Kantishna, Alaska

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Kantishna, Alaska
Unincorporated community
Kantishna is located in Alaska
Location within the state of Alaska
Coordinates: 63°31′31″N 150°57′29″W / 63.52528°N 150.95806°W / 63.52528; -150.95806Coordinates: 63°31′31″N 150°57′29″W / 63.52528°N 150.95806°W / 63.52528; -150.95806
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Denali
 • Borough mayor Clay Walker[1]
 • State senator Click Bishop (R)
 • State rep. Dave Talerico (R)
Elevation 1,696 ft (517 m)
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP codes Kantishna is one of the sparsely-populated communities in Alaska that do not have a zip code.
GNIS feature ID 1404435[2]

Kantishna is an unincorporated community in Denali Borough, Alaska, United States, within Denali National Park and Preserve.[3] Founded as a gold mining camp in 1905, it endured longer than similar communities in the area, having been constructed nearest to the source of the gold. It lies in the Kantishna Hills at the junction of Eureka Creek and Moose Creek, 3 mi (5 km) northwest of Wonder Lake, and near the mouth of the Kantishna River. Although the community was once also called "Eureka", the Board on Geographic Names officially ruled in favor of "Kantishna" in 1944, the name given to the post office that was built at the site in 1905. Its elevation is 1,696 feet (517 m).[2]

Transportation and lodging[edit]

There are several remote lodges in Kantishna. Guests may stay at the Denali Backcountry Lodge, Kantishna Roadhouse, or Camp Denali/North Face Lodge. The 90-mile (140 km) trip from the Denali Park Train Depot to the lodges, via lodge buses, takes more than six hours.[4] Private vehicles are not permitted to enter the interior of Denali National Park.

Kantishna Air Taxi service provides chartered flights to Kantishna Airport.


  1. ^ 2015 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2015. p. 5. 
  2. ^ a b "Kantishna, Alaska". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ AK: Best of Summer, Alaska Public Radio, 2008-09-13. Accessed 2008-09-13.
  4. ^ "Scenic Alaskan Bus Tours through Denali Park to Kantishna". Doyon Tourism, Inc. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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