Home to Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, Denali National Park in Alaska covers almost 9,500 square miles of wilderness. Moose, elk and grizzly bears populate the area, which treats park visitors to sightings. From camping to civilized comforts, the Denali area provides a wide range of accommodations within minutes of the park.
Denali National Park’s spectacular scenery inspires visitors.
Campgrounds in the Park
Denali National Park (nps.gov) offers camping in its six established campgrounds of varying size. Some accommodate RVs, cars and tents, others only tents. None have electricity or RV water hookups. Potable water is available at most but not all, and some have shower, toilet and laundry facilities. Stays are limited to 14 days. Reservations can be made online or by mail or telephone. Backcountry camping is available by permit only.
Located 27 miles from the Denali Visitor Center — just outside the park’s western boundary in Cantwell, Alaska — the Backwoods Lodge (backwoodslodge.com) offers motel-style accommodations and cabins with views of Denali. Standard amenities include private bathrooms, satellite television, telephone, microwave and mini-fridge. Complimentary beverages and snacks are available from the front desk. Large wildlife frequent the hotel’s grounds, giving guests a taste of nature right at their front door.
Denali Crow’s Nest
Set one mile north of the park’s entrance on Sugarloaf Mountain, the 39 cabins of Denali Crow’s Nest (denalicrowsnest.com) offer solitude with panoramic views within walking distance of the National Park Service bus station and many trailheads. Cabins come equipped with satellite television, one or two beds and a private bathroom with shower. Guests have access to an outdoor hot tub overlooking the park. A full-service bar and restaurant is on the property, serving a varied of dishes including native Alaskan salmon, hamburgers and pasta.
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