Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge  (1:32)

North America’s largest mountain is right outside your window when you stay at this modern wilderness lodge. The big advantage here: you get great proximity to both the town of Talkeetna and Denali State Park, while also being set apart from the summer crowds. Rooms offer nine-foot ceilings, fans and some amazing mountain view. Relax in the Great Room with its huge stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, or in the outdoor hot tub while you enjoy views of Denali.

Easy Access to Activities

Activities of course can be arranged by the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Guest Service desk. Put yourself in one of the planes you see flying above, and get close to Denali. Go jetboating, horseback riding, rafting, hiking, or choose from many other activities. If you don’t want to leave the lodge grounds, stroll one of the three nature trails, either on your own or on a guided, park ranger-led walk.

Diverse Dining and Entertainment

A couple stands on a balcony with Mt. Denali in the background.

Activities can be arranged by the Guest Service desk. Go jetboating, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, hiking, or choose from many other area activities.

You may be tucked away in the wilderness, but you won’t lack for anything. With four different food outlets to choose from, you’re covered any time of day, whether you like a cup of morning coffee or a full breakfast; a lunchtime sandwich or a pizza; a casual dinner or a fresh Alaskan feast. And be sure to sit out on the deck and enjoy an Alaskan microbrew as the setting sun glints off 20,310 feet of mountain.

Other options at the lodge include "Denali: Into the Dream," a photo-and-music show that transports you through Alaska, from Denali to the Northern Lights.

Multi-Day Packages

Arrive in Denali on a Denali Rail Tour by Princess Lodges, where you can enjoy the views from glass-domed cars and open-air viewing platforms. Packages are available from Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Seward (ideal if arriving or departing by cruise ship). Available packages include Blue Rail Tours, with overnight accommodation in Denali, at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, or both locations, but not in the departing towns of Anchorage or Fairbanks; and Yellow Rail Tours that include overnight accommodation in Denali, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, or both and also include overnight accommodation in Anchorage, Fairbanks or both. See website for more package details.

Amenities

Hotel Features

  • The Great Room: views of Denali from floor-to-ceiling windows, spots for board games or lounging, stone fireplace
  • 180-acre property provides a true wilderness retreat
  • Four dining options: café, espresso bar, fine-dining restaurant, lounge
  • Just two hours from Anchorage and 100 miles south of Denali National Park
  • ADA-standard rooms for guests with disabilities
  • Gift shop, nature trails
  • Guest Service desk organizes optional activities (additional charge): River rafting, horseback and horse-drawn wagon rides, jet boat trips, sled dog kennel tours, fishing, flightseeing
  • Shuttle service to Talkeetna
  • Computer kiosk with internet access
  • Park Ranger programs

Room Features

  • Guest rooms nestled throughout this wilderness property
  • Nine-foot ceilings, fans, sitting area, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, hair dryers

Getting There

Mile 133 Parks Highway
Denali State Park, AK 99683

From The Parks Hwy: The lodge is located at milepoint 133 of the Parks Highway, just north of the massive Chulitna River Bridge. Turn east on Mt. McKinley View Drive and head up the hill to the lodge entrance. The lodge is just two hours north of Anchorage, or four and a half hours south of Fairbanks.

Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season Mid-May to Mid-Sept
Rates $99 - $199 per night
Sample Blue Packages Anchorage – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $379 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali if applicable
Anchorage – Talkeetna – Denali – Anchorage // $749 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali if applicable
Fairbanks – Denali – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $6999 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali if applicable
Yellow Packages Anchorage – Talkeetna – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $849 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali [if applicable] plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Anchorage – Talkeetna – Denali – Anchorage // $1049 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali [if applicable] plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Fairbanks – Denali – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $1049 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and Denali [if applicable] plus Anchorage and / or Fairbanks
Rate Notes Prices do not include local sales tax, and are subject to change without notice.

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Points of Interest

Named for the ele­va­tion of near­by Denali, this casu­al restau­rant serves up break­fast, lunch, and din­ner across from the Mt. McKin­ley Princess Lodge. The restau­rant was designed to feed lodge guests, and most enjoy at least one meal inside this large, stand­alone struc­ture of steel and wood. The food is vin­tage Princess, includ­ing fresh seafood and pub fare with house-made sauces and fresh sides.

With Alaskan beers on tap, 50 bot­tles of wine, and a full bar (includ­ing spir­its from the Alas­ka Dis­tillery), the Base Camp Bar, is a great place to grab a drink before hav­ing din­ner in the adja­cent North Fork Restau­rant. Try a mar­gari­ta made with wild Alas­ka blue­ber­ry vod­ka, a per­fect drink for a sun­ny after­noon on the big deck, which fea­tures great views of the Alas­ka Range. You can order appe­tiz­ers, or select from the lunch and din­ner menus  ...more

This din­ing room has stun­ning views of Denali on clear days. Huge win­dows open onto the Alas­ka Range and the moun­tain, and a vault­ed ceil­ing of tim­ber-framed spruce cre­ates a light, airy feel, almost like you’re eat­ing out­side. Accom­pa­ny­ing the view and atmos­phere, is the finest food at the lodge. Spe­cial­iz­ing in fresh Alas­ka seafood entrees, it’s reser­va­tion only for din­ner, but break­fast can be as quick or casu­al as you’d like

Difficulty: Moderate

Choose between four hik­ing trails on the McKin­ley Princess prop­er­ty, from easy to stren­u­ous, and explore the Alaskan wilder­ness, with great views and wildlife.

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge