Things To Do
Kantishna Roadhouse features an abundance of unique opportunities for you to explore the wonders of Denali’s wilderness. You will find Kantishna to be a fascinating travel destination and your personal opportunity for an exciting adventure in Alaska’s Last Frontier. Summer provides long days to enjoy and take part in any or all of our activities while still leaving plenty of time to relax and just soak up the area’s beauty and tranquility. Each day we offer activities that can be educational as well as fun for all ages. Each evening, our guide staff will help you plan your activities for the following day. If you want to plan your own excursion, ask an experienced Naturalist Guide for maps and recommendations – they are always happy to assist.
Experience Denali from The Air
Your all-inclusive trip begins with a 55-minute flightseeing journey to the lodge with an opportunity to see Denali Park from the air. Weather–permitting, you will see the Alaska Range, Mt. Denali, rivers, lakes, tundra, and the overall vast expanse of wilderness that is Denali National Park.
Guided hiking leaves the Roadhouse each morning—you can choose a two hour walk or take a bag lunch and hike for up to six hours. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced trekker, the Roadhouse offers an opportunity for you to explore the Park on foot and learn about the wildlife and flora of the Kantishna Hills from one of our experienced Naturalist Guides. Footwear is important and good hiking boots with ankle support that are water resistant are a must, as you will be hiking over rocks and through boggy tundra at times on most of our intermediate and challenging hikes.
Wonder Lake Shuttle
Often referred to as the crown jewel of Denali, Wonder Lake is one of the largest lakes in Denali National Park and is conveniently located a short 10 minute shuttle ride from Kantishna Roadhouse. At about 2 ½ miles long and 1/2 mile wide, the crystal blue waters of Wonder Lake make this one of the most premier places to see Mt. Denali and the Alaska Range. We offer at least one shuttle every day to Wonder Lake. If you’re one of the lucky 30%, you might just see the elusive mountain.
Kantishna Roadhouse is owned and operated by Doyon Native Corporation whose shareholders are primarily of Athabascan Indian descent and have ties to the land that date back thousands of years. You will have the opportunity to interact with Alaska Native staff members while at the Roadhouse. Alaskan Native presenters will regale you with facts and stories about life and survival in remote Alaska.
Fannie Quigley Cabin Tour
During the Kantishna gold rush, there were thousands of male gold miners who traveled to Kantishna Valley to strike it big, but there was only one Fannie Quigley, a frontierswoman and miner renowned for her independence and fierce skills to survive in the backcountry. Even though she never found a fortune of gold in Kantishna, her story is perhaps the most fabled of all Kantishna miners. Just a short shuttle or hike from the Roadhouse, Fannie Quigley’s cabin still stands today. We hold regular guided tours of the Quigley cabin. This is an incredible opportunity. Please ask experienced Naturalist Guides at the front desk about availability.
Every evening at the Roadhouse, one of our naturalist speakers presents on an educational and exciting topic about Kantishna, Denali, or the surrounding area. Below are a few of the exciting presentations we have in our rotation.
If mountain biking is on the top of your list as a favorite outdoor activity, rev up the pedals of one of our mountain bikes and spend some time exploring the countryside. Pedal to Wonder Lake or investigate the old mining roads in the area. Ask an experienced Naturalist Guide to assist you with a bike selection and please wear the required helmet for your protection. Daypacks and water bottles are also available for your use.
The Kantishna district was the site of a gold rush in the early 1900s. Every afternoon you will have a chance to slip on a pair of rubber boots, grab a pan and head for Moose Creek with an experienced Naturalist Guide to learn the history and methods of the old-time prospectors and try your hand at panning for a little “color”. Any gold you find is yours to keep and we are happy to create a complementary “Gold Card” for you at the front desk—your gold flakes will shimmer and shine when they are laminated onto the black card. Kids of all ages—9 to 90–thoroughly enjoy this activity and are astounded to learn about the legendary lives and times of the early prospectors.
Moose Creek flows through our property and Arctic Grayling (a member of the trout family) are abundant in its crystal clear waters; so whether you’ve always wanted to try your hand at fly fishing or you’re an experienced fishing enthusiast, this is the activity for you. Hip boots and both fly and spinning rods are available for guest use and your first lure or fly is complimentary. A selection of tackle is available for purchase at the front desk and fishing licenses are not required in the Park. A solitary morning or evening spent casting in the ripples is a unique and wonderful way to connect with nature.
During your travel to and from Kantishna Roadhouse, you will have excellent opportunities from above to see wildlife in their natural habitat. The experienced pilots and Naturalist Guides are expert wildlife spotters and will let you know whenever an animal or view of Mt. Denali comes into range. Binoculars and cameras will be put to great use as you enjoy the amazing landscapes and animals of Denali.
Think back. What did your family do during all of those magical moments? For many of us, the answer is “playing games.”
We aren’t just talking about board games you pull out on a rainy day. We’re talking timeless lawn games! Our lawn alongside Moose Creek is perfect for a volleyball match or giant jenga. We invite you to enjoy these summer pastimes at your leisure.