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Kantishna Denali Roadhouse

Denali National Park, Alaska

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The Kantishna Roadhouse is deep in the heart of Alaska's majestic Denali National Park. It is full service lodge owned and operated by Alaska people of Athabaskan Indian descent. Frontier Canada recommends taking the Denali National Park bus into the lodge and flying out. Whilst the journey is fascinating and you should see lots of wildlife, it is a long day and we think that one way is enough.  It is also wonderful to fly over in a light airplane and for a small extra fee, we can fly you close to Mt. McKinley. The Kantishna Roadhouse has two dining rooms, gift shop, saloon and a library.

Kantishna Roadhouse features an abundance of unique opportunities for you to explore the wonders of DenaliNational Park’s wilderness.

Dog Team Presentation
A talk about dog mushing in Alaska is given followed by the running of a team. Obviously there is no snow, so the team is run with an ATV, which is a common way to exercise dogs in the summer.

Mountain Biking
If mountain biking is a favourite outdoor activity you can pedal toWonderLakeor investigate the old mining roads in the area.

Join one of the daily guided hikes which last for two to six hours. The Roadhouse structure the hikes to offer many opportunities to see the area for beginners, intermediate and advanced trekkers. Hiking is an excellent opportunity to explore and learn about the wildlife and flora of the Kantishna Hills from one of the experienced Naturalist Guides.

Fly Fishing
Try your hand at fly fishing for Arctic Grayling in nearby Moose Creek. Both fly and spinning rods are available for rent and licenses can be purchased at the lodge. 

Gold Panning
Grab a pan and head for the creek. Learn the history and methods of the old-time prospectors and try your hand at panning for a little "colour". Any gold you find is yours to keep!

There is a minimum 2 day stay at the Kantishna Roadhouse but as you can see there is plenty to do.

Getting to Kantishna Roadhouse

The bus picks up from the Denali Rail station at 1230 (to coincide with the train from Fairbanks) and from the Denali Park Entrance at 1330. Arrive at Kantishna Roadhouse at 1945 in time for dinner.  The return bus departs at 0620 getting back to the entrance at 1130 and to the station in time for the train to Anchorage. If you are including Kantishna in your fly-drive holiday, you should allow 6 hours to drive from Anchorage or 3 from Fairbanks, so you may need to factor in a night on the edge of the park.
A light aircraft can be substituted for the bus in either direction.


Cabins are either in a log duplex or four-plex and are simply furnished either two full size beds, or two queen size beds. They all have private bathrooms and showers.

Why we like it

An amazing location and absolutely the best way to see Denali National Park.


Disabled Access

No Tv


Full Board

About 200 miles north by car from Anchorage, this amazing 6-million acre park, where moose, black and grizzly bears, caribou and wolves roam, is a must-do on any Alaska itinerary.   While access to the park is limited for self-drive cars - you can only take your vehicle the f...Read More


Reviews & Feedback

Roger & Lynda H

An epic experience! We bussed in on the old school bus and flew back to the park before catching the train to Anchorage. NB You don't have to leave your luggage at the left luggage office in Denali. It will be put on the train for you.


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