We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Denali Highway, Cantwell, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99729
Lowest prices for your stay
Lock in the lowest price from these sites
View deal
Prices above are provided by partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
Traveller (43)
Room & Suite (11)
Bathroom (4)


#2 of 6 Speciality lodging in Cantwell
The Backwoods Lodge is a 10 room motel with 2 cabins. We are known for our impeccably clean rooms. We are located in a quiet wooded area, only 27 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park. We are located on the Denali Highway, the second most scenic highway in Alaska. We have views of Mt. McKinley from the property and we are surrounded by mountains. We are pet friendly and offer pet sitting.
Read more
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Show more
Room features
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
85Reviews2Q+A9Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 54
  • 25
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
Time of year
Traveller type
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
peter m wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution
Being this time of year ..we ran off the road into a snow ditch.the tow truck driver brought us here while he attempted to get our truck out..we woke these nice people up at midnight and without hesitation they got us into a room..this is a beautiful place rooms very roomy and comfortable..the next day they offered any help if we needed..they treated us like family..you must stay here work or pleasure..we will always remember the kindness they gave
Read more
Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Carol Croteau, Owner at Backwoods Lodge
Responded 12 Oct 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you at our lodge. Carol, Owner
Read more
RL C wrote a review Sep 2021
Seeley Lake, Montana72 contributions22 helpful votes
This may be a Lodge in name only, but it is definitely a first rate motel in a lodge like setting. There are plenty of “lodge” type activities nearby to get the full experience of the Alaska wildlands. We were taken by surprise by being there on the first Monday the only restaurant began it’s closed Monday and Tuesday schedule. This is a very well kept facility kept immaculately clean. Very comfy bed.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: May not be luxury by some people’s standards but it sure is for us average Joes.
See more room tips
Trvlsnob21 wrote a review Sep 2021
on the lake, Minnesota804 contributions288 helpful votes
I've spent that past 3 days using Backwoods Lodge as my headquarters for everything Denali. I've been back and forth to the National Park several times. The drive is beautiful, but know that at this time of year (late September) there is very little open. The gas station up the road has some hot food (chicken strips, brats, popcorn and some groceries) but beyond that, you're on your own. The Lodge is located ON the Denali Highway, right off of Parks Highway. I've driven back and forth on the Denali Highway this week, too. Again, nothing open, but did manage to find outhouses at one of the camping sites. Hunting opened, so moose are scarce, which is a bummer, but we managed to come face to face with a huge bull about 15 miles north. Wow. In other words, location here can't be beat! We have 2 rooms. Both are super comfortable and clean. They are stocked with coffee and makers, microwave, dishes, and use of a few gas grills, which we took advantage of. Parking is right at the door. Wifi is good. Beds are super comfortable. There is nothing more we need here. Amenities are great! Carol has been a pleasure to work with. Friendly and helpful. We've stayed at other places in the area, closer to the Park, and even though we're a little farther from the entrance, we feel much more welcomed and comfortable here. I would definitely stay here again.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021
Response from Carol Croteau, Owner at Backwoods Lodge
Responded 23 Sep 2021
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. Hopefully we'll see you again in Alaska!
Read more
chadz52 wrote a review Sep 2021
Atlanta, Georgia583 contributions276 helpful votes
This a very clean family run lodge. It is an old style motel with outside entrances. The inn keeper is very accommodating and the room has great amenities such as a refrigerator, microwave, dishes, eating utensils, coffee maker, hot water kettle, and paper plates, bowls, and napkins. However, be prepared (the inn keeper forewarned us) with any food or drink you may need. We brought cereal, almond milk, fruit and snacks so we could economize on breakfast. This allowed us to relax and sleep a little later. Our only issue is that you are 15 minutes from the nearest sit down restaurant and 30 minutes from Denali National Park. If this is not an issue for you then you will thoroughly enjoy your stay here.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be prepared to be self sustaining
See more room tips
Tim wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution
Spacious, yet quaint, clean room. Conveniently located, comfortable beds. The kitchenette had nice counter space, with a microwave, small fridge, and sink. Grounds provided a nice walk after the long car ride. Thanks for the stay.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Carol Croteau, Owner at Backwoods Lodge
Responded 15 May 2021
Thank you for your wonderful review. It is much appreciated.
Read more
US$144 - US$241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesAlaskaDenali National Park and PreserveCantwell
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Backwoods Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Backwoods Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Dog Gone It (0.2 km) and Denali Highway (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Backwoods Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Backwoods Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Backwoods Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at Backwoods Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Backwoods Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.