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Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

You haven't fully experienced Alaska unless you've been to Denali National Park. Its boundaries encompass an amazing six million acres — the size of the state of Massachusetts. Home to Mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak towering an unbelievable 20,320 feet in the sky, the Park hosts an array of wildlife — from moose, caribou, Dall sheep and grizzly bears to gray wolves and red fox. Among Denali lodging, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is the premium riverside accommodation Located only one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park and with an expansive deck overlooking the Park and the Nenana River — Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is the ideal spot to relax, visit with friends, and savor the exquisite landscape.

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The Finest in Denali Lodging

Each of our hotel guest rooms is comfortably appointed with two double beds, two queen beds, or one king bed, television, and telephone — just in case you want to catch up with the outside world. Outdoor hot tubs afford commanding views of the Park and Nenana River while you relax and indulge in a soothing soak. Princess' premier accommodations far outshine average Alaska hotels!

A Variety Of Dining Choices

Dining is always a treat at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy spirits, appetizers and casual fare on the river view deck or inside at the Base Camp Bistro. Try King Salmon Restaurant for delicious, Alaskan cuisine and panoramic views. Or, hang with the locals at Lynx Creek Pizza and Pub and indulge in a huge pizza and pint of our very own Denali Red microbrew.

For those who are on the go, we have Rapids Morning Express and River Run Espresso offering espresso and coffee, cinnamon rolls and a variety of grab and go items. And be sure to experience the Music of Denali — a dinner theatre featuring a hearty Alaskan meal and a rollicking musical comedy that recounts the first ascent of Mt. McKinley. No Denali lodging experience is complete without some authentic cuisine and entertainment.

Wildlife, Adventure, And Much More

Part of the allure of Denali National Park is that you never know what you might see. Princess professionals at the Tour Desk are available to arrange a tour into the Park for a glimpse of its impressive ecosystem -- ask for the Tundra Wilderness Tour or Natural History Tour. Or perhaps you'd like to go river rafting, learn about the sport of sled dog racing from Iditarod® musher Jeff King or take a flight via airplane or helicopter for a unique perspective of this immense wilderness preserve. We also provide shuttle service hourly from 7 am to 7 pm between the lodge and the Denali National Park Visitors Center, the Wilderness Access Center and Horseshoe Lake for $10 roundtrip per person. After a day of adventure, return to your cozy wilderness lodge for some peaceful Alaska sleep.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Princess Alaska Rail Tours

Princess Alaska rail tours combine the thrill of traveling aboard luxurious rail cars with one or more nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, just one mile from the restricted entrance to Denali National Park. Sit back and relax as you journey through Alaska's scenic wilderness on your way to the lodge. Riding the rails allows you to relax and truly see the Great Land, while we take care of the logistics.

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You haven't fully experienced Alaska unless you've been to Denali National Park. Its boundaries encompass an amazing six million acres — the size of the state of Massachusetts. The Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located near the entrance of Denali National Park, on the George Parks Highway, at mile 238.5. The lodge is just two hours south of Fairbanks, or four and a half hours north of Anchorage, by automobile. The lodge may also be accessed by the Alaska Railroad. Free transfers are available from the Denali Train Depot to the lodge.


A highlight of many Alaskan tours, Denali National Park is a must-see for travelers. Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is the perfect base camp for exploring Denali National Park.

The name "Denali" means "The Great One" in the native Athabascan language. At 20,320 feet above sea level, Denali is the highest peak in North America and is surrounded by one of the world's most spectacular wildlife sanctuaries. Denali National Park is home to many types of wildlife including caribou, moose, wolves, Dall sheep, bald eagles, and the mighty grizzly bears.

Leave it to Princess to offer excursions for all types of adventurers. We have Alaskan tours to suit every taste. Enjoy a scenic float down the Nenana River or an exhilarating jetboat safari. Play a round of golf in the midnight sun, or rise above it on a thrilling flightseeing tour. Take a horseback ride, hike in the backcountry, hoot and holler at the Music of Denali Dinner Theatre or visit an Iditarod champion's dog kennel...and hold the puppies! It's all up to you. Let us introduce you to Denali National Park. Up Close! Learn More About:
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Denali Dinner Theater

Music of Denali Dinner Theatre

Shows nightly at 5:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

At the Music of Denali Dinner Theater enjoy a night of rousing laughter, dancing, singing and a look at life in the good ole' days. You'll re-live a bit of history, including the exciting tale of the first men to conquer "The Great One" - Denali.

