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DPB#03 Camp Denali

Camp Denali | General Information

Camp Denali and nearby North Face Lodge are the only two backcountry lodges within the Denali National Park borders. Both locations enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Mt. McKinley. Many visitors never see “The Great One,” during their vacation but 9 out of 10 Camp Denali guests catch more than a glimpse of North America’s highest mountain from one of Alaska's most extraordinary lodging location. Living there makes all the difference! Camp Denali and North Face Lodge are located one mile apart in the center of the park - near Wonder Lake. 99-miles of mountainous, unpaved road isolate the lodges from the commercially developed park entrance. Nature shapes your experience here. If you are looking for more than a brief introduction to Denali National Park, we aim to exceed your expectations. Hike the park’s backcountry, birdwatch, botanize, and observe wildlife with our naturalist-guides, who know Denali’s trail-less terrain and are students of its flora, fauna, geology, and cultural heritage. We can also help you plan independent adventures. For over fifty years, family stewardship has assured that Camp Denali or North Face Lodge remain small and individually and each lodge accommodates only 35 to 40 guests. We have limited electricity, few telephones, and no TV or bar. Creative handwork and attention to detail compliment a simple elegance that does not detract from the wild lands you come to explore. Your experience is personal - a unique blend of camaraderie among fellow adventurers and staff in a wilderness setting without parallel. In spite of our remote setting, we cultivate a high standard and commitment to good food. From our greenhouse we gather fresh lettuces, tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs, as well as edible and decorative flowers. Each day our bakery produces delectable breads, cookies, pastries and desserts. From the tundra we gather and preserve wild berries for you to enjoy as jams and syrups.



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Denali Village - Camp Denali
 

Individual arrival at Denali Village. Additional overnights may be reserved in advance. Our driver-naturalist guides meet you at the Park Rail Station at around 12:30 pm and the private lodge bus departs at 1:30 pm to connect with the Alaska Railroad service from Fairbanks. Denali National Park is renowned for its wildlife. During your 90-mile travel to the lodge you'll have fabulous opportunities to see most of the Park's wildlife up close. Bring your binoculars, lots of film and have your camera ready! You and your driver will be on the lookout for Denali's grizzly bears, moose, caribou, dall sheep, wolves, fox, coyote, and numerous other smaller animals and assorted species of birds. A picnic dinner is served en route around 4:00 pm. A dessert reception is prepared for your arrival at 8:15 pm. Take advantage of the long daylight hours to stroll around the area or participate in the evening programs about Alaska and its wildlife. Guests can sign up to be alerted at night to get a glimpse of the aurora borealis.


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Camp Denali
 

Breakfast is at 7:30 am. We keep your interests and abilities in mind each day, as we design naturalist-guided trips. As the park’s sole historic operator of educational guided hiking and field trips, we alone are privileged to travel back beyond the Wonder Lake area of the park road. Not only are your opportunities for wildlife sightings enhanced. During your stay countless alpine valleys and lofty ridges are within your reach. We can also help you plan independent adventures. You can borrow our trail and topographic maps, self-guided interpretive booklets, canoes, fishing gear and bikes. You can also enjoy Camp Denali’s resource center, where exhibits, collections, a resource library, and a microscope bring learning opportunities indoors. If quiet relaxation is your day’s ambition, prop up your feet and read from our extensive libraries of Alaskana. Join Evening Programs at each lodge, presented by staff naturalists and visiting specialists, designed to further acquaint you with the Far North.


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Camp Denali  - Denali Village | Rail Station
 

The bus departs the Lodge at 6:45 am and arrives at the Denali Park Entrance at 11:15 am to connect with the train service to Anchorage or Fairbanks.





Rates in US $ / per Person Single      Double      Triple      Child     
3 Night Package (Friday - Monday) $ 1845.00 $ 1545.00 $ 1535.00 $ 1159.00
4 Night Package (Monday - Friday) $ 2460.00 $ 2060.00 $ 1960.00 $ 1545.00

 

Departure Days
Monday & Friday Departures from June 03 - September 10

 

Services included
  • 180-mile round-trip transportation from Denali Park Station
  • Lodging
  • All meals within regular check in/check out
  • Naturalist Guided Hikes
  • Natural and cultural history interpretation, evening programs
  • Use of all recreational equipment
  • Park entrance fee
  • Complete Tour Documentation
  • Toll Free Help Line Access




Denali National Park - FAQ

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Where is the Park?
The Park is located on the George Parks Highway - 120 Miles south of Fairbanks and 240 Miles north of Anchorage. There are only a few smaller communities such as Talkeetna, Cantwell and Nenana between these two major cities and therefore the Park area is somewhat isolated.

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How do I get to Denali?
The national park area is easily accessible via the paved George Parks Highway or with the Railroad.

Railroad
Denali Star & the Midnight Sun Express | Daily departures from / to Anchorage, Talkeetna and Fairbanks

Bus and Van Service
Daily departures from Anchorage and Fairbanks

Car
Rent a car, van, or 4x4 in Anchorage and drive to Denali National Park. One-way rentals are available between Anchorage, Fairbanks and Seward.

