by Northwest Travel & Life Staff
A single road snakes its way into Denali National Park and Preserve. First, you encounter the Visitor Center complex just inside the park entrance. From there, you can drive your own vehicle a short distance inside the park. But to experience the natural splendor that is Denali, you have to go beyond that point. The gravel road ends approximately 90 miles from the park entrance.
You can experience Denali’s vast interior by taking a park shuttle bus for a day excursion. Or you can book a cabin at Camp Denali, a private wilderness resort near the end of the road. The Camp Denali shuttle bus will meet you at the park entrance, and drive you 90 miles to the resort, stopping along the way for brief stretch breaks.
Once you arrive at Camp Denali, you will be awestruck at the setting and facilities. A main lodge is where meals are served. “Dry” cabins are spread throughout the property, with running water available at an outdoor pump, heat from a wood stove, and your own private outhouse. The cabins are well-appointed and cozy. A central bath house offers running water, flush toilets and showers.
For such an isolated resort, meals served in the main lodge building are hearty and excellent, owing to the onsite gardens and the fact that all baked goods are made in-house. Activities include a daily guided excursion in the park and evening presentations and educational sessions about the park environment and habitats.
In the 2021 season, Camp Denali has rigorous health and safety protocols to keep you and their staff safe. Learn more about staying at Camp Denali and about visiting Denali National Park and Preserve.