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
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.
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.
- 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
- Guest rooms nestled throughout this wilderness property
- Nine-foot ceilings, fans, sitting area, cable TV, direct-dial telephone, hair dryers
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.
Prices & Dates
|Season||Mid-May to Mid-Sept|
|Rates||$179 - $249 per night|
|Blue Rail Tour Packages||Anchorage – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $439 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge|
|Anchorage – Talkeetna – Denali – Anchorage // $799 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and Denali|
|Fairbanks – Denali – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $749 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and Denali|
|Yellow Rail Tour Packages||Anchorage – Talkeetna – Denali – Anchorage // $1149 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and Denali plus Anchorage|
|Fairbanks – Denali – Talkeetna – Anchorage // $1099 | Includes accommodations at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge and Denali plus Anchorage and Fairbanks|
|Rate Notes||Prices do not include local sales tax, and are subject to change without notice.|
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