Guest Activities

Tonglen Lake Lodge has a lot to offer our guests to round out their stay in Denali.

Regularly at Tonglen, you will have the opportunity to sip gourmet coffee or an Alaskan craft beer in our Artisan Café with owner, Donna Gates, as she shares her stories of her nealy 40 years of life in Alaska.

Be sure to check our Happenings page for musical performances, presentations, art exhibits, classes and workshops scheduled during your stay at Tonglen Lake.


Monday & Thursday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Join a naturalist on local trails. Our Naturalist Guide will meet you in the Artisan Cafe at 6:50 pm.  The one-hour guided walk with leave precisely at 7:00 pm. Learn about the floral and fauna, geology and history of the area while taking in the views of the surrounding taiga forest, mountains and beauty of Alaska. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles and moderate activity level.


Tuesday night & Thursday morning, times TBD

Upon your arrival at Tonglen Lake, be sure to check our Yoga Class schedule and location. Classes are held in the classroom, in the main lodge or outside on the stage. Breathe in deeply the clean mountain air and let your soul relax.


Every evening at 7:00pm (weather permitting)

Relax on the swings around the campfire, roast mashmellows and enjoy the company of fellow guests.  Donna often joins in to share stories of life in Denali. For those wanting a more active option, we will get out lawn games for your party to enjoy - the midnight sun allows for outdoor activities all evening long!


Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm (or as requested)

Join owner and artist, Donna Gates, for a tour of Tonglen and hear first hand how this artisan lodge was created.  Built by local artists and artisans, Tonglen Lake Lodge is a showcase of talent.  Learn about log artistry, metal work, pottery, stained glass, and the mosaics that are all a post of the Tomglen Lake experience.  Touch this Artist's community and share in the story.