With sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Denali Bluffs Hotel is one of our preferred options in the Denali National Park area. It combines a cosy log-cabin feel with a decent restaurant and cafe, and many rooms have private balconies.
Offering comfortable, rustic cabins and a location convenient to Denali National Park, Earthsong Lodge is a hidden gem for anybody who wants to get away from the tourist trail and have an authentic Alaskan experience. The owner designed and built the log cabins, giving each one its own individual personality and decor. In an area of Alaska that often lacks authenticity, EarthSong Lodge gives you the feel of stepping in to the wild. There are a variety of cabin options available to suit a wide range of visitors, whether you are a couple looking for a quiet cabin getaway or a family who needs lots of space.
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The snug cabins here reflect the wild surroundings, with a rustic decor that features lots of wood. There are five cabin sizes available: Standard, Family, Two Room, Two Bedroom and Queen Suite, which can accommodate from two to four people. Each cabin includes a private bathroom, large bed, hair dryer and room darkening blinds, which are vital during the long Alaskan summer days. There is also a small deck area at the front of each cabin with outdoor seating, providing the space to relax and unwind after the day’s activities.
Located in the town of Healy, 16 km (10 miles) to the north of the Denali Park entrance, this is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring. A quiet town with only a few shops and restaurants, you are still just a short, scenic drive away from the facilities of the main village of Denali.
Food and drink
Although it’s in a remote setting, Earthsong Lodge does have the excellent Henry’s Coffeehouse where you can pick up breakfast pastries, bagels, sandwiches and cinnamon rolls. Named after one of the owners sled dogs, the coffeehouse is also filled with memorabilia from the owners’ sled trips, including trips to the Arctic, Northwest Passage and Iditarod Trail. You’ll find plenty of interesting items to keep you occupied over your morning coffee, as well as boxed lunches for taking on expeditions into the park.
Facilities and activities
In keeping with the wilderness surroundings, facilities here are limited. You’ll find Wi-Fi in the coffeehouse along with a number of books and games, as well as an on-site gift shop, which sells items that have been handmade by the owner Karin. You can also meet the dogs and puppies that pull the sleds during wintertime excursions.
We like EarthSong Lodge because it’s close to the Denali National Park entrance but away from the crowds and offers charmingly rustic cabins as well as an excellent coffee shop.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Boasting the finest views of any lodge at the park entrance, the Grande Denali Lodge is conveniently located just north of the Denali National Park entrance road where guests can experience true Alaskan hospitality and the wild beauty of Denali.