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Denali Backcountry Lodge
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The journey was as fun as the destination
User: LoveTraveling411 from: Tampa, Florida
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Mar, 9, 2019
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
The Denali Backcountry Lodge is at the end of the only road into the national park. The 6-hour drive in each direction was probably the highlight of our stay - loads of wildlife sightings with friendly and knowledgeable bus drivers, scenery that seemed to get more beautiful with each mile, and lots of opportunities to get a peek at the elusive mountain. The lodge itself is comfortable - I would describe the accommodations and food as adequate but not remarkable. Given their remote location, however, my hat is off to the people who work there and make it as nice as it is. The daily hikes were fun and the guides enthusiastic. I would definitely recommend this place. I believe a standard stay is 2 nights. We chose to stay 3 nights and were glad. Since you get there the evening of Day 1 and leave early in the morning Day 3, a 2-night stay only gives you one full day to explore the area. We liked having the extra day to do another hike and also just relax and enjoy the beautiful setting.
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Great visit
User: MelbourneJock from: Melbourne
Published Date: Oct, 17, 2018
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
This experience was a combination of the journey and the accommodation. The journey was a 92 mile trip in a bus that took about 6 hours and went to the end of the road. The bus was comfortable and the driver gave a commentary en-route covering aspects of the Denalli National Park as well as looking out for wildlife for us to see. We saw bears, caribou, ground squirrels (bear burritos), an arctic fox as well as birds, plants and awesome scenery. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and given the circumstances of being closed for the bulk of the year really good. The food, included in the price, was good with coffee available at the bar throughout the day. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. We were booked to fly out but the weather wasn't suitable with rain and low cloud so we bussed it back out again. All in all a great experience and one not to miss.

Big Mountain, big park
User: Timothy L from: Yorktown Heights, New York
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 16, 2018
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018
Rating: 5
My wife and I stayed at the Denali Backcountry Lodge for three nights on our month-long trip to Alaska. The lodge is a bit pricey, but we felt it was worth it to be inside Denali National Park. Most tourists just travel into the park on a day trip, and it is a long bus ride (four hours) into the park. We recommend spending the money and staying inside the park for a few days. Our accommodations were excellent, and the food and service were very good. A couple of notes about Denali National Park: first, the weather is extremely changeable, and the mountain, Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), is shrouded in clouds. I began to joke that there really was no mountain at all; that all the talk about the tallest mountain in North America was just a hoax. In the three days we were in the Park, the sun cleared away the clouds for TWO HOURS so we could see Denali. That was the only view we had of the mountain for the entire three days we were there. This is why I recommend spending some time in the park. Second, please understand that Alaska is not the Serengeti Plain. Yes, there are plenty of wild animals in Alaska, but it is a huge area, and you won't see vast herds of animals. You'll get a glimpse of one or two at a time, if you are lucky. For example, we saw good wildlife on our bus trips in and out of Denali National Park, but we did not see any wild animals on any of our hikes while we were in the Park itself. It's all a matter of luck and timing, so please be prepared to be very patient when looking for wildlife.
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5* EXPERIENCE
User: FunTimes56 from: Hickory, North Carolina
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Oct, 10, 2018
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2018
Rating: 5
What an amazing way to start our Alaskan adventure! Abundant wildlife was spotted on our journey to mile marker 92 in Denali National Park including numerous grizzlies, moose, falcons, dall sheep, foxes, and more. Our bus driver was spectacular and excellent at spotting wildlife. We arrived at the Backcountry Lodge and were given our cabin numbers. If you have the opportunity when booking request one on the water. Blue skies the next day provided the perfect backdrop to circumnavigate Denali. What a sight to behold. Then we hiked Blueberry Hill and were able to get some great pictures of Denali with Mirror Lake in the foreground. Cute little bar in the lodge. You can bring your own wine, etc. and I am glad we did. It was the end of the season so not much to choose from. They made a great martini. All meals were delicious from rack of lamb to halibut to steak. Highly recommend flying out on a bush plane. We got to see other areas not accessible by bus.
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Nice Lodgings and Beautiful Scenery
User: 1marnie from: Tehachapi, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 19, 2018
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
We came in on the tour bus in which we saw several bears and other amazing wildlife. We also thank Denali National Park for keeping this wonderful area wild and not turning it into the crowded Disneyland parks we have formerly been to. We found the rooms to be very comfortable except there was hardly any water pressure and our clock was set to pm when it was really am.
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