The lodge chef will delight you with a sampling of Alaskan delicacies. Wine is included each evening with dinner, and additional wine, Alaskan beer, and other alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Marveling at the magnitude of your surroundings will be the highlight of your visit to the Chalet. There’s nothing else like it in the world.  Year-round activities include Denali-style sledding, glacier trekking, and exploring nearby crevasses and snow caves with your experienced guide.  You can even try your hand at snow shoeing across the Ruth Glacier, with a gourmet glacier picnic as your prize.  For the less-adventurous the deck offers awe-inspiring views of one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  You can even see – and hear! – small avalanches occurring in the distance.

From September through the end of April, Sheldon Chalet provides some of the best aurora and star gazing available anywhere on the planet.  Due to its combination of high latitude and elevation, the Chalet provides unique opportunities for aurora viewing, showcasing rare colors and panoramic views of the dancing lights.

Regardless of when you visit, warm up each evening in the Chalet’s European-style sauna, perched above the Ruth Glacier, and learn more about the Sheldon family’s history and legacy in the company of the Chalet staff.

Suggested Route


Anchorage or Talkeetna to Sheldon Chalet

Journey by fixed-wing ski plane or helicopter to Sheldon Chalet, arriving around midday. Upon arrival receive a personal staff greeting including a champagne toast and sampling of Alaskan delicacies. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Chalet, experiencing the observation deck, and planning your upcoming adventures with your guide. This evening, enjoy a gourmet meal with your hosts and meet the other lodge guests.
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The Glory of Sheldon Amphitheater

Enjoy an introduction to glaciers and learn about the history of the Sheldon Amphitheater. Discover the beauty of Ruth Glacier through a guided trek, and watch as your hosts prepare the ultimate picnic. Or simply marvel at the view from the panoramic windows while reading your favorite book. In the evening, gather around the fireplace for a natural history lesson, or relax in the sauna after a glass of wine.
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Living the Alaska Dream on Denali

Spend another day taking in your majestic surroundings. Learn about the Historic Mountain House, the inspiration for the newer Sheldon Chalet, followed by an exploration of nearby ice caves and crevasses of the Ruth Glacier. Enjoy the surreal experience of being on Denali, the Great One, in one of the world’s most remote, yet luxurious, destinations.
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Sheldon Chalet to Anchorage or Talkeetna

Watch the sunrise hit the snow-covered Alaska Range from the comfort and warmth of your bed. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before saying your farewells to your hosts. Depart the Chalet at approx. 10:00am by plane or helicopter for your next Alaskan adventure.
Extend your Alaska Visit with another touring program designed by Alaska Private Touring.
Alaska map featuring Denali National Park and Sheldon Chalet and flight route from Anchorage
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 at the lodge to experience even more adventure and hospitality.
  • Combine this lodge with another lodge experience.
  • Connect the lodge stay with another Alaska touring program.
  • Buyout the entire property for an exclusive stay for your family and friends.

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

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