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A photo tour group watches a young bull caribou from about 50 meters away while hiking near the lodge.

Wildlife Viewing

The abundance and diversity of wildlife in Alaska is one of the main reasons people visit our beautiful state.

Whether you’re an avid birder or more excited about the larger animal species, there is no doubt that Alaska's wildlife is on your “bucket list,” so make sure to bring your binoculars and a camera! 

The area surrounding Talkeetna to Denali National Park is such a special place for wildlife viewing opportunities, and our guided tours are the best way to get onto the tundra and hiking through their natural habitat with a naturalist guide who knows the flora, fauna, and can safely guide you in bear country without feeling nervous about actually seeing one!

While a spot of luck and a lot of patience play a huge role in any wildlife viewing opportunity, you are almost sure to see some of the animals that call central Alaska home while on one of our guided wildlife viewing trips. Animals seen from the deck of the lodge or during a day hike, just to name a few, are moose, caribou, grizzly bear, black bear, wolves, beavers, swans, ducks, mergansers, etc.

Remember that if you visit Caribou Lodge, you will not see these animals from a tour bus window.  You will not share this view with hundreds of other people all clicking their cameras and pushing you out of the way to get the best photo.  Our lodge is NOT located in a national park; it is not a game preserve. Most of the animals viewed from or around the lodge have never seen a human being in their life. Thus, the organic, special feeling you get when you see an animal in its true natural habitat is an experience you will not soon forget.

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