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Kantishna Roadhouse
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An off the beaten path gem!
User: Carmen D from: Indianapolis, Indiana
Published Date: Dec, 5, 2021
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2021
Rating: 5
If you want to get away from the crowds to a nice, quiet, relaxing, remote location, this is the place to do it. Away from cell service and Wifi, the cabins at Kantishna are nestled near the end of the road, as far as you can travel into Denali National Park. They offer a variety of daily activities, including guided hikes to various locations and trips to Wonder Lake, where you can see the mountain range and Denali reflecting in the water. The staff are all friendly, fun and well informed. Our bus ride into the lodge from the Denali Visitor Center with tour guide Kirsty was phenomenal. She knew everything there is to know about the area, the history, the flora and the fauna and narrated the full trip. She slowed or stopped the bus where she could and let us off at a few stops along the way. Even when we could not get off, the bus windows slid down and she positioned the bus, so we could get unobstructed photos of the wildlife. Probably the best thing about Kantishna though was the food. Chef Jimbo forages the local land and creates the most mouthwatering, amazing meals. It has been 5 months since our trip and we still talk about Jimbo’s food. If you have special dietary needs, he will take the time to talk with you, understand what you can and cannot eat and will create custom meals to match your needs. No matter what he makes, the taste is guaranteed to be amazing! Some things to be aware of when traveling to Kantishna: There is not much wildlife at this end of the park so, if you think the more remote location will mean more wildlife, you will be disappointed. The wildlife on the drive in and out is incredible (we saw all of the Big 5), but once at the Kantishna Roadhouse the only mammal we saw was a rabbit. Also, bring bug spray. The place was crawling with mosquitoes. We couldn’t sit and relax outside because the mosquitoes were vicious. However, there is a great upstairs to the lodge where we could relax, with a reading room and several games. Don’t let these things deter you: For an off-the beaten path, relaxing, remote get-away, Kantishna can’t be beat.
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Spent 3 nights in August, highly recommend!
User: teatime4 from: Ithaca, New York
Published Date: Sep, 22, 2021
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021
Rating: 5
My 25 year -old daughter and I spent 3 nights there, giving us 2 full days to hike. There are several hikes to choose from (beginning, medium, challenging) and they are guided . One needs a guide to know how to deal with wildlife. During our hike we were saw a caribou on our path - our guide knew exactly what to do (walk up hill out of its path, allow it to pass, resume hike). Food was delicious. Evening talks were excellent. Place is beautiful with stream nearby. Weather was wonderful and we could see Denali. Only downside - cabins are not soundproof, you can hear your neighbor. Otherwise cabins are comfortable and place is very well organized. Thank you Kantishna Roadhouse! I hope to return.
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Stay At Least Three Nights If You Can
User: Bonnie S from: Salt Lake City, Utah
Published Date: Sep, 17, 2021
Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2021
Rating: 4
There are many ways to experience Denali NP. This way was perfect for us. It was easy to work with the reservation agent. The staff at the roadhouse was fantastic, completely catering to our needs, and the naturalists were knowledgeable and fun to be around. Chef Jimbo and his staff were incredible. The food was amazing. Chef has a smoker, and you can expect a smoked salmon salad option to be offered at lunch and dinner. We chose between two entrees for dinner each night. A few hot breakfast options were the same every morning. KRH provides a to-go lunch if you plan to be away, but I ate a wonderful hot lunch at the roadhouse each day. Meals are very filling, but not all-you-can-eat. This is fine dinning. The night before we left we ordered sack breakfasts to take with us on the bus. Guests should realize the the bus trip in and out is part of the inclusive package. It's transportation, but it's also a guided tour. We were in a very basic school bus. The driver/guide stopped for all wildlife sightings in and out. For these you're not allowed to leave the bus. I think we stopped four times to stretch our legs. Three had facilities: a vault toilet; a Port-a-Potty; and a flush toilet at Eielson Vistitor Center. Yes, it is a long ride, but even without stops, the trip would take hours due to the rough road. KRH doesn't provide any food on the trip into the park, and dinner won't be served for your group until around 8:00. I suggest you have a hearty lunch before boarding, and snacks with you if you're the munchie type. We brought crackers and fruit to keep in the cabin also. Obviously the cost per person per night is extremely high, especially when you consider the rustic accommodations. You may balk at the two-night minimum, but a one-night stay would be crazy. You don't control your arrival and departure. Arrive at 7pm, leave at 6am. You'd be on the property for 11 hours and have one hot meal. We were exhausted on arrival. Turning around and leaving immediately was unthinkable. A two-night stay gives you ONE DAY to do stuff at the roadhouse. I felt even two nights was not long enough, so we stretched it to three nights. Having two full days was far superior to leaving after one. There are cheaper ways to visit Denali. The weather and your odds of seeing The Big One are the same, whether you backpack for next-to-nothing or drop several grand. This was a once in a lifetime experience for us, and we chose to do it with KRH. I would do it again in a minute.
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Beautiful travel experience, great staff, and comfortable, somewhat rustic rooms.
User: Ken G from: Oakland, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 30, 2021
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021
Rating: 5
Alaska has been on my bucket list for years. This year, all of our international trips were canceled due to the pandemic, but we were able to get to Alaska. On the train ride from Anchorage to Denali we got to see the mountain from bottom to top, something they say only can be seen only about 30% of the time, so we were very lucky. The drive from the town of Denali into the center of the park to the Roadhouse was about 7 hours on a gravel road (well maintained by the Park Service) and the scenery is magnificent! We saw a number of brown bears - Grizzlies - a moose about 10 feet from the bus, a fox, caribou, Dahl sheep, eagles. What more can you ask for? The Roadhouse is very comfortable, and there are lots of guided activities. You don't want to go out on your own in Denali because of the bears, but the guides are all naturalists, know how to deal with the wildlife, and they all carry bear spray. The staff is wonderful, very kind and enthusiastic, and they almost all are multi talented. They give presentations every night on interesting topics that are their specialties, they are very interesting. One young lady, Kyleen, talked about climbing Denali and how she is preparing to climb it in 2 years. All in all this was a great experience.

Wonderfully relaxing
User: Floyd G from: Edina, Minnesota
Published Date: Aug, 30, 2021
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2021
Rating: 5
Spent 2 nights here on our trip to Denali. Cabin accommodations and fabulous food. Took part in a walk and lunch to the McKinley Bar (trail through the tundra woods and bogs to the McKinley river. Luckily day was clear and we had excellent views of Denali and the range. An unforgettable experience.
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