Denali Backcountry Lodge packages depart from and return to the train depot at the Denali National Park entrance.
Guests meet at the depot at 1:00 p.m., and our private bus departs at 1:30 p.m. At the end of your stay, you will return to the depot at approximately 11:30 a.m.
This schedule allows for southbound travel from Fairbanks by train on the day of arrival at the lodge and for travel by train to Anchorage or Fairbanks on the day of departure from the lodge.
Other transportation options include shuttle van, sightseeing bus, personal vehicle, rental car, and chartered bush airplane. Guests traveling to the park entrance will need to allow ample time for construction delays, slow traffic, and vehicle parking. Guests traveling northbound from Anchorage by train will require a stay at the park entrance the night before going to the lodge.
If you are short on time, or if you missed the opportunity to take our afternoon narrated bus trip into the deepest part of Denali, you can still enjoy a stay at Denali Backcountry Lodge by flying in with Kantishna Air Taxi. Kantishna Air Taxi is the only company permitted to operate out of Kantishna.
IMPORTANT: Please note, if you are flying in, make sure you arrange for your flight to land in Kantishna after 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in flying out of the Lodge on the day of your check out, be sure to arrange for your flight to depart no later than 9:00 a.m. To better serve our guests, fly-in and fly-out times are strictly enforced. We can book Kantishna Air Taxi arrivals and departures for you, as well as recommend other Kantishna Air Taxi flight tours to enhance your Alaskan vacation.
We highly recommend a stay at Denali Cabins before or after your lodge visit. Located just south of the park entrance, Denali Cabins offers an excellent location, comfortable accommodations, courtesy shuttles to and from the train depot, outdoor hot tubs, and friendly staff.
Satellite Internet is used for Lodge communications. Cell phone services, DSL internet, and faster cable internet are not available in our remote location.
Denali Backcountry Lodge packages provide excellent opportunities for active parents to share virtually every moment of their Denali vacation with their older children. Please note there are no childcare services or special programs for younger children at the lodge.