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Less than 1 minutes’ drive to Denali National Park entrance, this Denali National Park resort features an on-site dinner theater and river rafting excursions. Styled in wood accents, each room at McKinley Chalet Resort features a cable TV, a seating area and an private bathroom with free toiletries. Coffee-making facilities are also provided. An on-property restaurant featuring delicious, local cuisine offers a convenient way to refuel or relax during your stay. Guests can stop by the on-site tour desk for assistance in planning various activities, including flight-seeing and river rafting. You can also explore walking trails along the Nenana River that are nearby McKinley Chalet Resort. Denali National Park Visitors Center is 5 minutes’ drive away from the property. Denali Tundra Tours is 1148 feet from McKinley Chalet Resort.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.2 for a two-person trip.

McKinley Chalet Resort has been welcoming guests since Feb 14, 2012

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.3)

Free Parking Available On Site



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  • Ken
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Liked the size of the room and the location of the resort right close to the river is pretty awesome! The corner seat in the bar provided an excellent view of mountains and river scenery that was extraordinary!
  • Meng
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The location is very convenient, very close to Denali Park. Also the view at the resort is gorgeous. I wish I could stay longer. We found out at the front desk that the resort offers free shuttle to Denali Park, which is a surprise. A+ experience
  • Jane
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Really liked the Karsten’s restaurant decor, fireplace & fire pit. Great windows & Mountain View’s. Good vibes & atmosphere.
  • Rose
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The bar side of Canyon Steakhouse had excellent service. Wish I’d gotten our servers name. She was the best in trip! Also, there was a lady that has a severe choking episode while we were there and one of your staff assisted. I think EMTs came...
  • Anish
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Staff was very friendly and responded well to our questions/requests. Location was very close to the Denali park entrance which was great.
  • Raquel
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    It was big, spacious with amazing view. Amenities on site: laundry, restaurants, excursion booking, business kiosk with computer/printer. Staff is SUPER! They make the stay wonderful. I highly recommend it! As a traveling single mom with a 9...
  • Dori
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Unless you want to eat at a restaurant, there’s nothing nearby. At least nothing you can walk to. One of the employees was so kind and went and got me a wrap, chips and chocolate milk. He wouldn’t take any money. That’s what I call above and beyond!!
  • Ida
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Great location, Employees very well trained, Clean room , close to everything.
  • Meghashyam
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    THe chalet resort is spread across a huge area. We were in one of the buildings in the far back corner of the area. It was wonderful to walk around the chalet.
  • Beverly
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The property is so so much larger than what can be seen at the highway. Our beautiful room was in a building down by the river and all we could hear was the sound of the water and wind in the trees. The day we booked was very reasonably priced.

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  • Do you offer shuttle transfers to/from Depot?

    For our 2019 season, we had transfers from the rail to the resort at 12:00 PM and from resort to the rail at 11:00 AM for the Anchorage train. We had transfers from the rail to the resort at 4:00 PM and from the resort to the rail at 3:00 AM for the Fairbanks train. If this transfers are missed, we also have a park shuttle that stops at the Visitor Center across the street from the rail depot every 30 minutes from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM as well. The exact times may change for the 2020 season so we encourage calling the resort a few days prior to your arrival for the most accurate information.
    Answered on 30 January 2020
  • Are all rooms on the first floor? My mother has limited mobility and cannot climb many stairs at a time. Thank you, Marissa

    Hello! We have 27 buildings that have two stories and 2 buildings with three stories. Only one of the buildings has an elevator and the rest have stairs. If you would like to request a first floor room, please make sure to include that request in your booking or calling the resort directly a few days before your arrival. We look forward to seeing you here in beautiful Denali
    Answered on 10 January 2020
  • Does the Alaska Park Connection motorcoach from Anchorage drop off passengers at this hotel?

    Hello! We see that it does but we recommend checking your specific dates on the Park Connection booking site through Alaska Tour and Travel. Thank you!
    Answered on 14 March 2022

Area info *

2 Restaurants On Site

  • Canyon Steakhouse
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Dinner
    • Ambience
  • Karstens Public House
    • Cuisine
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Dinner

Resort Facilities at McKinley Chalet Resort
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular amenities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Coffee machine
  • Hiking
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Cable channels
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Shuttle service
    • Vending machine (snacks)
    • Vending machine (drinks)
    • ATM on site
    • Baggage storage
    • Wake-up service
    • Tour desk
    • Business center
    • 24-hour front desk
    Safety & security
    • Safe
    • Designated smoking area
    • Smoke-free property
    • Heating
    • Carpeted
    • Elevator
    • Ironing facilities
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Iron
    Languages Spoken
    • English

    House rules

    McKinley Chalet Resort takes special requests – add in the next step!


    From 4:00 PM

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


    Until 11:00 AM



    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

    Children & Beds

    Child policies

    Children of all ages are welcome.

    Children 6 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

    Crib and extra bed policies

    Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

    No age restriction

    There's no age requirement for check-in


    Pets are not allowed.

    Mastercard Visa Discover JCB McKinley Chalet Resort accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

    The fine print

    Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

    Canyon Steakhouse: Closed from Sat, May 01, 2021 until Thu, Sep 30, 2021

    Bar is closed from Sat, May 01, 2021 until Thu, Sep 30, 2021

    FAQs about McKinley Chalet Resort

    • McKinley Chalet Resort is 1.3 miles from the center of McKinley Park. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

    • Check-in at McKinley Chalet Resort is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

    • McKinley Chalet Resort offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

      • Hiking

    • McKinley Chalet Resort has 2 restaurants:

      • Karstens Public House
      • Canyon Steakhouse

    • The prices at McKinley Chalet Resort may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

    • Room options at McKinley Chalet Resort include:

      • Double