Skyline Lodge Frequently Asked Questions

The Skyline Lodge in Kantishna is located at the end of the road in Denali National Park, approximately 93 miles from the Park entrance. You can fly with us or take the Park Service camper bus to access our remote location. A direct flight is 35 minutes and the scenic fly-by is 55 minutes, allowing time to experience the spectacular north face of Denali. Make all flight reservations with Kantishna Air Taxi. The camper bus takes approximately 6-7 hours going into Kantishna and around 5-6 hours going out to the Park entrance. For the best value, we recommend flying in and busing out.

Depending on whether you are busing INTO or OUT OF Kantishna, you will purchase your bus tickets from either the Park Service or Skyline Lodge as follows:

  • If you’re busing INTO Kantishna (Option #2 or #3), you will need to make reservations with the Park Service/Aramark at 1-800-622-7275 or online at www.reservedenali.com. There are “shuttle” buses and “camper” buses, as part of the Park Visitor Transportation System (VTS). Camper buses are specifically designed for guests with luggage. When talking to the reservationist, let him/her know that you need the “Kantishna camper bus.” Round trip tickets are $35/adult (16 & over) and free/child (15 & under). We recommend reserving seats on the 11:05 AM departure, as this gets you to Skyline Lodge at the most convenient time of day and in time for dinner.
  • If you’re busing OUT OF Kantishna (Option #1), tickets are available at Skyline Lodge when you check-out. Prices are $27/adult (16 & over) and free/child (15 & under), and may have already been included in the price of your lodging or transportation. All tickets are standby, and seats are first-come-first-serve on a space available basis. If one bus is full, guests simply wait for the next bus.
  • Food and water are not provided on the bus or at rest stops. You will need to come prepared.

Please check the National Park Service bus schedule here as times vary throughout the season. The following camper bus times (subject to change) are an example from the June 19 – August 6, 2014 schedule:

Departing Park Entrance
(Wilderness Access Center)

Arriving in Kantishna

11:05am

6:00pm

2:05pm

8:00pm

Departing Kantishna

Arriving at Park Entrance
(Wilderness Access Center)

8:45am

2:00pm

2:00pm

7:15pm

6:00pm

11:15pm

 

The Park Road goes right past our front door. Simply tell your bus driver that you’re a guest of the Skyline Lodge in Kantishna and they will drop you off at our lodge.

In general, the flights depart the Park entrance at 4:30pm. A direct flight is 35 minutes and the scenic fly-by is 55 minutes. Call ahead for availability.

Meals are one of the highlights for our guests. We provide fresh, home-cooked, healthy food, and we use local, organic produce when available. We provide a sit-down, family-style dinner. Continental breakfast and lunch are self-served at the lodge or to be packed for the trail or bus. Meals are $70/person/day, which includes one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner. An extra lunch on arrival or departure may be purchased for $15/person. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements when making your reservation.

Wonder Lake is approximately 5 miles east of Kantishna and the Skyline Lodge along the Park Road. If you’re a guest of the Skyline Lodge, you can check out our mountain bikes and ride to Wonder Lake. You can also purchase a bus ticket and ride the camper bus to Wonder Lake and later hop on a westbound bus coming back to Kantishna. We can give you a bus schedule once you’re in Kantishna.  Some people walk one or both ways as well. Due to Park Service permits and regulations, we cannot offer shuttles to Wonder Lake.

Most who come to stay at the Skyline Lodge are self-sufficient hikers and adventurers. All hikes in Kantishna are safe for self-guided hiking. We will provide you with maps, directions, wildlife orientation, etc. Many hikes can be accessed from our door or a short walk to the trailhead. Hikes range from casual and easy to full day ridge excursions. All ridge hikes offer spectacular views of Wonder Lake, the Alaska Range, and Denali if weather permits. Mountain bikes are available for guest use at no cost. Many guests like to ride to Wonder Lake and explore the mining roads of the area. Other guests enjoy relaxing in quiet areas of the lodge. There are limited fishing possibilities in Kantishna (arctic grayling in Moose Creek and arctic char in Wonder Lake) and we do have basic fishing equipment.  If you’re an avid fisherman, we recommend you bring your own gear. If you’re interested in dayhikes in the interior of the park, you can purchase a bus ticket from the Skyline Lodge and we’ll give you a bus schedule so you’ll know which bus to catch coming back to Kantishna. Due to Park Service permit rules and regulations, we are not allowed to offer guided hikes.

The bathroom and shower facilities are located in the main lodge, which is located next to the cabins. It is a very short walk away, including two short flights of stairs.

The highest probability of wildlife viewing is by traveling the Park Road by bus. Wildlife sightings in Kantishna are a special treat. The more you hike and adventure, the more likely you are to see wildlife. Although Kantishna wildlife sightings are infrequent, you always need to be prepared for wildlife encounters and we can inform you of these procedures once you’re in Kantishna. Generally, bears are rarely seen on hikes in the Kantishna area.

Most cell phones do get reception at the Park entrance, but they do not work in Kantishna. Please make all your phone arrangements before you come into Kantishna. We do have a phone line in Kantishna available for our guests, but it is best to come prepared for not having contact with the outside world. For internet access, if you have your own wireless device a service fee of $7.00/day will allow access to our wireless connection. (At times, we may have a computer available for public use for $15.00/day, but this can’t be guaranteed.)

For questions about flightseeing services & excursions, please view our main FAQ page.

If you have any other questions, please call the Skyline Lodge at (907) 644-8222.