We booked our stay at the North Face Lodge over a year in advance. This was a much anticipated trip! The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the food is excellent. There are guided hikes every day. The staff is very impressive - they do all of the jobs around the lodge and are very knowledgeable about the ecology of the area.
Unfortunately it was cloudy the entire three days we were in the park so we didn't get so much as a glimpse of the mountain. But the bright side of the cloudy, cool weather is that it was very comfortable hiking - we could cover up to avoid the bugs!
We will definitely come back some day, maybe later in the summer season when the fall colors are coming out. It is very expensive, but I wouldn't want to take the time and expense to come to Denali and then stay near the entrance and ride the bus in for just a day. Save up and plan ahead ... it's worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located near the end of the unpaved, mountainous 90-mile road into Denali National Park, North Face Lodge is one of only two in-park lodgings in view of Mt. McKinley. It specializes in learning adventures for active travelers, featuring naturalist-led hikes and field trips for visitors who wish to explore Denali in-depth. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- North Face Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve