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.
Need To Know About The Mt. McKinley
Princess Wilderness Lodge.
Bordering the south side of Denali National Park near the
Chulitna River, the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge®
is a splendid wilderness retreat, with cozy places to unwind
with friends, nature trails, gift shops and authentic dining
venues like 20,320 Alaskan Grill, named for the elevation of
Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest peak.
The lodge’s spacious Great Room and outside wood deck
provide the perfect setting to unwind and look out on
majestic Mt. McKinley. And there are a variety of ways to
explore the inviting wilderness up close on
optional land excursions,
like flightseeing, river rafting and fishing.
From the moment you arrive at Mt. McKinley Princess
Wilderness Lodge, you know you're somewhere special.
Alaska Wilderness Amenities
You accommodations include a
comfortable guest room with lofty, nine-foot
ceilings with fans and a sitting area to relax.
The Great Room truly lives up to its name with
an impressive stone fireplace, cozy sofas and
chairs, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows to
soak in the dramatic scenery.
Anytime you travel with Princess Cruises,
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
sophisticated cuisine and panoramic views in the
Mountain View Restaurant or casual fare in the
Grizzly Lounge. Try the Twenty-320 Alaskan
Grill, named after the elevation of Mt McKinley,
for a casual atmosphere.
Alaska Land Excursions
At our Mt. McKinley lodge,
it’s all about the mountain. You can soar
over this towering peak on a flightseeing
tour and even land on a glacier. Or explore
Denali by horseback, ATV, boat, helicopter
or by foot.
Bordering the south
side of Denali Park near the picturesque
Chulitna River, the Mt. McKinley
Princess Wilderness Lodge® is a true
wilderness retreat with a host of
recreational activities, exceptional
amenities and awesome views of Mt. McKinley.
In the main lodge, the Great Room is an
irresistible haven with an impressive stone
fireplace, cozy sitting areas, tables for
card and board games, and floor-toceiling
windows that look out on Mt. McKinley and
the Alaska Range.
The Great Room
to ceiling windows facing
• Stone wood-burning fireplace
• Expansive outdoor deck with
views of the Alaska range
• Wireless Internet access
• Espresso Bar
• Walking Trails
• Shuttle service to Talkeetna
• Coin-operated laundry
• Park Ranger programs
• Outfitter Tour Desk
• Restaurants and lounge
The lodge is just
two and a half hours north of Anchorage, or
four hours south of Fairbanks. Access the
lodge at milepost 133 on the George Parks
Highway. Turn east on Mt. McKinley View
Drive and head up the hill to the lodge
MT. McKINLEY PRINCESS WILDERNESS LODGE
Mile Post 133 Parks
Denali State Park, AK 99683
Tel 907.733.2900 Fax 907.733.2922
Check below to view
excursions that interest you most.
Nature Hikes & Scenic Tours
Byers Lake Nature Walk – Experience
Alaska’s incredible beauty on a two-mile nature walk
in Denali State Park, with magnificent views of
Byers Lake and perhaps even Mt. McKinley. Learn
about the flora and fauna from an expert naturalist
and explore the historic log cabin of a wilderness
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
McKinley Wilderness Trail Ride – Enjoy a
guided horseback ride through the Alaska wilderness
on mountain trails as a guide directs you to
majestic views of Mt. McKinley, glaciers and the
surrounding peaks of the Alaska Range.
Helicopter & Flightseeing Tours
Glacier Landing Explorer Tour – Your
amazing flightseeing tour of the Alaska Range is
highlighted by a spectacular landing on the Ruth
Glacier in Sheldon Amphitheater. You’ll be
awe-struck by the views, 5,600 feet above sea level.
McKinley Discovery Tour – Soar to places
you can only imagine. Fly by the south face of Mt.
McKinley, Mt. Foraker and Mt. Hunter before crossing
over the Kahiltna Glacier, the longest glacier in
Denali National Park. Descend into immense Sheldon
Amphitheater through Great Gorge, the deepest gorge
in the world.
Rafting, Fishing & Boating
Alaska Sportfishing – Board a jet boat or
raft and travel to a secluded spot to fish in the
shadow of Mt. McKinley for salmon, trout, grayling
and more. Your guide will offer fishing instruction
and tips and take you to the best fishing holes in
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 breathtaking views
of Denali and the Alaska Mountain Range.
Chulitna River Rafting – This four-hour
rafting adventure floats through 20 miles of
untouched wilderness in search of wildlife. You’ll
float past active eagle nests and through the
habitat of bear, moose, wolf and beaver with Mt.
McKinley and the Alaska Range in view.
Devil’s Canyon Adventure – This tour takes
you 130 miles into the National Wild River Park of
“Devil’s Gorge,” where you’ll experience the
unforgettable thrill of an Alaska river experience
on a fully enclosed vessel. Along the way, you will
visit an authentic trapper’s cabin, learn about
early Alaskan Indians and enjoy lunch on the river.
Talkeetna River Float Trip – Take a
leisurely two-hour float on the Talkeetna River,
gliding though the serene wilderness as your guide
points out bear, moose, beaver and spectacular Mt.
McKinley and the Alaska Range.
Three Rivers Tour – Board the McKinley
Queen Jet boat for a thrilling 60-mile river cruise
on the Talkeetna, Susitna and Chulitna Rivers en
route to Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge.
You’ll enjoy spectacular views of Mt. McKinley,
visit an authentic trapper’s cabin and Native
Wilderness Jet Boat Adventure – Board the
55-passenger Talkeetna Queen and speed 200 miles
into the Alaska wilderness in comfort while looking
for wildlife and spectacular scenery. You’ll also
enjoy a nature hike and a visit to an authentic
trapper cabin to learn how early Alaskans lived in
Black Bear ATV
Adventures – Drive an all-terrain vehicle as you
follow a local guide through the Alaska wilderness,
learning about the plants and wildlife in the area.
Beginners are welcome as operating and safety
instruction is included.
Alaskan Culture & Heritage
Historical Gold Panning Adventure – Visit
the Trapper Creek Museum and learn how to pan for
gold as you travel down the historic corridor of
South Denali. You’ll meet modern-day gold miners and
learn about mining and its storied history.
Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride – Experience the
only horse-drawn covered wagon ride that provides
spectacular views of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska
Range. You learn about the history and geology of
the area at an open-pit bonfire, get a chance to
gold pan and visit with reindeer.
Iditarod Sled Dog Kennel Tour – Discover
everything you’ve always wanted to know about the
grueling Iditarod. Meet musher Bill Hall for an
in-depth look at the sport and see a demonstration
by a team of sled dogs, as well as receive sled dog
Sun Dog Kennels – Learn about the history
of Talkeetna and sled dog racing as you visit the
rustic log home of champion sprint musher Kathleen
Holden and Iditarod musher Gerald Sousa. You’ll
learn about the training program and see a
demonstration by a team of sled dogs.
Trapper Creek Homestead Tour – Visit an
authentic homestead for a glimpse at the lifestyle
of early settlers in untamed Alaska. Take a walking
tour to see the garden and livestock areas and visit
with an original homestead family.
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Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge
Bordering the south side of Denali National Park on the banks of the Chulitna River, this Lodge is the closest to Mt. McKinley. The Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge features a host of outdoor recreational activities and exceptional amenities. The possibilities of capturing a glimpse of wildlife and the chance to behold the majesty of Mt. McKinley make this a true Alaskan adventure.
Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is one of Princess' newest lodges in Alaska and is the only cruise-tour lodge within sight of Mt. McKinley. During a two-night stay you can drink in the glorious sights from the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows, the outdoor deck and the inviting restaurants. In the main lodge there is a room so spectacular that we've named it The Great Room. An irresistible haven with an impressive stone fireplace, cozy sitting areas tables for cards and board games, and enormous floor to ceiling windows that look out upon majestic Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range.
