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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

From the moment you arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Denali State Park, you know you're somewhere special. Located south of the National Park near the Chulitna River, Mt. McKinley Lodge is a true wilderness retreat with a host of recreational activities, exceptional amenities, and awesome views of Mt. McKinley.

Plan a day trip into Talkeenta on our daily shuttle service for only $10 roundtrip or relax on the deck at the lodge after a walk on one of our many hiking trails. Our premiere wilderness lodge has it all!

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Relax in Style

This comfy Alaska lodge invites the ultimate relaxation experience. Each of the guest rooms is nestled peacefully on a hillside in this wilderness getaway. Relax in comfort and style in rooms with two double beds, lofty, nine-foot ceilings with fans, a sitting area, a television and telephones.

Unmatched Views

Mt. McKinley Lodge features a room so spectacular we've named it "The Great Room." An irresistible haven with an impressive stone fireplace, The Great Room features cozy sitting areas, tables for card and board games, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range.

The Great Room offers one of the most inspirational views of the mountain found anywhere. Your Alaska lodge experience isn't complete until you've gazed on this scenic expanse!

Outdoor Adventures

Experience the serene surroundings from the comfort of your wilderness lodge or venture outdoors to explore. To assist you, Mt. McKinley Lodge has a Tour Desk staffed with Princess Hosts who are available to help you get an insider's look at this special part of Alaska.

A variety of exciting Mt. McKinley tours and outdoor adventures await you including fishing tours, river rafting, a jetboat safari, and even a thrilling flight that takes you to the base of Mt. McKinley.

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Signature Alaskan Cuisine

Anytime you visit a Princess Alaska Lodge, you're sure to sample outstanding cuisine in remarkable settings. The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge carries on that tradition with a dining experience for every taste. Enjoy delicious cuisine and panoramic views in the Mountain View Restaurant or 20,320 Alaskan Grill named for the height of Mt. McKinley. Or, choose appetizers and your favorite refreshment in the Grizzly Bar or while relaxing on the outdoor deck.

Princess Rail Tours

Princess Rail Tours combine the thrill of traveling aboard luxurious railcars with one or more nights at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Sit back and relax as you journey through Alaska's scenic wilderness on your way to the lodge where you'll enjoy incredible Mt. McKinley views. Riding the rails allows you to relax and truly see the Great Land while we take care of the logistics.

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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Activities

Located above the Chulitna River, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is surrounded by majestic Denali National Park.

The lodge boasts incredible views of Mt. McKinley, called Denali - “The Great One” - in the Athabascan language

Lodge-based Mt. McKinley activities abound. Guests can enjoy nature hikes, rafting, and wagon rides. A few minutes away are opportunities for flightseeing, horseback riding, or river rafting. Ride a motorcoach to the town of Talkeetna, which means the “meeting of three rivers.” Princess guests arrive or depart from the Talkeetna Depot via the Mt. McKinley Express. Talkeetna was an important trading community in the early pioneer days. Natives, trappers, and merchants used the rivers for transportation by boat in the summer and dog sleds in the winter.

Today, Talkeetna is the base camp for climbers testing their skills against Mt. Mckinley, and it is also the jumping off point for many of our excursions. Learn More About: Alaska Land Excursions - Sightseeing Tours

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From the moment you arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge you know you're somewhere special. The Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge sits on the banks of the Chulitna River, in Denali State Park, on the south side of Mt. McKinley.




Mt. McKinley Princess

Wilderness Lodge

The natives named it Denali, “The Great One.” And
living up to its name, there’s truly no place else
like it on earth. Alaska’s Denali National Park
spans six million acres of forests, tundra, glaciers
and mountains — more land than the state of
Massachusetts. Yet only 90 miles of main road
traverses the park, leaving the moose, caribou,
sheep and bears free to roam a wondrous
expanse untouched by man.
And there, towering above it all, is majestic
Mt. McKinley, the highest point in all of North
America. At 20,320 feet, its summit beckons
more than 1,000 climbers each year who brave
the elements for the chance to scale its imposing
face. Princess guests also enjoy equally dazzling
views of this magnificent peak — from the
comfort of our luxurious Mt. McKinley Princess
Wilderness Lodge.® It’s the ultimate Alaska

Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge

Mile Post 133 Parks Hwy
Denali State National Park, AK

Phone: 907-733-2900

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Activities & Adventures Tours

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McKinley Discovery Tour – Explore the southern face of Mt. McKinley with a magnificent flightseeing tour. After your flight departs Talkeetna, it's off to soaring over Denali National Park, glaciers, and the Great Gorge as your pilot describes the natural wonders of Alaska.

