The 483-room McKinley Chalet Resort has a prime location: It's just one mile from the Denali National Park entrance. Yet, despite the size, its well-planned layout gives it an intimate feel. Recently remodeled, the upscale hotel’s Swiss-chalet-style buildings are connected by boardwalks and tucked into a fragrant spruce forest, giving you the feeling of being at a secluded lodge.
The lodge’s "lower" rooms are set along the banks of the Nenana River, while the "upper" rooms have great views of the river. You can choose from deluxe rooms or upscale, cedar-lodge mini-suites; deluxe rooms sleep up to four, while the mini-suites feature two beds and a pull-out couch, making it a great location for families.
Launching Pad for Adventure
The Resort makes it extremely easy to launch your Denali adventure. There’s a shuttle that will take you to the Wilderness Access Center, the Denali Visitors Center, as well as the Alaska Railroad depot. The Resort is a main pick-up stop for all of the park tours, as well as several other area tours, so you wont miss out on anything. You can also step outside and join a rafting tour that starts at the chalet, or take off on your own and explore the miles of hiking trails along the river.
In the lobby, you’ll find interpretive exhibits and park programs, to enhance your understanding of the area. If you are trying to get the memorable Holiday card shot while on your Alaskan vacation, you can have your picture taken at the Old Sourdough Studio— you can pose sitting atop an Alaska moose, or riding a giant wild salmon.
Breakfast, Lunch—and Dinner Theater
Inside the lodge, there’s both casual and fine dining—featuring fresh Alaskan seafood and the best wine list in the area—along with a specialty coffee shop. During the evenings, you have easy access to the Music of Denali Dinner Theater, a popular roadhouse-style dinner theater featuring the story of Denali's first ascent. It’s a good idea to reserve a spot, since it tends to book up during peak season.
- Minutes from park entrance
- On-site tour pickups
- 24 hour front desk
- Denali Square entertainment complex featuring live music and firepits
- Casual dining at the Karstens Public House - Authentic Alaskan Dining
- Fine dining at the Canyon Steakhouse
- The new lodge has dramatic 24 - foot atrium ceilings
- Music of Denali Dinner Theatre
- Alarm Clock
- In-room Phone
- Hair Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Cribs - upon request
- ADA Compliant Accessible Rooms - upon request
- The perfect space to spread out, get comfortable and settle in for the vacation of a lifetime. Mini Suites, along the glacial-fed Nenana River, add an extra element of relaxation and luxury. Suites feature one double and one twin bed – ideal for families. An additional sitting room offers a pull-out sofa bed.
LodgeMile 238.5 Parks Hwy
Denali Park, AK 99755
By Car: Located at Mile 238.5 Parks Highway.
By Train: Board the train from either Anchorage (8 hrs) or Fairbanks (4 hrs). Train depot in Denali is at Mile 1.25 Denali National Park Rd. You may pre-arrange a shuttle with the hotel for pick up at the depot.
Prices & Dates
|Season||May 28 to Sept 6|
|Rates||Rooms // $149 to $399|
Points of Interest
Dining at McKinley Chalet Resort
The open-concept public house offers classic food with a shot of Alaska flair. The public house’s specialty is slow-smoked brisket, but the locally sourced menu also offers bacon-wrapped bison meatloaf, caribou burgers and fresh, local sheefish. Wash down your dinner with one of 12 local brews on tap and cocktails such as the American Trilogy (including Alaska made spirits) and a Smoked Salmon Bloody Mary.
Reopening in 2022. Overlooking the Nenana River and Nenana Canyon, this restaurant offers a menu with dry-aged steaks, chops and Alaska seafood: feast on your favorite cooked-to-perfection steak or try some of the locally-sourced Alaska seafood, including sustainable jig-caught Alaska rockfish. Pair your dinner with a local craft beer, something from the extensive wine list, or one of the handcrafted signature martinis.