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is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

Westminster, CA
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is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

hi

my husband and daughter are coming up from CA.

arriving fri. 5/9.

she is working in talkeetna.

before he leaves for home, i think they should stay near park entrance...

seems like most lodging is full....

any suggestions?

i think they can stay at her (employment) lodge for a night or two...(still checking on that)

also, trains arent quite running yet...

he can take train to anchorage to fly out on 5/15 thurs., train departs at 5 pm ONLY.

any other suggestions?

a bus? she could also drive him, but then its more driving...ugh...

thanks,

~M

Healy, Alaska
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1. Re: is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

Lodging is not full in early May - it isn't open then, so that is why it shows as full.

Your only option is staying in Healy, a year round community just 11 miles north of Denali Park.

Are they coming down from Fairbanks to go to Denali Park? Or up from Talkeenta?

Buses aren't operating in the park that early, but they can probably drive some ways into the park, depending on current weather conditions.

In Healy, they can stay at Motel Nordhaven, Totem Inn or Denali Dome Home, a year round B&B - possibly Denali Lakeview Inn maybe open as well - I am not 100% sure.

www.denalichamber.com lists the lodgings for the local area. :)

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2. Re: is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

They'll need a vehicle to make this happen. The train will not work.

The lodging in Glitter Gulch near the park entrance is will not be open, meaning Healy is your best choice for lodging and you'll need a vehicle to get there. The shuttles are not running at that point, so they'll need a vehicle to enjoy what is open at the park.

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3. Re: is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

I think they will have a car during their time in Denali - the daughter is working for the summer in Talkeetna - and after Dad drops daughter off in Talkeetna, he has to find a way to Anchorage to catch flight home. They have a thread/post doing on the road trip forum I believe concerning this trip. :)

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4. Re: is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

Ah... Got it.

Maybe try some of this:

Got Bus AK travels between Fairbanks and Wasilla. They don't have a website, but their phone number is 907-715-2517.

Then from there you can take Valley Mover to Anchorage: http://valleymover.org/

And then People Mover route 7A out to the airport.

Not simple... But maybe it'll work.

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5. Re: is Lodging full for Early May? where2stay near entrance?

hi guys thanks for the info.

Mainly needed to know WHERE to stay and if HEALY was ok.

so thanks for that.

I believe our commute back to anchorage would basically be from Talkeetna so I was just wondering the best way to there...

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