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Can I drive into the National Park?
Private vehicles are not allowed beyond the Savage Creek Ranger Check Station at Mile 15 of the Park Road – except with a permit. Therefore the National Park Service offers a shuttle bus system from approximately end of May until the middle of September (depends on weather conditions) between the Visitor Center and Wonder Lake, at the end of the 90 Mile long Road. The busses are departing from 6:00 am onwards about every 1/2 hour. Passengers have the opportunity to get on and off the bus at any point along the park road for hikes and wildlife viewing. This allows visitors to explore the park at their own pace and leisure. Note: Advance reservations for the shuttle busses are absolutely necessary. If you arrive without shuttle bus reservations you may have to wait one or two days in order to get a ticket.

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How long will it take to visit the Park?
The shuttle bus service offers a number of well worth visiting destinations.

Savage River | this is the farthest point (15 Miles from park entrance) visitors can travel in their own vehicle on the park road. At this point there is a small parking  area, picnic tables, and the trailhead for the Savage River Trail (about 2 Miles) Visitors can make use of the free Savage River Shuttle that runs regularly between the entrance area and the Savage River. The Savage River Campground is located at Mile 13 and Savage campers with tickets can be picked up at the bus stop for the shuttle into the park.

Sanctuary River | 23 Miles from the park entrance provides an established campground and a park ranger station. There are seven sites for tent camping and access is by bus. Campers with tickets may use the Park Shuttle system, and great hiking is available in the vicinity of Sanctuary campground.

The Teklanika River | 30 Miles from the park entrance runs through Igloo Forest, creating large gravel bars for easy travel. A rest stop at Teklanika provides restrooms, and expansive views from the deck. Campgrounds are nearby at Teklanika and Igloo Creek campgrounds.

Polychrome Pass & Rest Area | 46 Miles from the park entrance offers a spectacular view of the colorful Alaska Range. The Polychrome Glaciers are nestled in the hills to the south, while bears and caribou often wander on the river bars below. For a day hike, walk along the ridge behind the rest area and enjoy alpine scenery. Buses run as far as Polychrome from June to August.

Toklat | at Mile 53 is a 6-hour round trip. Toklat River is an area of braided glacial rivers and towering cliffs where Dall sheep are often seen. Grizzlies sometimes graze on the riverbed’s soapberries. Buses run as far as Toklat from late May through Mid-Sept weather permitting.

Fish Creek | a trip to the newly build Fish Creek Visitor Center, at Mile 66 takes about 8-hours (round trip) and is the closest location for scenic views of towering Mt. McKinley.

Wonder Lake | at Mile 85 is an 11-hour round trip. The beautiful lake offers a picture perfect view of Mt. McKinley. Along the road to Wonder Lake, alder and willow-carpeted hills are dotted with kettle ponds. Look for beaver along the way, and be sure to keep an eye out for blueberries in late summer and fall. Buses run to Wonder Lake June 8 through Mid-September weather permitting

Kantishna | at Mile 90 is about a 13-hour round trip. The gold mining area is primarily a destination for backpackers heading for the national parks backcountry sections or for clients who are staying at various remote backcountry lodges in the viciity of Kantishna. One Bus travels to Kantishna between June 8 and September 11. Kantishna is primarily a destination for lodge visitors and backpackers headed for the backcountry. Please respect the private lands you may encounter in this area.

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What about Sightseeing within Denali National Park?
Denali National Park and Preserve is famous for North America's highest mountain peak - 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley, spectacular landscapes, rugged mountain peaks and abundant wildlife. More than 6 million acres encompass a complete sub-arctic eco-system.

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What about Wildlife Viewing?
Denali National Park is home to a variety of wildlife. Moose, Grizzly Bears, Caribous, Dall Sheeps, Wolves, Foxes, Golden Eagles, Beavers, and a multitude of migratory birds and waterfowl are plentiful throughout the park. Moose and Grizzly Bear sights are possible and rather common even within the improved sections of the park.

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Will I see Mt. McKinley?
The more time you spend inside the park, the better are your chances to see Mt.McKinley The entire mountain is visible only on a few days during each summer, however you may be fortunate to get a view of Mt.McKinley or some of the other mountain peaks and glaciers of the Alaska range during your stay. Even when the clouds obscure your view of the mountain from ground level, you can frequently see it while on a hike that gains elevation, or on a flight seeing trip.

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Are any hotels directly in the Park?
Only a very limited number of remote wilderness lodges are operating within the national park boundaries. Please check our page: Denali Wilderness Lodges. Most  hotels are located at Denali Village – along the Parks Highway – one Mile from the visitor center.

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Can I buy beverages or food in the Park?
There is no food or beverage service available on either the busses or anywhere past Mile 2 of the park road. Please plan ahead and bring your own snacks, lunch, and beverages. Restrooms are available at approximate one-hour intervals along the park road.

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Which services are available near the Park?
Within a few miles of the Park entrance there are lodges, restaurants, gift shops, gas stations, small convenience stores, and various other visitor related services.

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What’s about other Activities?
There are a number of outfitters and soft-adventure companies operating near the park boundaries. Some of the activities include: flight seeing adventures, helicopter flights, rafting, float trips, sled dog tours, evening dinner theater. Please refer also to our individual sightseeing pages.

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How is the Weather?
Weather in Denali is extremely variable. Many of the rangers tell visitors to expect sun, wind, rain, clouds and even snow - sometimes all on the same day. Temperature can range from the mid 20's in early May and September to 85 degrees in July. Normal temperatures are in the high 60's with nights cooling off to between 40 and 50 degrees. Wearing layers of clothing makes it easy to regulate your body temperature. Also, you'll find that a good waterproof raincoat is invaluable. It will be daylight for 24-hours a day throughout May, June and the first half of July.



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