You'll love the endless portions of smokehouse rib tips, tender wild Alaskan salmon, edamame succotash, mashed red potatoes, alder smoked vinaigrette salad, and homemade apple crisp with fresh whipped cream for dessert. All served family-style and brought to you by the gifted actors in the evening's performance. Coffee and tea are included and cocktails are available for purchase.

Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

Mile 238 5 George Parks Hwy
Denali National Park, AK

Phone: 907-683-2282

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Alaska Land Excursions

From our Denali lodge, you'll have opportunities for Alaska's wildlife viewing, river rafting, jet boat safaris, flightseeing and hiking. There's even golf, the Music of Denali Dinner Theatre and much more. 

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Activities & Adventures

Nenana Gorge Whitewater Rafting – Fly through the rapids of the Nenana River, one of Alaska's most popular whitewater rafting destinations, during this thrilling, action-packed rafting in Denali National Park. Marvel at the splendid scenery, exhilarating whitewater and stellar wildlife sightings as an experienced guide navigates Class III and IV rapids in an oar-powered boat.

Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Run – Prepare for an exhilarating rafting trip along the scenic upper Nenana River. This thrilling excursion carries you through remote wilderness with your experienced guide at the oars. Watch for moose, Dall sheep, caribou and grizzly bears as you glide past rugged mountains and through exhilarating Class I and II rapids.

Denali Glacier Landing by Helicopter – Soar over the Alaska Range for a glacier landing to view icefalls, moraines, ice bridges and glacial pools. This thrilling helicopter tour also offers views of Denali National Park and the chance to glimpse Mt. McKinley and sight bear, moose and Dall sheep. Expert commentary adds insight to your adventure.

Denali Excursion by Helicopter – Over 6 million acres of towering peaks, ancient glaciers, and valleys rich with wildlife are yours to explore on this sky-high, helicopter tour of Denali National Park. Witness Mt. McKinley, North America's highest mountain, Polychrome Mountain and Yanert Glacier on this tour.

Summit McKinley Flight Tour – This is the ultimate flightseeing tour of Mt McKinley! Your multi-engine, oxygen-equipped aircraft will climb to nearly 21,000 feet for a dramatic view of Denali's summit, the surrounding peaks and glaciers, and an amazing view of Denali National Park. Expert narration through interactive headsets enhances every minute of your adventure. .

McKinley Glacier Landing by Airplane – Experience spine-tingling adventure and astounding natural beauty on this tour of Denali's foremost attractions. Fly over the world's deepest gorge, explore the continent's tallest mountain and experience one of Alaska's most memorable thrills on a glacier landing. This flightseeing tour is ideal for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike

Covered Wagon Adventure with Backcountry Dining – See how Denali National Park's dramatic tundra and dazzling mountains appeared to early pioneers by embarking on this amazing covered wagon adventure through the Alaskan wilderness. As horses lead the way, learn about the area's fascinating history and rich terrain then savor a delicious gourmet feast at a rustic pavilion.

Black Diamond ATV Adventure – Awaken your wild side on this exciting ATV tour that puts you in the driver's seat to zip through gorgeous Alaskan backcountry. Soak up magnificent scenery while following rustic Alaskan trails covering Denali National Park's rugged northern tundra, Black Diamond Peak and Dry Creek riverbed, home to Athabascan Indian artifacts.

Denali Jet Boat Safari – Board a jet boat for an exciting ride along Nenana River to a remote wilderness camp in Brushkasna Creek Valley where local woodsmen, trappers, hunters and fishermen share captivating personal stories about surviving Alaska's extreme conditions. Pan for gold, inspect furs and enjoy a hearty snack on this spectacular adventure.

Discover Denali Flightseeing – For many this is the most satisfying way to ''climb'' Mt. McKinley. Step aboard a twin-engine airplane and get swept up in the thrill of experiencing North America's tallest peak. Fly over Denali National Park, trace the Alaska Range, and circle the ''Great One'' for sights few ever see.

Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari – Rev up for a wild ride on this exciting backcountry Jeep excursion along Stampede Road, a historic trail carved out of the wilderness by miners from the Kantishna gold fields. Throughout this rustic adventure, enjoy radio communication with your guide, breathtaking natural scenery and downtime to savor a hearty snack.