Each of the guestrooms is nestled peacefully throughout this wilderness getaway. Relax in comfort and style in rooms with one king or two queen beds, lofty, 9-foot ceilings with fans, a sitting area, a television and telephone. In addition, each of our suites features a sitting room, bedroom, wet bar and Jacuzzi bath - the perfect choice to make any occasion extra special.
Dining is always a treat at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Guests may enjoy spirits, appetizers and casual fare in the Cub Cafe. on the mountain view deck or inside at Grizzly's Lounge. Grizzly's Lounge offers spirits and appetizers which are also available on the outdoor terrace. The Mountain View Restaurant offers sophisticated cuisine and spectacular views. New for 2004 is Expedition Pizza, the only pizza parlor in the Denali National Park.
The Mt. McKinley
Lodge offers you a
variety of optional
are based in
Talkeetna (where the
Princess rail depot
is located), which
is approximately one
hour from the lodge.
Separate versions of
each of the
tours are offered to
correspond with your
direction of travel.
Black Bear ATV
Dog Kennel Tour
Sun Dog Kennels
Catch & Release
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.
Lodge - Dining and
Anytime you stay
you're sure to
cuisine in a
Lodge continues that
tradition with a
for every taste.
7:00 am -
pm - 10:00
6:30 am -
is a great
"Grizz" is a
than just an
come by for
Stop in for
a quick bite
so you can
get out and
Along with a room so
called it The Great
Room; the main lodge
also features a
dining room, coffee
shop, tour desk and
meeting rooms. A
half mile loop road
surrounds 18 guest
trails in a park
like setting and
guests to enjoy the
Car access and
with Mountain Views
The Great Room
* Shuttle Service to
Talkeetna is $10 per
person for a round
trip ticket (unless
the passengers have
a tour booked
it's included in the
tour ticket price).
The shuttle runs
from Mt McKinley to
Talkeetna every hour
on the hour from 6
am - 5 pm and it
Talkeetna to Mt
McKinley every hour
on the half
hour until 9 pm.
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Possessing half of the
U.S. National Parks, Alaska truly offers some of
Mother Nature’s best work. Stretching across a
staggering 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve is the largest
parcel of land, but its sister parks—Glacier
Bay, Denali, Kenai Fjords, and Gates of the
Arctic—share equally in beauty and natural
Alaska Cruises: Glacier Bay National Park
Set on the state's southeastern coast, this
glacier-rich territory is equally abundant in
snowcaps, fjords and wildlife.
Alaska Cruises: Denali National Park
Breathtaking vistas, spectacular wildlife
viewing opportunities and the venerable Mt.
McKinley, North American’s tallest peak, explain
why this is one of Alaska’s most popular
attractions. And you’ll enjoy it while staying
at our two comfortable Princess wilderness
lodges in the area.
Alaska Cruises: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Spectacular vistas and magnificent mountain
ranges, winding rivers, glaciers and miles upon
miles of forest define Wrangell-St. Elias, the
nation’s largest national park.
Alaska Cruises: Kenai Fjords National Park
Known as “Alaska’s Playground,” the Kenai
Peninsula in south central Alaska is rich with
native flora, fauna and gorgeous ice -sculpted
landscapes and fjords. It’s famous for its great
sports fishing, river-rafting and more.
Alaska Cruises: Gates of the Arctic National
Located north of the Arctic Circle in the Brooks
Range, this wide swath of tundra is unparalleled
in its beauty.
For more information about Alaska's National
Parks visit the National Park Service or Alaska
Strategically located at
Alaska’s legendary national
parks, our wilderness lodges
Alaskan dining experiences,
and the same warm, welcoming
service that you’ve come to
expect on every Princess
Nestled in a
is the perfect
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
you'll likely hear tales about the state's
exotic and awe inspiring wildlife. Chances are,
you'll be regaled with stories and photos of the
encounters with Alaska's wildlife. And who can
blame them? Pictures of Alaska's moose, bears,
caribou, bald eagles, whales and dozens of other
wild species can be a trip's best (and most
memorable) souvenirs. For those who cruise
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.
Learn more about wildlife viewing in Alaska