Enjoy authentic Alaska on a budget at this cozy lodge, uniquely situated inside America’s largest national park—Wrangell-St. Elias. The family-run, year-round property offers a variety of log cabins, all surrounded by pristine natural wonders and endless adventure possibilities. You’ll feel like you have the park to yourself in this quiet, remote area, but unlike some wilderness lodges, Wrangell Mountains is accessible by car.
Surrounded on all sides by snow-capped peaks, vast meadows and lakes, Wrangell Mountains Wilderness Lodge lets you truly escape and commune with nature. It’s easy to do, since there are magical views and wildlife everywhere you turn; you’ll even be in the migration path of trumpeter swans, golden eagles, ducks, and caribou.
Whether you choose one of the 6 unique guest cabins or a room inside the lodge, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the owner-operators, the Rego family. You’ll find amenities like handmade log beds and flat-screen TVs—and all the cabins offer fully equipped kitchens. There’s also a fireplace in the garden area, and either an in-cabin washroom or access to a wash cabin (in summer). Next year, you’ll also have the option of staying in a fully-plumbed yurt!
Since you won’t be close to a store or restaurant, you may choose to add a gourmet meal plan, which is available by reservation. The healthy, well-balanced meals draw from Alaska’s rich treasure of delicious resources, like salmon from the Copper River, halibut from Prince William Sound, and local reindeer, along with other delicious dishes. Special diets can be accommodated.
The lodge comes with a fascinating history as well. Built from salvaged bridge timbers by a homesteader and his family, it began as a hunting-fishing headquarters site that pre-dates the park. It’s since been revitalized by the Rego family, who had been regular visitors to the lodge for over 40 years. They purchased it in 2018 and have been working to turn it into a must-stay.
Grab a drink in the historic tavern over a game of pool. Enjoy the dining room and the sauna. Relax in your log cabin. Then get out and explore! You’ll find lots of walking trails that lead you past shimmering lakes, a volcano, and an old mine- all accompanied by only the sounds of nature. You can also go fishing, kayaking, biking, and more in the warmer months.
Each Season Brings New Adventures
But every season offers its own magical touches. In springtime, the area is a haven for birders who come to watch the swan and eagle migrations. In the fall, the trees are ablaze with dazzling colors. And in winter, it’s a great spot for ice climbing, fat biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Plus, from September through the April, it’s an ideal place to look for the famous northern lights—far from any city lights, out under a huge Alaskan sky.