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To the Heart of Denali: An Unrivaled Kantishna Experience

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Program #4189RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Participants will travel to 3900 feet during the trip into Denali National Park.

Equipment Requirements
Waterproof footwear with ankle support and proper rain gear are both highly recommended.

Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 16, 2014

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Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Independent arrivals and introductions
Arrive To: Independent arrivals, noon to 5pm.

Afternoon: Orientation

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Introductions

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Savage River Tundra Hike
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Leisurely guided hike in the subarctic tundra along Savage River in Denali National Park. Wildflowers and bird life abound. Dall sheep and grizzlies are sometimes seen from this trail. Independent cross-country hiking is an option in this area. 2 miles with 100 ft. elevation change.

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: Meet the four-legged heroes of Denali and watch a mushing demonstration at the only park in the US National Park Service system that has a kennel of working sled dogs.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Guest speaker TBA. Schedule for expert local evening presenters in Denali will be announced on first day of program.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Explore the Subarctic
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Learn about the sometimes surprising, always extreme, conditions that shape life in Denali and define a subarctic ecosystem in “Explore the Subarctic.”

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Explore the rich habitat of Horseshoe Lake. Join an expert naturalist for a 1.5 mile round-trip walk with 250 feet elevation change.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Guest speaker TBA.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Triple Lakes Hike
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Soak in the many marvels of a forest carpeted in deep moss and berries on guided hike along the Triple Lakes trail. Up to 4 miles and 900 ft. elevation gain on a maintained trail.

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Free time to rest and relax, explore the park independently, or pursue optional activities like rafting, flightseeing or visiting the kennels of an Iditarod champion.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Guest speaker TBA.

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cabin

Description: The Denali Education Center campus was built in 1990 along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park, on the banks of the Nenana River. This quiet wooded campus, consisting of 12 cabins and Riverside Hall, was the first in the U.S. built exclusively for Road Scholar programs. All facilities are on the ground floor with four steps leading into each cabin. The longest walk from your cabin to Riverside Hall is about 200 yards on a gravel walkway, and the shortest is about 15 yards.

Contact info:
Milepost 231 George Parks Highway
Denali Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2597
web: www.denali.org

Room amenities: Our location is idyllic, rooms and services are simple. Each cabin at the Denali Education Center has one bathroom that may be shared by up to four people. There is no housekeeping during the week, though fresh towels are available mid-week. Rooms do not have clocks, radios, TV’s, microwaves, or hair dryers. All rooms are non-smoking. There are no phones in the rooms, though cell phone reception is fine. Emergency calls may be received in the office, as needed. An answering machine will receive calls after hours or when staff is in the field.

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities are available for $2 per wash and $2 per dry, laundry detergent included. Internet access is available nearby.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Each cabin has two rooms with one shared bath.

Additional nights before:
We do not offer additional nights on our campus, however there are 2 places within walking distance. You may contact The Grizzly Bear Cabins http://www.denaligrizzlybear.com/. They offer everything from a soft sided tent to a small cozy lodge. You may also contact The Denali Park Village at denaliparkvillage.com Both are located within yards from the Denali Education Center campus.

Check in time: 12:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - Wildlife of Denali
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Discover the animals that call Denali home and learn about their superb adaptations to life at high latitudes in “Wildlife of Denali.”

Lunch: Riverside Hall

Afternoon: Explore the the world's largest biome, the northern boreal forest, on an optional guided walk along the Roadside or Rock Creek trail. Up to 3 miles and 400 ft elevation change.

Dinner: Riverside Hall

Evening: Free time

Lodging: Denali Education Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, North Face Lodge lies in the heart of Denali National Park, just twenty-nine air miles from Mt. McKinley. At their North Face Lodge fifteen small, well-appointed guestrooms, each with a private bath, connect to a covered walkway that leads to the inn's comfortably furnished living room and dining room. On cool mornings, a crackling fire in the stone fireplace compliments fine Denali views from the living room's tall windows. On warm, sunny afternoons, a spacious patio invites relaxation in view of Denali's summit.

