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Alaska: Denali Backcountry Lodge

4 Days & 3 Nights
  • Find solitude in the heart of the remote Denali National Park
  • Partake in activities such as mountain biking, fishing, and hiking
  • Spot wildlife such as bears, moose, caribou, and wolves
  • Choose from various guided hikes, ranging from easy to challenging
  • Relax in a comfortable lodge in Denali’s rugged backcountry
Explore the remote heart of Denali National Park during your stay at Denali Backcountry Lodge, located at the end of the 92-mile park road. On this “choose your own adventure” style trip, select from a variety of either guided or self-guided hikes that range from leisurely strolls to more challenging ascents. If desired, partake in optional activities such as fishing, mountain biking, or even gold panning. For a more relaxed experience, choose to simply relax in the comfortable lodge and treat yourself to a spa experience at the on-site spa. Refuel with delicious Alaskan cuisine prepared with local, in-season ingredients.
This is a great trip for solo travelers, couples, and families alike, as it offers stays in comfortable, private cabins and a menu of activities to accommodate all travelers. While this trip is rated as 'easy,' there are options to partake in activities rated anywhere from easy to strenuous. Hikes are either self-guided or guided, and there are options to partake in guided or self-guided mountain biking, fishing, and even gold panning. This trip can be customized to add more days to fit in more activities, and is a great choice for the traveler looking for flexibility in their adventure.

Tour Style:

Small Group Guided | Benefit from an expert leader and join a group of like-minded adventurers.

Activity:

Walking, Biking, Wildlife Watching | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Cycling as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers, Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wildlife
  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is rated easy to moderate as most activities are optional and adjusted based on travelers' interests and ability levels, including more difficult hikes.  Guides will discuss the activity options for the duration of the trip to customize the experience.

Navigation

Operated in partnership with our local team of Alaskan experts, your professional guides will show you the many cultural and natural highlights of Alaska. Your guide will provide you with a daily briefing of the activities and what the full day entails.

Accommodations

Denali Backcountry Lodge

The Denali Backcountry Lodge is situated in a quiet and remote river valley. The lodge itself offers a spacious, comfortable atmosphere, where meals are enjoyed on the first floor and full service bar can be found upstairs. Your home for your stay will be one of 42 individual cabins, which are comfortably heated and appointed with individual private baths and blackout curtains for a peaceful night's sleep.

Also on-site is The Nest Spa & Wellness Center, which offers a variety of spa treatments including soothing massages to refresh you after a day of activity. In the evenings, choose to attend an after-dinner talk on rotating topics about Denali National Park, or relax those tired legs fireside, indoor or outdoors.

Cabin types can be configured for one to four occupants:

Traditional Cabins
The traditional cabins feature original rustic comforts, two Full XL Pillowtop beds, a private bath, blackout curtains and heated rooms for a peaceful night's sleep. Perfect for up to four guests.

Superior Cabins
The superior cedar cabins are larger than the traditional cabins, featuring a king-size pillowtop bed or two full XL pillowtop beds. They are the perfect place to rest your head with private baths, blackout curtains and heated rooms.

Creekside Cabins
Take comfort in a king-size pillowtop bed or two full XL pillowtop beds. Enjoy the views of Moose Creek from your private deck. Cedar cabins come equipped with private baths, heat and blackout curtains.

Meals

The breakfast buffet is served in the main lodge with a variety of fresh fruits, cereals, baked pastries, hot eggs, bacon, sausages, French toasts or waffles, coffee and juices. 

A hearty buffet-style lunch is provided in the main lodge and typically includes hot soups, sandwiches, and fresh salads; or, opt for a packed lunch to bring with you on the day's excursion. 

Finish your day with a dinner served with an Alaskan twist; menus are prepared in-house on a daily basis to include the freshest seasonal ingredients and flavors.

Single Travelers

Single rooms are available for solo travelers or for parties requesting a single room.  Single supplements are required.

