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How to Choose your Denali Hotel  (2:54)

You want to find Denali Park lodging that's right for your needs...and your budget. Here's our insider's advice: First, decide if you want to stay near the Denali Park Entrance or in the remote center of the Park, an area known as Kantishna.

90% of visitors choose a Denali hotel near the park entrance because it’s convenient, less expensive, offers a variety of lodges from luxurious to rustic, is near the national park visitor center, and is within easy access to transportation and interpretive bus trips along Denali Park Road and a variety of recreational activities and Denali excursions.

We recommend 7 hotels near the Denali Park Entrance; McKinley Chalet Resort, Denali Park Village, Tonglen Lake Lodge, Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, Denali Princess Lodge, Grande Denali Lodge, and Denali Bluffs Hotel. They are all scenically situated and among the better-managed Denali lodges at the park entrance.

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If you want a secluded setting (and have a little extra money and time to spend) in the remote center of the park, choose a Kantishna area wilderness lodge.

Back here, a 6-hour drive from the park entrance, near the end of the mostly unpaved, winding 90-mile Denali Park Road, are a few wilderness lodges. You won’t find restaurant choices or souvenir shops; what you will discover is the quiet solitude of Denali’s backcountry.

Staying in the heart of the Park is not for everyone. Not only are these Denali wilderness lodges far from civilization; they’re also more expensive ($100-$200 more per night). Unlike park entrance Denali hotels, though, prices are generally all-inclusive, per person rates that include transportation, lodging, meals, and activities.

Some lodges require a 2 to 4 night stay, such as Camp Denali Lodge and North Face Lodge, among the finest wilderness lodges in the state. Nearby Kantishna Roadhouse is another quality Kantishna area lodge with a deep sense of history and an idyllic setting on the bend of a river. Or, stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge on the banks of Moose Creek.

Denali Hotel Picker

Denali Park Entrance Area Hotels

HotelTime to Visitor CenterShuttle to Park EntrancePrice Per NightRestaurant On SiteWalk to Nearby RestaurantsPrivate BathTrip Advisor Rating
The Cabins at Denali Park Village11 minsyes$297+noyesyes3
Carlo Creek Lodge18 minsno$99+noyessome4
Denali Bluffs Hotel7 minsyes$229+yesno, shuttle availableyes3.5
Denali Grizzly Bear Resort12 minsyes$88+noyesyes3.5
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge7 minsyes$149+yesyesyes3.5
Grande Denali Lodge11 minsyes$329+yesno, shuttle availableyes3.5
The Lodge at Denali Park Village11 minsyes$246+yesnoyes3
McKinley Chalet Resort7 minsyes$199.95+yesyesyes3.5

Kantishna Hotels Inside Denali National Park

HotelShuttle Time from Visitor Center

All-Inclusive Price / Night

Restaurant on SitePrivate BathTrip Advisor Rating
Camp Denali7 hrs$640, 3 night minimumyesno5
Denali Backcountry Lodge6 hrs$560+yesyes4.5
Kantishna Roadhouse6 hrs$560+,2 night minimumyesyes4
North Face Lodge7 hrs$640, 3 night minimumyesyes5

Denali Park Entrance Area

Also encompasses McKinley Village / Carlo Creek area 9 miles south
$199.95+

Over­look the Nenana Riv­er in rus­tic ele­gance at the McKin­ley Chalet Resort, a recent­ly remod­eled upscale hotel just one mile from the Denali Park entrance. Heavy on cedar, the lodge has sev­er­al build­ings tucked into for­est, all con­nect­ed by board­walks, and this Swiss chalet feel makes it more inti­mate than its 478 rooms sug­gest. Choose from deluxe rooms or upscale, cedar-lodge mini-sites. The upper” rooms at the McKin­ley Chalet have great views  ...more

Season: May 20 to Sep 13 $98+

The fam­i­ly-run Denali Griz­zly Bear Resort offers a vari­ety of accom­mo­da­tions, great ameni­ties, and amaz­ing views of moun­tains and the Nenana Riv­er. And its loca­tion, six miles south of the Denali Nation­al Park Vis­i­tors Cen­ter but out­side the main tourist area, means you’ll have easy park access with­out feel­ing crowd­ed. Choose from their hotel rooms, pri­vate cab­ins, or campground.

