Tonglen Naturalist Walks
Join our naturalist guide to explore the local trails while you learn about the fascinating fauna, flora, geology and history of the surrounding taiga forest and mountains. Approximately 1.5 miles in distance, requiring moderate fitness. Meet in the Artisan Café.
Upon arrival at Tonglen Lake Lodge, be sure to check out our classroom for our yoga schedule. Classes also take place on the outdoor stage where the clean mountain air will help your body and mind to relax.
A Cultural History
Kianna Carlson speaks about the Athabascan Village of Cantwell, only 20 miles south of Denali, and the history of the Athabascan culture in our area. Her local knowledge, accompanied by her long family history in Cantwell, makes her an excellent resource for our guests to learn about the history of our area.
Climb Denali Presentation
Jimmie Hendricks spent years working as a wilderness guide, unknowingly building the foundation for his life accomplishments of homesteading, building cabins and ultimately climbing Denali. Join him on his journey and be inspired by Jimmie’s eloquent, yet down to earth presentation that entertains audiences from all walks of life.
The Alaskan Sled Dog & The Iditarod
Come and listen to Cali Best speak about growing up at Tonglen Lake and her experiences with the sled dogs that once lived right here! She was the youngest person to complete the Iditarod in 2003, at the age of 18.
Campfire Circle & Lawn Games
Every evening at 6:00 pm (weather permitting)
Relax on the swings around the campfire while you roast marshmallows and enjoy the company of fellow guests. This is often a time when Donna will join in to share stories that go back many years about life in Denali.
Tonglen Art & History Tour
Join owner and artist, Donna Gates, for a tour of Tonglen on Tuesday nights while you hear first-hand how Tonglen Lake Lodge was created. As a showcase of local artisan talent, Donna will introduce you to the log artistry, metalwork, pottery, stained glass, and mosaics that are all a part of the Tonglen Lake experience.
On some nights, you might find Donna in the Artisan Café where working on her original art and sharing the Tonglen story.