Tundra Mountain Golfing – Hit the greens during this spirited expedition to Black Diamond Golf Course, which offers magnificent views of towering mountains, rich terrain and amazing wildlife, including a crafty fox that enjoys stealing balls. Constructed directly on top of Alaskan tundra, this one-of-a-kind lakeside course offers golfers a truly memorable experience.

Alaska Adventure Walking Tour – Delve into the fascinating world of Alaskan flora and fauna as seen through the eyes of an experienced naturalist on this comprehensive walking tour exploring the northern side of the Alaska Range. While enjoying low-impact exercise, learn about the area's many ecosystems and the incredible plants and animals inhabiting them.

Black Diamond Treasure Hunt & Dining – Wild, backcountry adventure abounds on this fun-filled, guided tour via ATV along old coal mining trails to Black Diamond Peak and Dry Creek, site of many fascinating Athabascan Indian artifacts. Follow treasure hunt-style clues to discover hidden mineral samples, mesmerizing views, wildlife and a hearty, mouthwatering meal at the finish.

Stampede Wilderness Adventure – Experience the Denali tundra on the Stampede Wilderness Tour by ATV. Explore the Stampede Road corridor west of Healy at Eight Mile Lake.

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Music of Denali Dinner Theatre – Delight in a wonderful, feel-good musical comedy that hilariously depicts the legend of the first men to reach the summit of Denali, North America’s highest peak. Savor a delicious, family style dinner with Alaskan salmon, smokehouse BBQ, mashed potatoes and apple crisp while enjoying live musical performances before the show at this rollicking roadhouse.

Husky Homestead Tour – Experience the call of the wild during this incredible visit to a renowned husky homestead run by Iditarod Champion Jeff King. Meet the amazingly cuddly pups, watch their explosive energy during a training run and learn what goes into creating a winning team.

Denali Fly-Fishing for Arctic Grayling – Feel at one with nature during this extraordinary fly-fishing expedition to a small stream near Denali to catch Arctic Grayling. Learn the basics of fly-casting, how to match the hatch, landing fish and catch and release techniques while enjoying this tranquil place and the magnificent wilderness views surrounding it.

Wilderness Living Adventure & Dog Cart Ride – Embark on a fun-filled adventure at a riverside camp in Denali National Park. Learn what life is like in this "Far North" wilderness from the people that call this land of extremes home. Also enjoy a snack before taking a dogcart ride driven by an award-winning race dog.

Sightseeing & City Tours

Tundra Wilderness Tour – The Tundra Wilderness Tour is a comprehensive experience that travels deep into Denali National Park. This fully narrated tour provides in-depth information about the history of the park and provides plentiful wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. You'll enjoy incredible scenic vistas such as Polychrome Overlook and Stony Hill Overlook.

Denali Natural History Tour – Experience the rich diversity of Denali National Park from stunning scenery and abundant wildlife to historical sites and interpretive centers on this popular Natural History Tour. Enjoy an award-winning film, a Living History presentation and still have time left after your return for independent exploration or a favorite wilderness activity.

Kantishna Experience – Follow the trail of gold to the historic mining town of Kantishna. You'll visit the restored home of pioneer, Fannie Quigley, and stop at Wonder Lake and the Eielson Visitor Center. This all-day tour with lunch is your best bet for seeing diverse wildlife and dramatic Mt. McKinley views.

Teklanika Tour – Denali National Park beckons you on this wondrous tour. Journey in a bus to mile 30 of the park to Teklanika River Overlook for spectacular views of the park, a narrated history and possible sightings of the park's wildlife inhabitants. A snack and hot beverage are also yours to enjoy.







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Signature Denali Explorer cruisetours include up to four nights at Princess wilderness lodges at Denali. Most tours include exclusive Direct-to-the-Wilderness® rail service and all include the Natural History Tour into Denali National Park. ( Optional Tundra Wilderness Tour Upgrade )

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These deluxe escorted cruisetours represent the highest level of service with a tour director on land and most meals included. They include up to four nights at a combination of both Mt. McKinley and Denali Princess wilderness lodges, with enhanced sightseeing experiences, such as the longer Tundra Wilderness Tour into Denali National Park. Plus, there are options to visit the Kenai Peninsula and Wrangell–St. Elias National Park. 

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