The recent sale of nearby Denali Backcountry Lodge could be a significant portent for Kantishna, and Denali National Park. The new owner, VIAD, is an international corporation whose diverse operations include marketing, tourism, transportation, and related visitor services in the Canadian Rockies, and in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park where they are both an independent operator and also a park concessioner. This acquisition puts them in an obvious position to compete with Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture for the next Transportation Services concession for Denali. However, that contract has just been extended for three years to allow for the implementation of the Vehicle Management Plan (see P. 1). In the meantime, it will be interesting to watch what VIAD does with its new holding in Kantishna. Given the extraordinary privilege of operating inside a national park, we have always advocated for letting one’s scale of operations be governed by the carrying capacity of park resources, and not by that of the market.
Illustrations by William D. Berry and Amanda P. Devine
P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
The enthusiasm of our staff is often what makes the guest experience so memorable. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for our organization, encourage him or her to view the employment pages of our website, www.campdenali.com. General staff positions are available for the 2013 season, as well as the following professional seasonal positions:
**Registered Nurses are encouraged to apply for any of our positions.
Denali is what America was; it’s the old and new, the real and ideal, the wild earth working itself into us on days stormy and calm, brutal and beautiful, unforgiving and blessed. It’s where we came from, long before agriculture, television and designer coffee, before our goofball ideas of having dominion over all living things, before our modern, paradoxical definitions of progress and prosperity, and too much stuff; it’s the lean, mean, primal place buried in our bones no matter how much we might deny it, no matter how fancy our homes, how busy our routines, how cherished our myths. Denali resides in each of us as the deep quiet, the profound moment, the childhood lost and found again, the open space and rare chance to be observant, truly alive.