Season: Year Round $149+

One of the rea­sons Princess has risen to be the largest cruise and tour com­pa­ny in Alas­ka is the huge invest­ment they’ve made in their lodges. The spa­cious new main build­ing of the Denali Princess Lodge is a prime exam­ple with a 50-foot mur­al of Mount McKin­ley, grand stair­cas­es, and a 65-foot fire­place. The resort offers casu­al and fine din­ing, an expan­sive deck over­look­ing the Nenana Riv­er and Denali Nation­al Park, and a long list of amenities.  ...more

Season: May 18 to Sep 15 $229+

Set on a hill, this 166-room hotel offers a bright, con­tem­po­rary ver­sion on the clas­sic rus­tic lodge style with native Alas­ka art in the lob­bies. The lodge fea­tures a vault­ed ceil­ing, com­fort­able lounges fac­ing a stone fire­place, gift shop, tour desk, guest laun­dry, cour­tesy shut­tle ser­vice and the Alpen­glow Restau­rant. The rooms fea­ture col­or­ful Alaskan décor and, at about 300 square feet, are some of the largest in the area. For even more  ...more

Season: May 18 to Sep 13 $199+

The Denali Bluffs is the clos­est to park entrance. The lob­by greets you with a warm fire­place and large win­dows that look out onto the patio. If it’s a nice day, sit out­side and enjoy a meal at the Moun­taineer Grill & Bar. The 112 orig­i­nal Hill­side Rooms and the new 64 room addi­tion, the RiverView Pre­mi­um Rooms, are nes­tled in to the shoul­der of Sug­ar­loaf Moun­tain, above the Denali Nation­al Park entrance. The hotel is designed to make  ...more

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Kantishna Area (Inside the Park)

At the end of the Park Road, 90 miles inside the park
$640/night all-inclusive packages

At Camp Denali, you’ll immerse your­self in a remote back­coun­try, but with a cozy bed to set­tle into each night. Take in the qui­et of the sur­round­ing wilder­ness and enjoy the sim­ple, sus­tain­able ameni­ties for around 38 guests. Here, the bal­ance of light touch on the land” and pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able stay is per­fect­ed. Refined rus­tic guest cab­ins, each of which claims a unique view of Denali, sleep from two to six people.

Season: Jun 13 to Sep 12 $560+ per person

For a lot of trav­el­ers, explor­ing deep into Denali Nation­al Park, far from the crowds, sounds like the ide­al way to expe­ri­ence the famous park. But not every­one wants to rough it out there — which is why this lodge is the per­fect bal­ance, a com­fort­able perch in seri­ous­ly remote wilderness.

Season: Jun 04 to Sep 12 $560+ all-inclusive packages

Kan­tish­na is a his­toric gold­min­ing dis­trict in the back­coun­try of Denali Nation­al Park. Among the most remote areas of the park, you can stay in a cozy cab­in and spend your days play­ing, explor­ing and relax­ing in the wilder­ness. Kan­tish­na Road­house is the only lodge in the area with a full-ser­vice saloon.

Season: Jun 05 to Sep 11 $640/night all-inclusive packages

This lodge, like Camp Denali, was home­stead­ed in the 1950s, but unlike the cab­in style lodg­ing, The North Face Lodge is quaint­ly dec­o­rat­ed like a casu­al coun­try inn. The lodge can hold about 36 guests, who all enjoy mul­ti-day stays com­plete with cul­tur­al his­to­ry, guid­ed hikes, field trips and evening programs.

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