We just returned from a too short stay in Alaska. Camp Denali has long been one of those "bucket list" sorts of places for me and it was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. They have been hosting people here for 50 years and they have it down to a science. The food was wonderful - the reindeer ravioli was one of the best things I've ever eaten and they grow their own greens so a salad is just an hour or so out of the green house. The guides were outstanding. This is the kind of place where even the guy washing the dishes has a degree in an environmental science. Of course, the guy washing the dishes may, tomorrow, be washing a bus and leading a tour. In fact the owner of the lodge drove the bus out on our last day. You are not coddled here. One has to be fairly self reliant to stay where there are out houses down a steep hill behind your cabin, the walk to the showers and the main lodge are up another steep hill and to be fit enough to take advantage of the walks. However, they bend over backwards to make sure you have a wonderful time. We were blessed to have Shelton Johnson as our invited speaker. He was funny, warm and passionate about getting diversity of people into the National Parks. Would I go back? In a heartbeat. But first I have to save up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Camp Denali, with sweeping views of Mt. McKinley, is located deep inside Denali National Park. Offering active learning vacations since 1952. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Camp Denali Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve
- Camp Denali Alaska/Denali National Park And Preserve