Housing Options for Researchers

Denali contains just one road, running from east to west for 92 miles. The eastern end is the entrance of the park, and the western terminus is in Kantishna. Traffic on most of the road is restricted to a variety of bus services.


The possible housing options for researchers are broken into two categories: between the park entrance and Mile 35 of the Denali Park Road, and everything west of Mile 35. Park campgrounds are of course open to the public as well as visiting researchers.

Note: There are costs associated with anywhere you stay, including park transient housing (Apartment 51F and the Panabode). Check with the park research coordinator about specifics.

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Park Entrance to Igloo Campground (Mile 35)

Cabin / Camp Location Access Power Water Cooking & Food Storage
Riley Creek Campground
Mile 0.25
Own vehicle
No Yes Rustic campground; food storage lockers are available
MSLC Yurt
Mile 1.2 Own vehicle
Yes Yes Dining hall plan is available; food storage lockers nearby
Apartment 51F
Mile 3
Own vehicle
Yes Yes Apartment has a kitchen, furnished with utensils
Panabode (3-bedroom house)
Mile 3
Own vehicle
Yes Yes Apartment has a kitchen, furnished with utensils
Savage River Campground
Mile 14
Own vehicle
No Yes Rustic campground; food storage lockers are available
Sanctuary River Campground
Mile 23
Park bus
No No Primitive campground; food storage lockers are available.
Teklanika River Campground
Mile 29
Park bus
No Yes Rustic campground; food storage lockers are available
MSLC Field Camp
Mile 29
Park bus
No Yes Bunk house near Tek Campground; food storage shed available


Igloo Campground (Mile 35), West

Cabin / Camp Location Access Power Water Cooking & Food Storage
East Fork Cabin
Mile 43
Park bus
No No Rustic cabin with two bunks, utensils provided
Toklat Dorms
Mile 53
Park bus
Yes Yes Dorm-style building with communal kitchen
Wonder Lake Campground
Mile 85
Park bus
No Yes Rustic campground; food storage lockers available
Poly Wonder A-Frame
Mile 92
Park bus
No No* Hike in from near Skyline Lodge; no utensils are provided
Gallup Cabin
Mile 92
Park bus
No No* Rustic cabin, with two bunks utensils provided
Friday Creek Cabins
Mile 92+
Park bus
No No* Four cabins, each with a bunk bed; no utensils
Friday Creek Wall Tents
Mile 92+
Park bus
No No* Two beds in each wall tent, no utensils provided


* Note: Researchers in Kantishna-area lodging (~ Mile 89 - 92) should not drink the water. Kantishna waters are laden with heavy metals from mining operations. Bring water jugs to fill at the Wonder Lake Campground or Wonder Lake Ranger Station (~Mile 86), or bring all your water from the park entrance.

Last updated: June 15, 2016

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