Contact info:
PO Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2290
web: www.campdenali.com/

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Journey to the Heart of the Park
Breakfast: Riverside Hall

Morning: Walk through the spruce forest that is reclaiming the ruins of a frontier railroad building community on the McKinley Station Trail. This is an optional walk that travels 1.6 miles with 50 ft of elevation gain.

Lunch: En route

Afternoon: Travel the entire 90 mile park road with an expert naturalist-driver from Camp Denali & North Face Lodge. Enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife watching opportunities on this journey to the heart of the park.

Dinner: Savor a picnic dinner en route.

Evening: Orientation to North Face Lodge.

Lodging: North Face Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, North Face Lodge lies in the heart of Denali National Park, just twenty-nine air miles from Mt. McKinley. At their North Face Lodge fifteen small, well-appointed guestrooms, each with a private bath, connect to a covered walkway that leads to the inn's comfortably furnished living room and dining room. On cool mornings, a crackling fire in the stone fireplace compliments fine Denali views from the living room's tall windows. On warm, sunny afternoons, a spacious patio invites relaxation in view of Denali's summit.

Contact info:
PO Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2290
web: www.campdenali.com/

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Saturday, June 14 - Cross-country Hike
Note: Day-long guided cross-country walks are offered on both Day 7 and Day 8 at North Face Lodge. On each day you will have a choice of an easy, moderate, or strenuous hike. Hikes return to the Lodge sometime between 3-5pm. You may explore the Park independently after you return from the hike... or even opt out of either or both hikes if you like.

Breakfast: Enjoy your first meal at the North Face Lodge with breakfast.

Morning: Take off on a day-long naturalist-guided cross-country hike through the heart of Denali's wilderness.

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: If you'd like to explore independently, set out for Wonder Lake by bike or on foot. Enjoy the water from a canoe or look for Mt McKinley and its reflection from the shore.

Dinner: Enjoy the world class hospitality at North Face Lodge. A meat or fish entree and a vegetarian option are available at each meal.

Evening: Join lodge staff for an evening program or set out on your own to discover the wilderness spirit of Denali on a flightseeing journey or a quiet evening walk.

Lodging: North Face Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Family owned and operated for more than 30 years, North Face Lodge lies in the heart of Denali National Park, just twenty-nine air miles from Mt. McKinley. At their North Face Lodge fifteen small, well-appointed guestrooms, each with a private bath, connect to a covered walkway that leads to the inn's comfortably furnished living room and dining room. On cool mornings, a crackling fire in the stone fireplace compliments fine Denali views from the living room's tall windows. On warm, sunny afternoons, a spacious patio invites relaxation in view of Denali's summit.

Contact info:
PO Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755 USA
phone: 907-683-2290
web: www.campdenali.com/

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Sunday, June 15 - Hike, bike, fish, or fly... the sky's the limit!
Breakfast: Another delicious meal at North Face Lodge.

Morning: Join an expert naturalist for a day-long hike. Stop for bird watching, berry picking, and wildlife sightings.

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: Optional activities for the duration of your stay at North Face Lodge include: fishing in Moose Creek or Wonder Lake (for Arctic Grayling or Mackinaw Trout respectively), bicycling the Park Road, canoeing Wonder Lake, or reserving a flight seeing tour to Mt. McKinley.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the North Face Lodge.

Lodging: North Face Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Monday, June 16 - Arrive at Denali Rail Depot by 11:30am. Independe...
Arrive To: Arrive at Denali Railroad Depot. Independent departures.

Breakfast: Enjoy an early morning breakfast before departing North Face Lodge.

In Transit: Travel the entire 90 mile park road with an expert naturalist-driver from Camp Denali & North Face Lodge. Enjoy stunning scenery and wildlife watching opportunities on this journey from the heart of the park back to the Denali Railroad Depot.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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8 nights of accommodations
23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips

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