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Cantwell is a tiny village located off Parks Highway in central, interior Alaska. The population of the community is around 220. Cantwell is the western terminus of the Denali Highway. The town was originally a railway flag stop at the junction of the railroad with the Denali Highway. Other things noteworthy about Cantwell: it is 20 miles from a giant abandoned igloo hotel, and it was the filming location of the 2007 film, "Into the Wild." Cantwell is near Denali National Park & Preserve. Home to Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America. Activities in Denali National Park include hiking and backpacking, whitewater rafting, dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling (or snowmachining as it's called in Alaska,) and wildlife viewing. Some of the wildlife you may encounter roaming the unfenced lands include caribou, grizzly bears, fox, wolves, moose, Dall's sheep - in total, 39 species of mammals, 169 species of birds and 14 species of fish. Tundra wilderness tours and natural history tours are available, as are tours to the old gold town of Kantishna. The single 92-mile road is the only access through the six-million acre national park. Visitors may drive it only as far as the Savage River at Mile 15. From there, travel is limited to tour buses, bicycles and on foot.

Cantwell Vacation Rentals

Cantwell Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Denali Bluffs HotelMile 2384 George Parks HwyDenali National Park, AK18.7 mi.(907) 264-4600
Mckinley Chalet ResortMile 239 George Parks HwyDenali National Park, AK18.7 mi.(907) 264-4600
Mckinley VillageMile 231 George Parks HwyDenali National Park, AK18.7 mi.(907) 264-4600
Denali River View InnDenali Natl Park, AK18.7 mi.(907) 683-2663
Denali Park HotelMile 237 Box 87Denali Park, AK18.7 mi.(907) 276-7234
Grande Denali LodgeMile 2382Denali Park, AK18.7 mi.(907) 683-5100
Denali National Park HotelMile 237 Park HwyDenali Park, AK23.5 mi.(907) 279-2653
Denali Princess LodgeMckinley Park, AK23.6 mi.(907) 683-2282

Cantwell Weather & Climate

Central Alaska has a climate of long, cold winters and short, cool summers. Weather in this region is very unpredictable. Temperatures of 70 degrees in summer is common, yet it's also been known to snow in August. The north and south side of the Alaskan Range Mountains have a completely different climate. The Gulf of Alaska carries moisture to the south side, but the mountains block water to the north side. This means a drier climate and huge temperature fluctuations to the north. The south has a transitional maritime continental climate, with cooler, summers and warmer winters.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 10°F -10°F 0.89 in. -
February 15°F -7°F 0.63 in. -
March 26°F -1°F 0.49 in. -
April 37°F 14°F 0.39 in. -
May 52°F 27°F 0.68 in. -
June 63°F 37°F 1.70 in. -
July 66°F 43°F 2.73 in. -
August 60°F 39°F 3.07 in. -
September 49°F 30°F 2.61 in. -
October 31°F 13°F 1.09 in. -
November 16°F -1°F 0.74 in. -
December 12°F -7°F 0.93 in. -

Cantwell Map & Transportation

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Cantwell Attractions

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