Kantishna Roadhouse, nestled in the Kantishna hills, is a place to escape into the backcountry. Getting this far into the heart of Denali is a 6-hour bus ride on the 92 mile park road and few visitors come this far. In fact, visitors have to be scheduled at the lodge to even get this far on the road. Kantishna was a gold mining camp in the early 1900s. Since this area is off the grid, generating electricity on site, you can put away cell phones, computers and forget about using hairdryers or TVs!
The main lodge is a beautiful log building with rocking chairs on the front porch and a wood fire inside that is always burning, just inviting visitors to sit and relax. The dining room has wrap around windows with views of the hills, river and surrounding forest. We have a warm, cozy, comfortable room in our very own cabin made of Alaska white spruce logs.
After all our long, strictly planned days, it was wonderful to have a "down day" where, except for set meal times, we could pick and choose what we wanted to do... or not do anything at all. There were many things to choose from: long hikes, short hikes, flight-seeing to the mountain, dog team presentation, panning for gold. We chose to hike along the river this morning (always on the alert for bears) and to just chill out this afternoon, napping and exploring the grounds. A light rain off and on this afternoon and evening.