When we were planning our Alaska vacation, we were searching for Denali cabins that could accommodate our family of 6. We wanted something close enough to the National Park for our planned tours, but also something scenic, economical and not surrounded with any commercialism. On a recommendation from Denali Tundra Tours, we booked a few nights at the Denali Mountain Morning Hostel, and we had a great experience!
The Denali Mountain Morning Hostel is located at Mile 224.1 along George Parks Highway. It’s approximately 15-20 minutes south of the main park entrance which was very convenient for what we wanted to see & do. Their cabins are open from mid-May through mid-September. They are located 239 miles north of the Anchorage airport which is approximately a 4-hour drive away. We left ourselves more time when we headed south to the cruise port in Whittier in order to make stops in Denali State Park with its incredible views of the mountain range.
Our Denali Cabin:
Our BEST moose sightings were just down the road from these cabins, on the morning of our departure. We saw a bull and cow moose, and two young calves with their mother. These were right along George Parks Highway and within a mile of the Denali Mountain Morning Hostel.
We were there in early August and this was ‘home base’ for our Denali NP tours and our ATV tour on the Stampede Trail (Check out our Alaska family vacation itinerary).
The cabins were very well maintained, clean, and comfortable. The bathrooms were also clean and modernized. We stayed in the “Two Rocks” cabin. This cabin had 2 sets of bunk beds: One with double beds and the other with singles. This was great for us (Mom, Dad, and boys ages 8, 14, 16, and 17)!
There was also a nice pizza place across the street from the Denali cabins, called Panorama Pizza Pub. The kids had fun at the corn hole set outside and the foosball table inside, while Mom & Dad relaxed with a few adult beverages! We also made sure to decorate a $1 bill and hang it up amongst the many that other adventurers before us had left.
The area around the cabins was perfect for coming back to and unwinding after a long day in the National Park. The boys made friends and played along the Carlo Creek while the adults sat by the campfire and just took in the amazing scenery.
I feel like the Denali Mountain Morning Hostel is a hidden gem. When shopping around for Denali cabins that fit within our budget, this was one of the best deals and had a great location. It’s also worth noting that they were generous with their amenities like free Wi-Fi, firewood, and use of their grills. I know that the word “hostel” can scare off some folks, but this was a great place for vacationing families. We really enjoyed the company of everyone that we had the pleasure of visiting with, and would stay here again on our next adventure to Alaska!