Glacier Landing Explorer –Experience Alaska's wilderness with a narrated flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range and the magnificent Mt. McKinley. After flying across the granite cliffs of North America's highest mountain, land on the gentle slopes of Ruth Glacier and leave your footprints in the snow before heading back to Talkeetna.

Summit Flight– Feel the excitement only a few mountaineers have experienced. Explore the granite walls and winding glaciers in Denali National Park, and climb 20,000 feet aboard a multi-engine aircraft to witness the highest peak in North America.

Chulitna River Rafting – Your rafting adventure begins on the Chulitna River and takes you through 19 miles of untouched wilderness and ends in Talkeetna. As you journey down the river, be sure to have your camera ready for stunning views of Mt. McKinley, eagles, bears, and moose.

Wilderness Jetboat Adventure – This scenic tour aboard the Talkeetna Queen gives you the opportunity to experience wildlife, folklore, and historical artifacts with panoramic views of Mt. McKinley. Stop at a wilderness site and visit an authentic trapper's cabin with original furnishings and view how trappers lived in Alaska at the turn of the century.

Three Rivers Tour – Enjoy a three-hour tour aboard the fully-enclosed McKinley Queen jet boat and cruise along three rivers that offer panoramic views of Mt. McKinley and breathtaking flora and fauna. Stop for a leisurely stroll through history with a visit to a frontier cabin and Native Alaskan encampment.

Devil's Canyon Adventure – Embark on an incredible 130-mile roundtrip tour down the Susitna River through Denali State Park and into the National Wild River Park of Devil's Gorge. View nesting eagles, beaver activity, moose and salmon and visit an historic cabin and recreated Native Indian village. Lunch is provided.

Talkeetna River Float – Enjoy a two-hour, six to eight mile float trip down the Talkeetna River through bear, moose and beaver territories, near salmon streams, active eagle nests and an old miner's cabin. Your expert guide will take care of the rowing, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride.

Horse Drawn Wagon Ride – Discover Alaska by horse-drawn covered wagon. The two-hour tour offers exceptional views of Mt. McKinley, the surrounding peaks and glaciers. Later, stop for a campfire, roast some S'more and learn about the area's geology, history, and pan for gold.

McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride – Saddle up for a guided horseback tour through the Alaskan Wilderness. Our experienced horse wranglers will guide you through mountain trails, in the Denali State Park while taking in a panoramic view of Mt. McKinley.

Black Bear ATV Adventure – Hop aboard an ATV for an exhilarating two-hour expedition into the Alaskan Wilderness. As you explore the breathtaking surroundings, you'll learn about the wildlife and vegetation that dwell here and how each survives the winter.

Byers Lake Paddle Trip – Come see the beauty of Byers Lake as you glide through tranquil waters on single or tandem Sit-On-Top kayaks. Start your tour with brief and easy paddle instruction then embark on one of the most beautiful experiences in Alaska. Take pictures of the breath-taking views of Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range. Watch for resident trumpeter swans, loons and beavers. Paddle over pools of spawning salmon and look for the bears and eagles that come to feed on them.

Byers Lake Nature Walk – Take an easy stroll around tranquil Byers Lake tucked inside Denali State Park. Located 14 miles outside of Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, this popular trail offers some of the most majestic views of Mt. McKinley. Keep a lookout for swans, beavers, bears and a variety of native plants.

Denali Wilderness Hike – Explore Alaska's spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide. Hike through lush vegetation along forested trails while your guide tells you about the local history and wildlife of the area. Denali State Park is famous for its trails, wildlife, and stunning views of nearby Mt. McKinley. Weather permitting, climb 1200 feet from lush forest to tree line for panoramic views of Alaska Range peaks and glaciers.

Talkeetna Zip Line Adventure – Take an exciting zip lining adventure and experience the breathtaking natural scenery of Talkeetna. The panoramic views of the Alaska Range and Denali National Park as you zip down from a tree-top platform is unbeatable!

