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Camp Denali

Camp Denali was founded in 1952 and is Alaska’s – perhaps the nation’s – first business to engage in experiential learning about nature and cultural heritage, long before the term “ecotourism” gained popularity. Our guests are people who want to be close to the land and can do without high-end, luxury accommodations. 

Camp Denali is a wilderness lodge that offers guests a true Alaskan adventure. It is situated near treeline, providing access to native tundra and boreal forest habitats right from your door. Each of the 19 guest cabins has a picture window view of Denali and offers privacy throughout your stay.

The cabins are hand-crafted, well-appointed, and authentic. Quilts made by our staff adorn the beds, a wood stove provides cozy warmth, and propane lamps light the cabins. A short path leads to a private, meticulously maintained outhouse, and sink basin inside allows washing up. Drinking water comes from a spigot just outside and may be heated on your cabin's propane hot plate for a morning coffee or afternoon tea. 

A three- to seven-minute walk uphill from your cabin leads you to the dining room, a modern shower facility, and our historic log lodge with an inviting wood stove, cozy seating, library, and unparalleled views. 

Camp Denali is the epitome of the wilderness tradition that exemplifies what our founders envisioned for park visitors - a place that doesn't insulate you from the wilderness you come to explore.

The hand-hewn original log lodge next to Nugget Pond (pictured above), built by the founders in 1954, still offers up hospitality at the heart of Camp Denali, while guest cabins are set along an ascending ridgeline to take best advantage of the surrounding views.

A timber frame dining hall, a natural history resource collection, a modern shower and bathroom facility, and other public spaces radiate out from Nugget Pond. The newer buildings and facilities complement Camp Denali’s rich history and reputation as one of the first wilderness lodges in Alaska.

Daily Itinerary

Arrival day- scenic flight and introduction to Denali

  • Check-in at our office overlooking the Nenana River (times vary depending on your flight).

  • Head across the road to Denali Air’s private airstrip for your flight.

  • Scenic flight over the Park with sweeping views of Alaska Range peaks and glaciers.  

  • Welcome reception and lunch, followed by an optional outing.

  • 6 pm hors d'oeuvres, followed by a three-course, locally-sourced meal at 6:30 pm.

  • We’ll get acquainted during dinner and explain the following day’s activities.


First full day at Camp Denali

  • Breakfast at 7:30 am with an overview of the outings while you dine.

  • Hikes depart at 9:30 am with packed lunches.

    • The Foray Hike explores the alpine area of the park, offering expansive mountain scenery, braided rivers, and opportunities for wildlife. Returns 4-5 pm.

    • The Moderate and Strenuous Hikes provide an introduction to local habitats — boreal forests, tundra, and alpine ridges. Returns 3-4 pm.

  • Dinner at 6:30 pm.

  • Evening program at 8:30 pm.


Days 2-3, exploring Denali in-depth

  • Breakfast at 7:30 am with an overview of the outings while you dine.

    • The Foray Hike will remain locally, taking in Wonder Lake, Kantishna Hills, and Camp Denali’s greenhouse. Returns 2-3 pm.

    • The Moderate and Strenuous Hikes will go beyond Wonder Lake into the alpine– with grand vistas and possible stream crossings. Returns 6 pm.

    • Choose an independent activity– biking along the Park Road, fishing in Moose Creek, or canoeing on Wonder Lake.

    • If staying for a third full day, all outings will take in periglacial landscapes, including kettle ponds, glacial rivers, and moraines between Wonder Lake and Thorofare Pass.

  • Begin packing after returning from your hike.

  • Dinner at 6:30 pm.

  • Evening program at 8:30 pm


Departure day and return flight

  • Vacate your cabin to enjoy breakfast at 7:30 am.

  • Before departure flights, there will be opportunities for staff-led tours of the solar infrastructure and a behind-the-scenes look at Camp’s operations.

  • Fly back to the entrance on a more direct flight—over terrain where Dall Sheep are often spotted. Arrival late morning or afternoon.

  • If staying for seven days, a Naturalist Guide will offer a custom guided outing, returning mid-afternoon.

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