by Phil Corless
Deep inside the wilderness of Denali National Park, this traditional lodge offers modern comforts in an old-fashioned setting. You can book adjoining rooms to form a spacious family-friendly suite containing a queen bed and bunk beds. All rooms step out onto a common veranda that leads to the dining room, sitting room, library and outdoor patio. Meals are included with your stay, prepared by a gourmet chef from fresh, local ingredients. After dinner, kids will have fun playing games by a crackling fire in the sitting room while parents relax with a book.
North Face Lodge is located about 90 miles from the Denali National Park Visitor Center. The lodge will pick you up at the Denali Train Depot or nearby, and that initial bus ride into the park is your first chance to learn about the unique geology and wildlife of the area. Once settled in, you’ll be ready for a hike or two with the lodge’s expert naturalists. They will take you on trails that most tour groups never see. The lodge also provides canoes on nearby Wonder Lake, and fishing gear to try in the creek that runs by the lodge. If you want your Denali National Park family vacation to begin each day from the best possible location and the most comfortable accommodations, look no further than the North Face Lodge.
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by william c
Stayed at North Face Lodge in Denali and had a wonderful time. Spectacular scenery, great food and the best professional staff ever. They were very accommodating and knowledgeable regarding flora, fauna and the history and geology of the region. This is the sister camp to Camp Denali. North Face has flush toilets, en-suite showers and running water. Definitely a “camp or lodge feeling but in real comfort.
Stayed in the Fall and were amazed at the fall colors of the tundra. Saw lots of animals but all with a few exceptions, they were at a distance. Not close up like on Safari in Africa. Wonderful over all experience.
We stayed at North Face Lodge for three nights at the beginning of September and had the most magical time! I do have a couple of areas for suggested improvement (small things), but overall it was truly an unforgettable experience! The food was delicious and fresh (staff picked berries during the day for desserts and such!), the staff were welcoming and accommodating, our hiking guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the rooms, while quite small, were comfy and warm. We went for a great guided hike (moderate) on the tundra and had a nice picnic lunch, we got to experience the northern lights one night (so incredible!), and one day we ventured off to Wonder Lake on our own. We saw lots of wildlife (bears, moose, caribou, beaver, muskrat, swans)on the bus rides in and out of the park. The only teeny areas of improvement that I would suggest would be to get a few bikes for women (all of the bikes had the high bar going across and I find those difficult to ride...maybe it's just me), and to have door tags that you can put on your door if you would like to be woken up or not for the northern lights. I find these tags to be a really nice feature, rather than having to set your alarm every night and then go outside and check. All a staff member would have to do is go around and give a loud knock on the doors that say "wake me up for the lights!). Anyway, all in all a wonderful experience...and hopefully I will return one day!