Nestled at the base of North America's tallest peak, Talkeetna is the gateway to Denali.
And the Talkeetna Hostel International is your place to call home while you explore.
The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of North America's tallest peak Mt. McKinley (Denali). Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through our town, and discover what this unique location has to offer: Flightseeing, fishing riverboat tours, float trips, hiking, nordic skiing, mushing, mountain climbing, ATV tours, snowmachine tours, and zipline tours, unique lodging, art galleries and gift shops, place to dine and have a locally brewed beer... and of course year-round frontier hospitality!
A flightseeing trip over Denali National Park and Preserve will give you a bird's-eye view of its incredible vastness and awesome beauty. Encounter a mile high gorge, rivers of pre-historic glacier ice, snow capped mountains that extend seemingly forever and North America's tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley, towering above it all. Whether you choose an incredible flightseeing tour into the mountains, add a glacier landing, decide to climb one of Denali's towering peaks, or choose to hike in Denali's back country, we will assist you in finding the right experience.
For more than 39 years, American Alpine Institute has pioneered technical climbing education in the United States. At a time when most American guides provided little instruction to their clients, the Institute launched a mountaineering school offering courses in ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier skills, with a mission to grow its clients into self-sufficient climbers.
Today, the Institute continues this tradition of teaching skill mastery and self-leadership, an approach that contributes to our extraordinary record of safety and success in the great ranges of the world. Come climb with us and launch a long career in the mountains ... or just enjoy a day of thrill and challenge.
Established in 1974, Denali Raft Adventures, Inc. is the original raft company on the Nenana River at the entrance of Denali National Park, Alaska. We offer Gore-Tex drysuits for the utmost in comfort, neoprene boots, Coast Guard approved lifejacket, and a guided 18ft or 16ft raft which allows you to experience a sense of adventure and fun for an activity that has inherent risks.
In order to provide you a enjoyable raft trip we supply knowledgeable guides, top quality Avon & Sotar rafts, as well as the following gear for your comfort and safety.
Located 120 road miles north of Anchorage, our “south side” perspective offers panoramic views of Denali National Park, with a boreal forest at your feet and Mt. McKinley at your brow. Our friends at Stoney Creek Canopy Adventure are 127 miles south of Anchorage in Seward.
Talkeetna is located at the confluence of three rivers and is the jumping off point for all Denali adventures. The small town has several outfitters ready to help you explore this wild and beautiful area by plane, jetboat, raft or zipline!
For information on how to get to Talkeetna, please visit our "Getting Here" page.
The Talkeetna Hostel International is located in downtown Talkeetna, just a few minutes walk from Nagley's General Store, Denali Brewing, and all of the outdoor adventures. We have plenty of parking. Look for the "hostel" signs as you approach.
Our address is 22159 South I Street, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Mail to: PO Box 79, Talkeetna, AK 99676
Talkeetna may seem like a relatively remote town, but getting here is easy. We're a stop on the Hurricane Turn and Denali Star trains along the Alaska Railroad, and located at the end of the Talkeetna Spur Road off Highway 3.
If you're driving from Anchorage, take AK-1 North towards Palmer, and then merge onto AK-3 North. Follow signs towards Fairbanks. At mile 98.7, take a right on the Talkeetna Spur Road and follow it 14 miles. Take a right on 2nd street to cross the railroad tracks, and then take a left across from Talkeetna Air Taxi on I Street. You'll see us block and a half down on the right.
Shuttling is easy as well, with several companies offering service to and from Anchorage.
Whether you're looking for a private room, a bunk, or just a place to pitch your tent, we've got an option for you.
All guests share access to the kitchen, common area, and three bathrooms.