Located just 40 miles from the peak of Denali, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge offers a spectacular view of the Alaska Range, including both Denali and Mt. Foraker. Situated on 180 acres of land inside Denali State Park and bordered by the Chulitna River, the lodge features dramatic vistas of Denali—North America’s highest peak. Bordering the South side of Denali National Park, Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is just two hours south of the main entrance to the park off of the Parks Highway.

Milepost 133 Parks Highway
Denali State Park, AK 99683
(907) 733-2900

Operating Dates: mid-May through mid-September
Check in: 3pm / Check out: 11am
Number of rooms: 460
General Manager: Tennelle Wise

Dining and Lounge Venues

North Fork Restaurant
The great view and sophisticated atmosphere of North Fork Restaurant are rivaled only by the delicious Alaska cuisine and attentive, personalized service found within. Enjoy succulent Alaska seafood, mouth-watering steaks and creative pasta dishes. And don’t forget to browse our decadent dessert selections!

20,320 Alaskan Grill
Experience 20,320 Alaskan Grill – decorated in mountain-climbing decor with artifacts from actual Denali ascents. Choose from a list of appetizers and entrees that are sure to tantalize your taste buds, or savor a specialty coffee!

Base Camp Bar
Whether enjoying a frosty beverage on our spacious deck or sampling one of our specialty drink combinations inside, the Base Camp Bar’s relaxing atmosphere is a great place to gather with friends and family. Our extensive wine list will make choosing that perfect bottle of wine or champagne stress-free. And be sure to make a selection from our list of fine Alaska-brewed beers.

Coffee Bruin Espresso
Specialty coffees, pastries and snacks served quick for fueling up when you’re on-the-go.


Northern Lights PhotoSymphony – Daily Shuttle Service to Talkeetna – Complimentary Wireless Internet Access in Main Lodge – Complimentary Parking – Gift Shop – Guest Computers – Walking TrailsDaily Talks with a Denali State Park NaturalistPresentations by Denali ClimbersGuest Service DeskTreehouse (as seen on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters)


Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge offers a variety of optional excursions. Guests can enjoy nature hikes, rafting, and wagon rides. A few minutes away are opportunities for jet boating, horseback riding, or river rafting. The nearby town of Talkeetna, which means the “meeting of three rivers,” 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.

View a complete list of available excursions here.

Kid-Friendly Activities

Many of the Optional Land Excursions are appropriate for children. The lodge also offers free activities that are great for children.

Card/Board Games – Hand Shuffleboard  – Naturalist Programs – Playground – Walking Trails

Building History

Construction began summer 1995 and the lodge was officially opened on May 13, 1997. An expansion in 1999 added 76 guest rooms. In 2004, the lodge was further expanded to add 96 rooms as well as a renovation of the main lodge and the addition of a new pizza restaurant. 2006 brought an additional four guest buildings in the South Campus and brought our total room count to 460 – making the Lodge the fourth largest hotel in Alaska. During this expansion phase we replaced Expedition Pizza with another Great Room for viewing the mountain and added the charming 20,320 (“Twenty, three-twenty”) Alaskan Grill in its own new building.