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    Default Need information about snowmachining in Denali (places to ride, lodges, etc.)

    I've never done any riding "just for the thrill of it" I've always run out to back country locations, or pulled freight to ice fish and hunt remote lakes and rivers. But......I guess it's time to check out Denali on the Widetrak. Anybody have any advise, places to go? (the theme is "Denali Romance)........apparently at 30 below zero. Isn't there a forum member on here that lives in this park? I'm reading the regulations brochure after I post this thread.

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    The one i,m thinking of is,Denalihunter, I believe this his place.

    http://www.alpinecreeklodge.com/
    I don,t think he is in the park but up on denali hwy, Maybe he can be of some help?

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    He is about 60 miles back from Cantwell on the Denali Highway, not in the park. I don't think there are any lodges in the NP as you can't ride snowmachines in much of it. Tokosha Mountain Lodge is in Denali State Park on the south bank of the Tokositna River. You might try contacting them.

    I imagine there are places in Healy or Cantwell but don't know any off hand. Don't know much about the riding around there either. A little further south, around Petersville/Trapper Creek you have Gate Creek, Kenny Lodge, Forks Road House, and others. Lots of trails in that area and you can get into both Denali State Park and Denali National Park from those places.

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    What is open in Cantwell changes from year to year. This place was open last year http://backwoodslodge.com/, the Lazy J appears to be gone now, and the Cantwell Lodge has been around forever http://www.cantwellodgeak.com/ When I ride out of Cantwell I usually trailer back south to Broad Pass and ride out near the Summit Airport to avoid Ahtna land. I often head a little further south and ride from the Igloo.

    Denali National Park is not open to snowmachine use. Well, the old "hard park" isn't. You can still ride in the "new" park, but that isn't anywhere near where the main road goes into D.N.P.

    If it were me, I would ride out to Alpine Lodge on the Denali Highway.
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