Denali Kantishna Explorer

A wilderness experience deep in the heart of Denali National Park.

Spend at least two nights in the Kantishna region 90 miles inside the park boundaries and well away from the crowded Park entrance. This unguided Denali adventure is perfect for independent travelers, as it includes ground transportation from Anchorage, accommodations and most meals and activities are included. You can choose your own trip dates between early June to early September to fit perfectly with other travel plans.

You’ll have two opportunities to search for wildlife along the entire Denali Park Road, both to and from your Kantishna lodging. Watch for bears, caribou, moose, Dall sheep and wolves. The lodge grounds boast ample opportunity for both solitude and adventure. Activities available at the lodge include gold panning, photography, hiking and biking. Truly a full-service backcountry Alaskan lodge experience in the heart of Denali National Park.

This trip is the perfect complement to our Lodge Packages, Alaska Wildland Collection or Ultimate Alaska Adventure, allowing you to experience Alaska’s Southcentral region as well as the fabled Interior.


Call for pricing; Pricing is per person, based on double occupancy, plus tax. Available June to early September.


Day 1

Get an early start this morning and take a taxi to meet your motorcoach bound to Denali National Park. Arrive at the Egan Convention Center in Anchorage by 6:30 a.m. for check-in. The 237-mile trip north provides scenic byways and, weather permitting, excellent views of Denali en route to the park.

Arrive at the Denali Rail Depot around noon and board a private bus. Soon after, you’re on your way to a memorably narrated wildlife drive inside the park. Your driver will share their knowledge about the local wildlife and history. Look for bear, caribou and moose as you venture along the 90 mile park road. Arrive at 8:30 p.m. and settle in to your cabin. Dinner and overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

Day 2 (and 3 or more, if you choose)

Explore, gold pan, photograph, hike, or bike in the Kantishna region of Denali National Park. Your day(s) can be as active or relaxed as you like. For some, venturing out for a casual stroll on the spongy tundra is a highlight! For others, a full-day trek is a must. Clear days offer stunning views of Denali and, no matter what the weather, you’ll delight in knowing you are far removed from the crowds. In the evenings, enjoy a presentation by one of the resident lodge staff or simply relax in your cabin near Moose Creek. Overnight at Denali Backcountry Lodge.

Last Day

Search for wildlife again on a morning drive back to the park entrance. At the depot, transfer your luggage to the Alaska Railroad. Board the train and sit back and enjoy the ride from Denali to Anchorage. Lunch, dinner, and transfers not included. Meals are available for purchase on the train.


Arrive at the Anchorage train depot by approximately 8:30 p.m. on the last day of your trip. We recommend you spend this night in Anchorage. If you must fly home this night, we suggest you book a flight that departs after midnight in case of possible transportation delays.

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