Health & Safety Planning for the 2021 Season

We are actively preparing for resumed operations in 2021, with a keen eye to ongoing developments in public health, policy, and tools and understanding related to COVID-19.  As always, the health and safety of our guests and staff remains paramount.

In spite of significant advances, the world doesn’t yet look “back to normal,” and neither, entirely, will Camp Denali in 2021.  We have combed through all facets of our operations to mitigate health risks while also attempting to remain faithful to our purpose and our traditions.

Our resulting approach is designed to be layered and redundant, recognizing that while risk cannot be entirely eliminated, a diligent, multi-pronged approach is shown to be very effective in minimizing risk from COVID-19.  We recognize that we and our guests each have a role to play in ensuring that Camp Denali’s unique offerings can be safely enjoyed this summer.

We sincerely appreciate your support, and welcome the chance to discuss the 2021 season at Camp Denali.  One of the takeaways for us from the past year has been the poignant reminder of how much camaraderie, and the natural world, enrich our lives.  We look forward to the renewed opportunity to share both, in health.

On Our Part:

POSITION
We will continue to be guided by science and public health policy, including local, state and federal levels. Our foremost commitment is to the health and safety of our guests and staff, followed closely by our assessment of how best we can uphold the spirit of Camp Denali’s celebrated guest experience.

GUEST CAPACITY
A reduced guest capacity is in effect for 2021, to better allow for social distancing and related contingencies.

STAFFING
Staff will observe pre-season quarantine, daily health screenings, and regular testing, when available. Staff will limit travel outside the park, and will observe personal mitigation measures at all times.

FACILITIES
Where possible, mitigations will include HEPA air filtration, touchless fixtures, complimentary hygiene amenities and augmented cleaning practices. Guest cabins will be thoroughly disinfected between parties. If there is a known or suspected COVID-19 case, that cabin will be taken offline for a prescribed interval and appropriate cleaning will be performed.

ACTIVITIES
Masks will be required aboard vehicles and during indoor programming.  Masks will be required on guided hikes when social distancing cannot be maintained. Vehicles will accommodate socially-distanced seating between parties. Evening programs will be conducted in our dining room for enhanced social distancing.

DINING
Dining options will expand to better accommodate social distancing.  These will include smaller and/or assigned tables, supplemental seating areas, and/or in-cabin meal delivery. Buffet service, including daily sack lunches, will be replaced by made-to-order options. Our commitment to wholesome, locally-sourced, and artfully prepared cuisine remains unchanged.

ARRIVAL DAY/PICNIC DINNER
Please note that we will NOT serve an en route picnic dinner on arrival day. A light, prepared snack and water will be provided instead, and dinner will be served upon arrival to the lodge. Plan to eat a hearty lunch before meeting our buses. Timing will be adjusted as follows:
12:30pm- meet our buses
1:00pm- depart
Approximately 7:00pm- arrive at Camp Denali for dinner and orientation

COMMUNICATION
We will strive to provide all significant updates via this website, and by direct contact with our booked guests.

On Your Part:

FACE MASKS AND GENERAL MITIGATION
Masking, social-distancing and hand-washing/sanitizing will be required at all times in Camp Denali vehicles and common buildings. Mask-less exceptions will include in guest cabins, while dining, and in general for children under two. Masks will be worn on guided outings when social distancing cannot be maintained.

HEALTH REPORTING
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has had known exposure to the virus must notify our staff immediately, and/or prior to boarding our arrival buses. Depending on current state or federal health mandates, additional measures such as health screenings (e.g. temperature check or a questionnaire), or proof of a negative test, may be required prior to arrival.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY
The Alaska Travel Industry Association is developing a COVID-19-specific liability release which we anticipate will become widely adopted within the industry. We are currently tracking its development and may institute it as a pre-trip requirement.

GEAR
To reduce the sharing of gear, we strongly encourage you to bring your own in 2021. Rain gear, day packs, trekking poles, and gaiters will only be available to borrow upon request. Mosquito head nets will be available for purchase only. Safety equipment such as bike helmets and life jackets will be available to borrow, and will be disinfected between users.

 

Additional Planning Information:

STATE OF ALASKA AND U.S. TRAVEL GUIDELINES
Alaska’s current travel guidelines can be found here. Current requirements for international travelers entering the US can be found here.

WHAT IF THERE IS A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE?
Guests will be asked to self-monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms throughout their stay. Our expectation will be that any guest experiencing symptoms notify our staff and self-isolate immediately. We hope to have the ability to conduct rapid testing on site for anyone experiencing symptoms. In the event of a positive test, that individual will be isolated with their cabin-mate(s) and the party driven to the park entrance at the first reasonable opportunity. While we will offer what assistance we can, it will be the sole responsibility of the individual(s) involved to make their own onward lodging/travel arrangements.

WHERE IS THE CLOSEST MEDICAL FACILITY?
The closest clinic is near the park entrance, approximately 100 miles away. The closest hospitals are in Fairbanks, an additional 120 miles to the north, or in Anchorage, an additional 240 miles to the south. Weather permitting, a direct flight from Kantishna to Fairbanks or Anchorage may reduce travel times to one and two hours respectively.  Be aware that travel by small airplane may not be an option in suspected COVID-19 cases.

WHAT IF I’VE BEEN VACCINATED?
We are closely monitoring CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals.  At this time it is our expectation that all guests and staff, regardless of vaccinations, abide by these mitigation protocols as outlined. This is subject to change in accordance with any updates in CDC guidance.

WHAT IF I WANT TO CANCEL?
Cancellations are subject to our cancellation policy:
Cancellations up to 60 days prior to arrival: $100 per person fee
Cancellations 59-31 days prior to arrival: Forfeit deposit
Cancellations within 30 days: Non-refundable

WHAT IF A MEMBER OF MY PARTY TESTS POSITIVE PRIOR TO OUR SCHEDULED STAY?
In the event of a positive test by a member of your party between 1 and 21 days prior to arrival, we will work with you to reschedule or refund your reservation, at your option.  Verifiable proof of a positive test within the specified timetable must be presented.

WHAT IF I WANT TO MOVE MY RESERVATION TO 2022?
You are welcome to transfer your reservation to 2022 with no penalty up until 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival in 2021. Cancellations or transfers made after this time will be subject to standard cancellation terms. Our 2022 rates and schedule can be found here.