McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe'

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Privately owned, charming lodge and cafe located in a spectacular setting... minutes from the Denali Park entrance

Located just 13 miles south of the Denali National Park entrance on beautiful Carlo Creek. McKinley Creekside Cabins and Cafe boasts an ideal location, away from the busy park entrance, yet allowing easy access to the park and all its activities.

Mile 224 George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park, AK 99755

About McKinley Creekside Cabins & Cafe'

The Creekside is owned and operated by two best friends Holly and Tracey.  We started in 1997,  with a dream and no idea what we were getting ourselves into.  Twenty years + into this we are thankful to love what we do and to be a part of the Denali community.  Our goal for staffing is to attract the best people, pay top wages, provide excellent housing, and have a quality and fun home base to explore Denali for a summer.  We know a happy crew makes happy guests which makes happy owners!

Our expectations are simple: everybody works. We are only as strong as our weakest link. Looking for professionals that are passionate about work and play and have a POSITIVE attitude and work ethic. A sense of place grows from the purposeful work of maintaining and growing this establishment, cultivating friendships, and our steadfast commitment to providing an outstanding experience for our guests in a setting that is beyond compare. Come work in a place surrounded by astonishing beauty, with fantastic people, while learning new things….and maybe something new about yourself!

The Employee Experience

The best place to work in Denali! Privately owned and located on the banks of Carlo Creek, 13 miles south of the Denali National Park entrance.  Walk out your back door (literally), follow the creek and go as far as you can go.  We sincerely care about our co-workers and cherish the long-lasting friendships that come from our shared experiences as we all spend the summer together in breathtaking Denali.  We strive to be the best around, whether it's our accommodations, food and general atmosphere. You cant fake it....we really are pumped to be here, doing what we love, and it shows. :-)

Ideal Candidate

Looking for hardworking, positive, enthusiastic individuals wanting to share their epic adventure with like-minded folks and create the best experience possible for our guests.

Room and Board

We have very nice housing and all rooms are set up as two-room suites. Every two rooms share a bathroom (toilet/shower). Each room has one or 2 beds, a sink area and small fridge.

There are two common rooms, each with kitchen facilities, TV's/Movies, and coin-op laundry (detergent provided).

We provide a common use kitchen stocked with pots/pans and basic spices,  linens/towels, WI-FI, laundry detergent & toilet paper.  

  • You are responsible for your own food, there is a store at the park entrance.
  • You will receive one shift meal-included in your room/board on the days you work. 
  • *20% off when you are not working, at any of our restaurants (during non-peak hours)
  • Housing options based on availability-all positions excluding servers
  • Shared Housing - includes one shift meal $80.00/wk. 
  • Private Housing - includes one shift meal 130.00/wk
  • Server (only) housing rate - Shared housing $100/wk 

Employee Perks

Season-end bonuses apply to all positions with a contract completion of .50-1.00/hr. You determine your bonus based on work performance, attitude and being a responsible housing tenant.  

Most tours/excursions are free.

The best thing about working at Creekside is the ability to make a top wage while living, working and playing in one of the most amazing places on earth, DENALI, all the while making lifelong friendships! We have a VERY high percentage of return employees every year...which speaks for itself.

Getting Here and Getting Around

You are responsible for your own transportation and cost. Denali is 4 hours north of Anchorage and 3 hours south of Fairbanks. If you are arriving in your own vehicle we are located at Mile 224 on the George Parks Hwy.

If you do not have your own transportation, you must take the Alaska Yukon Trails Shuttle which will drop you off at our property. 800-770-7275 or 20% off From Anchorage or Fairbanks (they will need a copy of your work contract) they'll also pick you up at the Anchorage Hostels / 907-248-5036

For Fun

Rafting, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Nightlife, Campfires, Camping, Kayaking, anything outdoors!

Our Jobs

More details about our jobs can be found on our employment page

McKinley Creeskside Cabins

Barista / Expo / Morning Server

1 year experience required.  Must have excellent customer service skills, be an early riser, have some experience with food prep, and be an excellent barista.  Under 21 may be considered with the right experience and attitude.  Applicant will make sandwiches, be in charge of the coffee station and bakery case, expo food for morning servers and also will have a few morning serving shifts as well.  Looking for someone with a cheerful disposition, attention to detail and a hard work ethic.

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Front Desk Manager

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Front Desk Staff

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Prep Cooks

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Sous Chef

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How to Apply

Fill out our online application and email a photo and three professional references names/tele #'s to 

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