Ultimate Denali Hike & Flight – Travel by seaplane into the remote wilderness of Denali National Park and hike into the backcountry with experienced guides. This exclusive trip will land you at a lake in Denali National Park. You will travel into the mountains on our exclusive guided day hike. This trip will give you the sense of the true wilderness in Denali National Park's 6 milliion acres. Flightsee the Great Gorge and Ruth Glacier
Special Interests
Alaska Sportfishing – Experience Alaska sportfishing at its finest aboard a specialized jet boat or raft. All the top of the line fishing gear has been provided and the crew will show you the choicest spots for salmon and trout. Your trip may include an appearance by a bear, bald eagle or moose.

Sun Dog Kennels – Visit Sun Dog Kennel, home of World Champion sprint musher Kathleen Holden and Iditarod musher Jerry Sousa, and their dogs. Learn why these dogs are so eager to run in the grueling Iditarod and later, go for a dog sled ride through the woods.

Trapper Creek Homestead– Meet the modern pioneer family featured in the Princess Cruise video, ''Heart Of Alaska'' for a tour of their authentic homestead, garden and livestock area and hear their stories of how they lived on the land for four decades trapping, mining for gold, farming, hunting, and home schooling their children.

South Denali Experience – Explore Mt. McKinley's quiet side on a relaxing scenic tour of Denali State Park. See the lodge's spectacular wilderness surroundings including beautiful Byers Lake and the Alaska Veterans Memorial. Marvel at the challenges climbers face at a panoramic Mt. McKinley viewpoint. Visit the Alaska Nature Guides River House for an ancient fire demonstration. Sample some wild Alaska delicacies as you relax in a cozy den. Get to know South Denali's lush flora, abundant wildlife, massive glaciers, and towering peaks. Come see our side of the mountain!"







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Tours can be booked directly with Princess Lodges or through Princess Cruises, online or contact their shore and land excursions desk.

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Kenai Princess Alaska Hotel

Kenai Princess

Top-notch salmon is only steps away from this well-appointed Alaska lodge.

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Explore Cooper Landing

Lake Clark Bear Camp

Kenai Nature Hike

Gold Panning With Prospector John

Cooper Landing Trail Ride

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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise

Kenai River Scenic Float

Kenai Canyon River Rafting

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Denali Princess Alaska Hotel

Denali Princess

This gorgeous Alaska lodge is the perfect starting point for your wilderness adventure.

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Tundra Wilderness Tour

Kantishna Experience

Teklanika Tour

Natural History Tour

Wilderness Living & Dog Cart Ride

Denali Excursion by Helicopter

Music of Denali Dinner Theatre

Husky Homestead

Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari

Covered Wagon Adventure with Backcountry Dining

Black Diamond ATV Adventure

Black Diamond Treasure Hunt

Denali Jet Boat Safari

Discover Denali Flightseeing

Nenana Gorge Whitewater

Nenana Wilderness Run

Summit McKinley Flight Tour

McKinley Glacier Landing by Plane

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Fairbanks Princess

Conveniently located on the Chena River's edge in the interior of Alaska.

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Midnight Sun Dinner & Float trip

Chena Hot Springs & Ice Museum

Salmon Bake and Palace Theatre

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Mt. McKinley Princess Alaska Hotel

Mt. McKinley Princess

Picture-perfect wilderness retreat just south of Alaska's Denali National Park.

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Alaska Sportfishing

Summit Flight

Alaska Survival Tour

Three Rivers Tour

McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride

Horse-drawn Wagon Ride

Trapper Creek Homestead Tour

Black Bear ATV Adventure

Byers Lake Nature Walk

Denali Wilderness Hike

Backcountry Wilderness Adventure

Byers Lake Paddle Trip

Devils Canyon Adventure

Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure

Chulitna River Rafting

Talkeetna River Float Trip

McKinley Discovery Tour

Glacier Landing Explorer Tour

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Copper River Princess Alaska Hotel

Copper River Princess

A wall of windows boasts grand views of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

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Historic Flight Adventure

Sled Dog Demonstration & Ride

Salmon Fishing by Raft

Jet Boat Salmon Fishing

Copper Country Discovery Tour

Worthington Glacier Hike

Valdez Coastal Kayak Adventure

Scenic Wilderness Rafting

Backcountry Whitewater Rafting

Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise

Wrangell-St. Elias Air Panorama

Klutina Whitewater Jetboat Adventure

Copper River Scenic Jet Boat tour


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