Located just one hour from Anchorage, Knik River Lodge is modeled on the immaculate backcountry accommodations of Europe or Canada. You’ll experience decadent meals, craftsman-built cabins, and professional staff—all while surrounded by the dramatic Chugach Mountains. And with a helicopter on site, adventures are a short flight away. Flightsee over iceberg-filled lakes and the Troublesome Glacier, zoom over to the Colony Glacier for a dogsled tour, or hike from the lodge to look out over the Knik River and Glacier. Then return to a gourmet meal prepared with local, organic foods and a night in a private cabin.
The lodge has 15 individual log cabins with private decks, light-pine interiors, and either king beds or a queen and single. Propane heaters, private bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen televisions make for easy nights in the wilderness. On-demand coffee, hot water kettle, a microwave, and a fridge let you make your own meals; you can also eat at the communal yurt.
The restaurant is open to the public and features fresh seafood, organic meats, Alaskan veggies, and has selected a quality wine and beer list. And while folks come for the food, the surroundings are a big draw as well. Mountain goats, Dall sheep, and black bears dot the hillsides. Dramatic peaks dwarf the cabins, which open to views of the Knik River Valley.
The lodge is home to a bustling helicopter skiing operation in March and April, and then shifts to summer adventures—hikes, helicopter rides, dogsled tours, ice climbing, and more. Trips are kept small, so you’ll get more time with your guide, like professional musher Rick Casillo. Combine adventures or customize the day—the folks at Knik River Lodge are open to anything you like.