allows you to step off your cruise
ship in Whittier onto your unique
Princess rail service and arrive at
your Princess wilderness lodge that
same afternoon. Or, on southbound
itineraries, leave the Denali area
and enjoy a direct link to your
awaiting cruise ship in Whittier.
Because fewer transfers and less
time waiting makes for a more
relaxing and hassle-free trip.
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 )
On Your Own options have no scheduled activities so you can
customize how you want to spend your free time. 3 days on land from
just $299 more than a 7-day cruise!* With no sightseeing activities
included, you’ll have the flexibility to create your own adventure
with optional land excursions.
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.
Everything You Need To Know About The
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
Located just one mile from the Denali National Park
entrance, this lodge is your home base for exploration. It
features vaulted ceilings, exposed timbers, 30-foot high
glass windows and an expansive deck that overlooks Denali
National Park and the Nenana River. You'll also find
fabulous fine and casual dining options, peaceful nature
trails, comfortable accommodations and unbelievable views at
Your Alaska cruisetour will include an official
Denali National Park Tour, operated solely by the
National Park Service and the only way to venture deep into
the park. Princess offers you four different tour options,
ranging in legnth and depth, so you can customize your time
in this wilderness treasure.
Princess also offers an array of
optional land excursions, allowing you to experience the
Denali area in every way imaginable, from river rafting and
wildlife viewing to flightseeing, fishing and more. We even
provide complimentary shuttle service between the lodge and
the Denali National Park Visitors Center.
To explore Denali National
Park’s six million unspoiled acres is to enjoy
one of the world’s greatest
remaining natural places. And our Denali
Princess Wilderness Lodge® places you in the
midst of it
all. One mile from the entrance to the park,
this Princess outpost is the perfect base for
the wilderness. You’ll even enjoy strolling the
large expansive grounds of the lodge campus,
incredible views of the park and Nenana River
ensure that your amazing Alaska escape is
• Viewing Terraces
the Nenana River
• Wireless internet access
• Music of Denali Dinner
• Outfitter Tour Desk
• Guest Laundry
• Free Scheduled Shuttle to
Denali Natl. Park Visitors
Center & Rail Depot
• Restaurants and lounge
The Denali Princess
Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located near
the entrance to the Denali National Park, on
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 car and is
also accessible by rail.
DENALI PRINCESS WILDERNESS LODGE
Mile Post 238.5 parks Hwy, P.O. Box 110
Denali National Park, AK 99755
Tel 907.683.2282 Fax 907.683.2545
Learn about: Denali
National Park tours » or Optional land
Alaska Wilderness Amenities
Your comfortable room is appointed with two
double beds or one king bed, television and
telephone. Relax by the rustic stone fireplace
at the cozy Main Lodge, browse the gift shops
and meet the friendly Princess experts at the
Enjoy spirits, appetizers and
casual fare at the Base Camp Bistro. For wild
Alaskan seafood and panoramic views, try the
King Salmon Restaurant. Opt for mouth-watering
pizza at Lynx Creek or lively dinner theatre,
featuring a hearty Alaskan meal and a musical
Alaska Land Excursions
From our Denali lodge,
you’ll have opportunities for wildlife
viewing, river rafting, jet boat safaris,
flightseeing and hiking. There’s even golf,
the Music of Denali Dinner Theatre and much
Click below to view excursions that
interest you most.
Nature Hikes & Scenic Tours
Adventure Walking Tour – Enjoy a three-hour walk
through the Alaska landscape with a naturalist to
help you learn about the flora and fauna of the
region. You will walk through boreal forest to
taiga, the evergreen forest and reach alpine terrain
depending on the ability of the group.
Helicopter & Flightseeing Tours
Denali Glacier Landing By Helicopter –
Discover first-hand how glaciers continue to shape
the great land as you soar over Denali National
Park. Then land on massive Yanert Glacier and view
the ice falls, bridges and glacial streams. Continue
on to Mt. Deborah, at 12,339 feet, while watching
for wildlife along the way.
Discover Denali Flightseeing – This tour
offers views of glaciers of the rugged Alaska Range
and the wonders of Denali National Park, including
circling Mt. McKinley. This tour features
professional narration, headsets and window seats
for all passengers.
McKinley Glacier Landing by Plane – Stand
on a glacier high on the flanks of 20,320-foot Mt.
McKinley. Your plane will land squarely in the
middle of Mt. McKinley and you’ll have time to hike
over a glacier before your return flight.
Summit McKinley Flight Tour – Fly above
North America’s highest peak, at 20,320 ft, in the
comfort of a twin-engine aircraft. You’ll also enjoy
fantastic views of the north and south faces of Mt.
