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Denali Kantishna Adventure

“There wasn't a low point in our trip- it was outstanding! We loved sharing the experience with the entire family! ”
Alaska, United States

from $2,295* per person 4 Days June-September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Alaska Wildland Adventures 18 people max
  • Denali national park,
  • Family & Friends trips
Camp Denali, one of the first nature lodges in Alaska (1951), features a unique hillside location that offers guests views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range (weather permitting). Camp Denali is renowned for its active learning emphasis. Days of hiking and wildlife observation are enhanced by visits to the interactive Natural History Resource Center and evening programs presented by staff naturalists and visiting specialists, designed to expand your knowledge of Alaska's natural and cultural heritage.

Guest cabins have been carefully situated to capture stunning mountain views. Each is a three to seven-minute walk from the historic hand-hewn log lodge and homey dining room. The cabins feature a comfortable, yet rustic, setting, with a small wood-burning stove, wall-mounted propane lights and a gas hot plate for heating water. Colorful patchwork quilts, crafted by the staff, and fine Alaskan artwork display an abiding attention to detail. You can wash in the privacy of your cabin and each has a convenient "house out back." There is a modern central bathhouse area near the lodge providing private hot showers, changing rooms and other conveniences of home.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose the Denali Kantishna Adventure

Located 89 miles from the crowded entrance to Denali National Park, Camp Denali is one of only two lodges with a view of Mt. McKinley. Transportation to and from the lodge is provided on private buses with great opportunities for wildlife viewing en route.

Founded in 1951, ecotourism pioneer Camp Denali is an authorized National Park Service concessioner. Family owned & operated, this business continues its tradition of active exploration in the heart of the park.

An array of activities are offered daily: venture into the higher alpine valleys with a naturalist guide, watching for wildlife en route; paddle a canoe out on Wonder Lake and trace the outline of Mt McKinley in its pristine waters; ride a mountain bike "home" from a location along the park road; or drop a fishing line into the waters of Moose Creek.

Throughout the summer, visiting specialists share their expertise joining guests around the breakfast and dinner tables and presenting evening programs on topics such as how animals survive in the winter, auroral phenomena, global climate change, bird migration and more.

Specializing in learning adventures for active travelers, Camp Denali offers 3- and 4-night stays. Enjoy hikes and other adventures in Denali's backcountry to learn about, and not just see, wildlife, wildflowers and birdlife and to understand more about the subarctic.

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Alaska, United States

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Great Falls, VA USA
    There wasn't a low point in our trip- it was outstanding! We loved sharing the experience with the entire family!
    5
  2. Reviewer: located in Ithaca, NY USA
    This was an exciting trip handled by dedicated, friendly professionals. This is not your average vacation!
    5

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  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Denali Kantishna Adventure | Day 1: Get an early start this morning and take a taxi to meet your motorcoach bound to Denali National Park. Arrive at the Egan Convention Center located on 5th Avenue between E and F Streets by 6:30 a.m. for check-in. The 237-mile trip north provides scenic byways and, weather permitting, excellent views of Mt. McKinley (Denali) en route to the park.

Arrive at the Denali Rail Depot around noon and meet with your naturalist guide from Camp Denali. Board a private bus and journey along the restricted-access Denali National Park road. Along the way, enjoy active sightseeing for wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery while hearing about the compelling natural and cultural history of the park.

Tonight's dinner will be served en route with a "welcome" dessert reception at the lodge. Overnight at Camp Denali. (D)

Denali Kantishna Adventure | Day 2 & 3 (or longer): After a hearty breakfast in the lodge, choose between guided or self-guided activities. Hike, birdwatch and observe wildlife with trained naturalist guides on the tundra; or set out on an independent adventure of canoeing in Wonder Lake or biking along the park road. Casual fishing in Moose Creek or Wonder Lake is also available. Lunches are enjoyed in nature during your day's activities, while dinner is to be savored in the main lodge, as you share stories of the day's adventures with other guests. Overnight at Camp Denali. (B,L,D)

Denali Kantishna Adventure | Last Day: An early breakfast will be provided in the lodge before you bid farewell to Camp Denali. Enjoy another wildlife and sightseeing drive out of the park this morning and arrive at the Denali Depot area before noon. This afternoon, board the historic Alaska Railroad for scenic rail travel through Alaska's backcountry areas as you return to Anchorage (or Fairbanks, upon request). Lunch and dinner are available for purchase on the train. Transfers and overnight accommodations in Anchorage are not included.(B)

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