Denali's Carlo Creek Lodge

Even the locals lend a hand!
Cabin T
Carlo Creek
Denali Rainbows are spectacular!
Guest Laundry
Historic Cabin 4
Kitchenette Cabin Exterior
Loki & Thor, trusty sidekicks!
Lots of beauty!
Not all guests are humans!
Owner, Tucker, and Operations Manager, Kristin
Shared Bath Cabin C
Shared Bath Cabins
Shower House
View of the front lawn

Historic homestead offering Alaskan hospitality since 1959!

Carlo Creek Lodge offers a rich Alaskan history having been in my family since my grandparents homesteaded it in 1959. The original lodge is still used as our office today and many of our cabins are some of the original structures. We are known by many for our distinctive features including black spruce burls, a variety of antiques, and three generations worth of pictures!

We are located at Mile 224 Parks Highway 13 miles South of the entrance to Denali National Park. We have 11 wooded and creekside acres outside of the high traffic areas. It is the perfect atmosphere for travelers on a budget or travelers looking for a peaceful setting full of history!

About Denali's Carlo Creek Lodge

We take pride in the fact we offer a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle yet close enough to enjoy all the Denali National Park area has to offer. Everything on our property has been handcrafted starting with my grandfather in 1959 followed by my father 25+ years ago then expanded further by my own hands these last 10+ years. My significant other finds it magical with a rich history and many tales to tell. I see it as my childhood stomping grounds and take much pride in keeping it as "Alaskan" as possible. 

In many ways, it is still the same. We are still bordered by beautiful Carlo Creek, wake up looking right at the hills of Denali National Park, and have the same local Momma Moose stop by from time to time. If you enjoy the great outdoors and having a peaceful spot to relax and unwind after work then look no further. We would love for you to add to the history of Carlo Creek Lodge. 

The Employee Experience

Our lodge is operated by a staff of 4 plus myself and my significant other and our 2 Australian Shepard sidekicks, Loki and Thor. You will see us working right alongside you as we take a hands-on approach to the care of the Lodge. It is why we truly value good work ethic and team members who appreciate the outdoors and providing guests an opportunity to share a bit of Alaskan history. It's a fun inclusive place to be with no drama and incredible views. 

Over the years our best teams have been those that love to share their enthusiasm for the area with the guests and take advantage of all the great activities Denali has to offer. Our staff are important members of our team and we value your input and reward hard work, initiative, and energy. We do not require official uniforms yet encourage our staff to wear appropriate attire that represents and encourages getting outside. In fact, at times our team may resemble more of an REI Catalog or Outdoor Magazine scene then your traditional hospitality brochure. 

Feedback from past team members: 

  • "It was wonderful and the birds are amazing! I greatly appreciate the opportunity and your shared wisdom." - 2018 Staff
  • "Thanks for everything!" - 2017 On-site Manager from Alaska
  • "Thank you for your mentorship," - 2017 Lodge Services from Georgia 
  • "It was wonderful working for you two!  Thank you for everything that you did to make it a comfortable and great season!" - 2016 Housekeeper from Wyoming 
  • "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live and work in Denali!"- 2016 On-site Manager from California
  • "Thank you so much for everything this summer, it really was an amazing experience."- 2015 Guest Services from Utah

Ideal Candidate

We only employ a small team. It is important you feel fine living in a wilderness location and working for a smaller locally owned business. Our past successful staff were adventurous at heart taking advantage of the all the great activities in the area and were comfortable having time to themselves or took initiative to mingle with staff from other local businesses. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, backpacking, flightseeing, white water rafting, biking, and many more outdoor activities. To take full advantage we highly recommend you have a vehicle or comfort hitchhiking. 

We greatly value professional and highly motivated staff members with great communication and multitasking skills who appreciate interacting with people from all over the world with many different values and experiences. We are seeking a healthy team who can comfortably lift 20 pounds and navigate rocky soil. In addition, you must be comfortable working regardless of weather and understand Alaska is home to a vast array of wildlife, albeit, the majority of encounters will be with mosquitoes, moose, and the occasional mouse or squirrel. 

Room and Board

Housing is available for employees only. Managers are offered free housing, which consists of a small apartment with a full-size bed, small kitchen, heat and running water. We can also provide space for your own RV if you prefer. The apartment is attached to the office which features a half bath.

For all other positions, housing is in a single, small heated cabin (think dorm room size) featuring a twin size bed, electric burner, small fridge, and dresser and/or shelves. Housing fee is $200.00 USD per month deducted from your pay but 50% is refundable if you complete your summer season. 

All employee housing is equipped with linens for the bed, towels, pots, pans, water jug and cutlery. Employee cabins do not feature running water. Bathroom facilities are located at the shower houses and laundry can be done off the clock in the guest laundry room. Our property features a dishwashing station with hot water and a water station to refill water jugs. 

We do not have an onsite restaurant nor provide meals. You have the means to cook in your employee housing. 

Employee Perks

We offer a competitive wage with an end of season bonus. Employees also get to keep any tips earned. Many local activity outfitters offer discounts for our team members and may even comp activities at the start of the season.

There is wireless internet at the office and group hangout areas. The Carlo area does not get a TV signal. Many of our past staff brought movies, laptops/tablets, an e-reader or books. We have a small book exchange for both staff and guests. There are 3 other businesses within walking distances to us including restaurants. Some feature live entertainment at times throughout the season. 

There is a Three Bears Department Store in Healy 24 miles north our location that features groceries, health and beauty aids, and sporting goods. Healy also has a small medical clinic and there is an urgent care outside of the park entrance. Do note there is not a shuttle service between our location and such services. You would need your own vehicle, hitchhike, rideshare, or attempt to use the local taxi service (not always reliable). 

You are welcome to have packages delivered to our Anchorage office which would be brought up to the Lodge once a week. Amazon prime does deliver to Alaska and USPS priority mail is quite economical. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

We are located 13 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park, 24 miles south of Healy and 13 miles north of Cantwell. Should you want to venture into Fairbanks or Anchorage buses are available as well as the Alaska Railroad train option (more spendy). The closest bus pick up/drop off location is 5-6 miles north of our location. There are bikes on the property for staff use if you wish to bike to the park. You are responsible for any repairs or additional bike accessories. We do not provide a shuttle service nor vehicles for staff use. You would need your own vehicle, hitchhike, rideshare, or attempt to use the local taxi service (not always reliable).  

Depending on when you arrive and depart, we can offer a ride from the Anchorage airport to our lodge upon hire and end of contract. If your employment is terminated for any reason you are responsible for your own transportation and will be asked to depart the property the same day. We are happy to discuss pick up if you are hired for the season. 

For Fun

There are many ways to observe wildlife, view the landscape, and let the adventurer in you come alive! We highly recommend considering the following activities during your employment: 

  • ATV Tours
  • Flightseeing
  • Whitewater or scenic raft tours
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Attending a local lecture or educational session 
  • Go to one of the many bluegrass festivals or concerts
  • Backcountry hike in the park
  • Hike the vast amount of trails  

We suggest visiting Denali National Park's website to learn about all the park activities.

How to Apply

Email your resume and a brief statement regarding why you are interested in working for us and living in the Denali area for the Summer. Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for and submit all materials to

We will follow up within 2 business days if all requested materials are received. If selected, you will need access to Google Hangouts or Skype for a video interview. At this time we are not accepting international applicants unless you have prior experience working at a seasonal hospitality position in the US. 

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