McKinley as well as glaciers and gorges with a
narrator offering insights along the way.
Rafting, Fishing & Boating
Denali Fly Fishing for Arctic Grayling –
Beginners and expert anglers will enjoy a chance to
catch a native Arctic Grayling on a small stream
near Denali. Learn the basics of fly casting, roll
casting and proper catch and release techniques. All
fishing gear and instruction is provided.
Jet Boat Safari – Enjoy a fun-filled
adventure into the Alaska Bush with chances to view
wildlife along the way. Head miles along the Nenana
River and meet the people who call this land of
extremes home. Pan for gold and enjoy a hearty snack
at a remote camp deep in the wilderness.
Nenana Gorge Whitewater – Brace yourself
for an 11-mile whitewater adventure through the
Nenana River Gorge. Experienced guides will row you
through a dozen major rapids. No paddling necessary;
all you have to do is hang on!
Nenana River Scenic Wilderness Run – This
scenic voyage traverses the upper Nenana River on
the eastern border of Denali National Park. You’ll
enjoy sweeping views of the Alaska Range and the
region is prime habitat for moose, Dall sheep,
caribou and bear.
ATV Adventure – Join your guide as you
drive your own ATV on an adventure that takes you
through old coal mine trails and into river beds
where Athabascan Indian artifacts have been found.
Black Diamond Treasure Hunt – Travel as a
group into the wilds of Alaska in a Polaris ATV with
your own private guide. You’ll use maps and GPS to
navigate the remote trails as you follow clues that
lead you to a rustic pavilion where a camp-style
meal is served. Wildlife viewing abound as you
travel through their natural habitat.
Denali Jeep Adventure – Take a thrilling
ride in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler on a backcountry
excursion along the historic Stampede Road. This
historic trail was carved out by the miners who
worked in the Kantishna gold fields.
Alaskan Culture & Heritage
Covered Wagon Adventure With a Backcountry
Dining – Travel like the original pioneers did –
by horse-drawn wagon – on a relaxing journey through
the Alaska tundra with a guide entertaining you with
stories of the area’s rich history and folklore, and
come hungry for an authentic frontier meal.
Husky Homestead Tour – Visit the home of
champion Iditarod musher Jeff King and experience
the warmth of a husky homestead. Learn about the
fascinating sport of sled dog racing.
Music of Denali Dinner Theatre – Discover
the legend of the first expedition to the summit of
Mt. McKinley in a rollicking musical comedy that
will have you singing along with the cast right up
to the finale.
Tundra Mountain Golfing – Enjoy a golfing
excursion in the panoramic region of the northern
edge of Denali National Park. Watch for wildlife on
this rugged 9-hole course nestled 11miles in the
Nenana River Canyon.
Princess Wilderness Lodge
This lodge is conveniently
located just one mile from the Parks entrance and is
the perfect starting point to explore a wilderness
of nearly six million acres with awesome Mt.
McKinley as its featured attraction. The Denali
Princess Wilderness Lodge is the premium riverside
accommodation in the area. An expansive deck
overlooks Denali National Park and the Nenana River
- the ideal spot to relax, visit with friends and
savor the exquisite landscape, conveniently located
along the George Parks Highway at Mile 238.5, just
two hours south of Fairbanks or four and half hours
north from Anchorage by automobile. With Princess
you also have the option of traveling aboard our
private Princess Rail Service Ultra Dome rail cars.
Simply board the train in Anchorage or Fairbanks and
experience the most carefree way to travel to Denali
National Park. In the local Athabascan language,
Denali means "The Great One". For more information
please visit princesslodges.com.
The name of the rail car is
the "Midnight Sun Express".
Each of the guestrooms is
comfortably appointed with two queen beds or one
king bed and a television and telephone. Passengers
can choose from standard, riverfront, deluxe or
suite accommodations. Outdoor hot tubs afford
commanding views of the Park and Nenana River.
Dining is always a treat at
Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Guests may enjoy
spirits, appetizers and casual fare on the river
view deck or inside at the Base Camp Bistro and
Lounge. Lynx Creek Pizza and Pub offers spirits,
informal dine-in and take out selections while the
River Run Deli and Expresso offers snacks,
sandwiches, coffee drinks and espresso beverages.
The Rapids Morning Express allows guests to on the
go to enjoy a morning coffee and fresh baked goods
in addition to margaritas, chips and salsa as well
as wine is available. There is also a Sourdough
Breakfast Buffet which offers an all you can eat
buffet breakfast featuring our Alaska sourdough
pancakes, reindeer sausage, biscuts with Alaskan
fireweed honey and more. The King Salmon Restaurant
offers sophisticated cuisine and panoramic views.
