Located in the center of Denali Canyon in Alaska, McKinley Chalet Resort sits just one mile from the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. With a wide array of modern amenities, multiple dining options including a fine dining restaurant and a coffee shop, an amphitheater featuring daily shows, and optional excursions into the park, the resort was designed for guests of all ages.

McKinley Chalet Resort provides a mix of modern comfort and untamed wilderness. The resort is open from mid-May through mid-September.

1. McKinley Chalet Resort Rooms & Suites

McKinley Chalet Resort Rooms & Suites
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The McKinley Chalet Resort has 483 rooms and suites, each with its own flat screen television featuring the both cable channels and optional pay per view movies. The majority of the rooms at the resort feature views of the National Park from the attached balconies. Rooms also come with a telephone, hair dryer, coffee maker, luggage bench, and either a shower or a shower/bathtub combination. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in each room as well.

The majority of the rooms and suites offered have a king bed. The other options are double/double, double/twin, double/twin/sleeper sofa, queen/queen, king/sleeper sofa, king/twin, twin/double ADA compliant, queen/queen ADA compliant, queen ADA compliant, king ADA compliant, king/queen, and queen only.

Other amenities at the resort are on-site guest laundry services, guest computers/computer access, fire circles, a complimentary shuttle to and from the Denali Park Visitor Center that runs multiple times a day, and guest services desk that is staffed 24 hours a day.

2. McKinley Chalet Resort Dining

McKinley Chalet Resort Dining
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The McKinley Chalet Resort has three dining options, the Canyon Steakhouse (a fine dining restaurant), the Karstens Public House (casual dining restaurant), and the Grizzly Grind (espresso bar).

The Canyon Steakhouse, which serves breakfast, dinner, and a late bar menu, provides hotel guests with a diverse menu full of appetizers, steak entrees, appetizers, a selection of local wines, craft beer and specialty cocktails, and desserts. The bar overlooks the scenic Nenana River. Highlights from the dinner menu include fresh cold-water oysters, fennel tenderloin meatballs, and steak options like New York strips and dry aged porterhouse.

The newest dining option at McKinley Chalet Resort is the Karstens Public House. The Public House offers a larger selection of craft beer than The Canyon Steakhouse. Those beers can be paired with authentic local comfort food like fettuccine with fresh king crab, jalapeno cornbread, chicken and waffles, and caribou burgers. The restaurant has an all you can eat breakfast buffet, ala carte options, an all-day menu, a late night/bar menu, and a small selection of Starbucks beverages.

For hotel guests who want to grab a quick coffee drink, there is the Grizzly Grind espresso bar. Located in the Main Lodge, this grab and go option serves Starbucks from early in the morning until after dinner.

3. More About the McKinley Chalet Resort

More About the McKinley Chalet Resort
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The Gold Nugget Saloon, a family style roadhouse and dinner theater, offers a musical comedy written specifically for the resort that teaches guests about the history of the first men to ever reach Denali’s summit. Guests will start with a dinner served “family style” that features local Alaskan salmon, smoked brisket, mashed potatoes, and house made apple crisp. Dinner is offered on an all you can eat basis while the talented local musicians sing and dance around the dining room. Coffee, tea, beer, wine, and other alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available both during and after the performance as well. The Saloon does require an additional fee and reservations must be made in advance.

The resort also the Denali Square outdoor entertainment area, allowing hotel guests to do some shopping, listen to a talk from a Denali Park Ranger, or just enjoy a walk around the hotel premises.

Optional Excursions

The highlight of the activities located in and around the resort are their optional excursions. All of the excursions can be booked by calling down to or stopping at the Guest Services desk. The staff will explain the options and help hotel guests plan their day. A few of the available options include the Denali Wilderness Hiking Tours, Denali Highway Jeep Excursions, Husky Homestead Tours, and Tundra Mountain Golfing. There are 27 optional excursions in total.

Kid Friendly Activities

The resort offers a variety of activities, in addition to the optional excursions, that were designed for children and offered free of charge. These activities include card and board games, National Park Ranger program guides, and nearby walking and hiking trails. There is also a free shuttle to take families to the National Park Dog Sled Demonstration.

McKinley Chalet Resort, Mile 238.9 Parks Highway, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, 99755, Phone: 800-544-0970

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