Included
  • 3 nights in a private cabin
  • Local expert guide on hikes
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, and 2 packed lunches
  • Equipment for mountain biking, fishing, and gold panning
  • Roundtrip group vehicle transfers
  • Shuttle to Wonder Lake
  • Park entrance fee
  • Gratuities for lodge staff
  • Information Pack via your "My Account"
  • 24/7 emergency telephone support from our UK & US office
Excluded
  • Travel to/from Denali National Park entrance
  • Spa services at Denali Backcountry Lodge
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
Extras
  • Upgrade to Superior or Creekside Cabin
  • Scenic flights
  • Spa services at Denali Backcountry Lodge
  • Accommodations at the Denali park entrance

When To Go

The Denali Backcountry Lodge is open from June to September.  The daylight lasts for 21 hours around the time of the summer solstice, providing plenty of time for activities. 

Expect a range of weather and temperatures at any point.  It can snow during the summer, and rain is a possibility at all times.  Fall colors emerge on the alpine tundra in August and early September with winter settling in at the end of September.

Northern lights are possible in late August and September.

Weather and Climate

As weather patterns in Alaska are often unpredictable and can change suddenly, travelers should be prepared for hiking in the rain, mud, and on the rare occasion, snow.  Suggested packing lists will be provided.  The most reliable advice is to be prepared for any type of weather. Often, temperatures are between 40-60 degrees fahrenheit in the summer, but it could be warmer or cooler (especially in early June and September). It rains in every month of the summer. If you’re here for a week, you should plan for at least one day of rain. The Alaskan summer is akin to spring or fall in other parts of the country.

Getting to the Start

The restricted access road is not open to private vehicles past Mile 15. The bus leaves from the Denali Cabins (a partner lodging option near entrance) at 1:00 pm or the Denali train depot promptly at 1:30 pm based on the Alaska Railroad arrival from Fairbanks.

By Rail:  The Denali Backcountry Lodge's transfer is timed with the 1:00 pm arrival of the Alaska Railroad southbound trains from Fairbanks.  If arriving on a northbound train from Anchorage or Talkeetna, it requires an additional night at the park entrance the day before to meet with the bus transportation.  Many hotels offer shuttle services (complimentary or with a fee) from the train station, and there are taxi and ride-hailing services.

By Car:  If arriving by car to the Denali National Park entrance, you are welcome to park your vehicle at the Denali Cabins for the duration of your stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge.  The lodge transfers picks up guests at precisely 1:00 pm from the Denali Cabins.

By Air:  Weather frequently impacts flights into the park, so arriving by plane is not encouraged as it could shorten your time at Denali Backcountry Lodge.  The drive into the park is suggested for the wildlife viewing and an orientation to the park, so consider flying out to culminate your wonderful Denali experience.

Another option is to fly via an air taxi service to the airport located at the park entrance and then join the scheduled bus transfer to the lodge along the Denali Park Road.

Getting from the End

By Rail:  The vehicle transfer arrives to the Alaska Railroad train depot around noon for travelers to connect to both the northbound train to Fairbanks or the southbound train to Talkeetna/Anchorage.

By Car:  The vehicle transfer will drop you off at the Denali Cabin where your vehicle is parked.

By Air:   A scenic flight from Kantishna out of the park is a special ending to your Denali experience.  Contact us for details about scenic flights from the Kantishna air strip to fly to the park entrance, Fairbanks, Talkeetna, or Anchorage.  The Denali Backcountry Lodge is located near the Kantishna air strip, and the lodge will transfer guests to the air strip.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to bring. Soft-sided luggage is preferred for loading on the bus. Please note that your luggage will not always be accessible during travel, so bring a day pack for any items that you will want to have at hand at all times. If flying in and/or out of Kantishna air strip, there may be luggage weight restrictions.

Of special note is to make sure you bring a high quality rain suit so that even if it rains, you can stay comfortable outdoors and have an enjoyable experience. Items made of wool or synthetic fabric remain comfortable and warm even when wet.

Mountain bikes and fishing gear are provided at the Denali Backcountry Lodge

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Travel to Denali Backcountry Lodge Day 2 Optional Activities Day 3 Optional Activities Day 4 Onward Travel

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