Wilderness Lodge -
Wilderness Lodge -
Dining and Lounge
Dining is always a pleasure at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. Sample a variety of menus, everything from our Signature Alaska Cuisine to your favorite treat.
King Salmon Restaurant
Our signature restaurant located on the banks of the Nenana River, King Salmon is the only restaurant where you can enjoy several different types of Fresh Alaskan Salmon using a variety of cooking techniques. Other favorites include Fresh Alaskan King Crab, Alaskan Halibut and slow roasted Prime Rib. Well appointed yet casual, this exceptional restaurant offers views of Denali National Park through panoramic vaulted windows.
Breakfast: 6 am - 10:30 am
Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
Base Camp Bistro and Lounge
Relax and enjoy the view from the expansive outdoor deck or inside the Bistro. Fresh roasted Alaskan Silverhook coffee and breakfast pastries can be enjoyed while reading the morning paper. This midscale restaurant menu features burgers, Alaskan fish and chips, soups, sandwiches and hand tossed specialty salads.
2:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Restaurant hours vary based on day of the week.
Music of Denali Dinner Theater
Add a little humor and history to your Denali visit as you learn about Mt. McKinley. The Music of Denali Dinner Theatre is served family style and brought to you, with flair, by one of the actors in the evening's performance.
6pm and 8:30 pm
Denali Sourdough Breakfast Expedition
Our all-you-can-eat buffet including our blueberry sourdough pancakes, scrambled eggs, country fried potatoes, bacon, reindeer sausage, biscuits, fireweed honey, orange juice and coffee. Served immediately upon your arrival, this breakfast option is designed for early morning Tour Departures. While fueling up, experience Climb Denali with Laurent Dick, an experienced mountain climber who tells his tale of climbing "the Great One".
5am-8am in the Music of Denali Theater
Adults $14 Children $7.95
Lynx Creek Pizza & Pub
Enjoy a beer and a slice of pizza in the setting of an Alaskan Log Cabin. Other favorites include specialty pizzas, calzones, salads and sandwiches. Delivery is available to your room from 5 pm til closing.
Pizza Parlor - 11am - 11pm
Pub open till 2pm
Restaurant hours vary based on day of the week.
River Run Espresso Find quick service items including pastries, espresso and featuring Alaskan Homemade Hot Licks ice cream and more on the lower level of the Main Lodge building.
When staying at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge, be sure to visit our fitness facility. Our gym is fully equipped with treadmills, recumbent and upright bicycles, and a Universal weight station. After your workout be sure to relax in the spa, which features hair and nail care, massage and tanning facilities.
Viewing terraces overlooking the Nenana River & Denali National Park
Outfitter Tour Desk
Free shuttle to Visitor's Center
Free Wireless Internet Access in common areas
Promenade shopping & Gift Shop
Outdoor Hot Tubs
Music of Denali Dinner Theater
Many of the Optional
Land Excursions are
children. Please refer
to the Alaska Optional
Land Excursions brochure
or for age requirements.
The lodge also offers
on-site activities that
are great for children.
Shuttle to Dog
Music of Denali
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Possessing half of the
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Did You Know:
Grizzly bears have been a threatened species
since 1975 in the Lower 48 states? Alaska
however has over 32,000 grizzlies. Considering
Alaska's population is only 670,000, that's 1
bear for every 21 people. Alaska is home to
magnificent glaciers, giant halibut, hardy
outdoorsmen.... and lots of moose. Alaska has 39
mountain ranges. Did you know? The larger ranges
include: Alaska Range, which includes 20,320
foot Mt. McKinley, the continent's tallest peak
, Aleutian Range, a volcano-ridden range on the
Alaska Peninsula, Brooks Range, which is above
the Arctic Circle; the Continental Divide runs
through it and Boundary Ranges, along the
Canadian border of the Inside Passage.
Our trip was excellent. The room, with the
upgrades, was amazing! We saw many eagles (bald
and golden), one bear, many whales, including
one breach, seals, one bear, one wolf, moose and
carribou, and many smaller animals.. If we
travelled during salmon run, we probably would
have seen more bear and eagles. The scenery is
to die for, the vistas spectacular. The ship was
great; service, food, etc were all great. Thanks
for everything. "
Seidler - Island Princess
Ask an Alaska visitor about his or her trip and
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encounters with Alaska's wildlife. And who can
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caribou, bald eagles, whales and dozens of other
wild species can be a trip's best (and most
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Alaska by sea, there's the opportunity to spot
the breathtaking breach of a humpback whale or
soaring seabirds such as puffins, terns, gulls,
eiders and many others.
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