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16 Remote & Secluded Cabin Rentals in Alaska

by Arthur McMahon

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Views from the Alaska Adventures Northern Lights Cabin // Photo: Airbnb

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Alaska is enormous, and it’s only of the last few places on Earth where you can find true solitude.

Despite covering hundreds of millions of acres, there are only a few metropolitan areas spread across Alaska, including Denali, Kenai, Fairbanks to Homer. Most everywhere else is undeveloped wilderness perfect for outdoor adventure and discovery.

As you might guess, most of Alaska in uninhabited. There are remote cabins spread across the state, but most are somewhat near the state’s major attractions. Denali National Park, the Kenai Peninsula, and the capital of Juneau are among the most visited areas in Alaska.

Whether you’re looking for complete solitude out in the Alaskan wilderness or a private place to stay near Alaska’s greatest spectacles, there’s a cabin for you on this list of the best cabin rentals in Alaska. No matter where you roam in the Last Frontier State, you’re certain to find privacy and solitude – if that’s what you’re looking for, of course.

1. Ketchikan Kenai Lake Cabin

Ketchikan Kenai Lake Cabin Alaska
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Why you should stay:
Rustic-but-luxurious lakefront living on the Kenai Peninsula.

  • Nearest town: Seward
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $139/night

Beautiful, modern, and well-adorned, the Ketchikan Kenai Lake Cabin is a tale of two Alaskas. For one, its gorgeous aesthetic, large windows, and wraparound deck give it oodles of character. It’s so cute and finely decorated that you’ll feel as if you’re living in a luxurious dollhouse.

However, the fact that there is no electricity or running water means you’ll be living like a true off-grid Alaskan. The indoor and outdoor wood fire stoves will be your sources of heat, propane fuels the night lights, and the only restroom is an outhouse. It’s beautiful, but it’s wild.

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2. Alaska Adventures Northern Lights Cabin

Alaska Adventures Northern Lights Cabin
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Why you should stay: It’s right in the name: the Northern Lights are spectacular here.

  • Nearest town: Fairbanks
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $116/night

The adorable Alaska Adventures Northern Lights Cabin lies adjacent to the Tanana River and feels remote, but it’s about 30 minutes south of Fairbanks. This puts it within reach of city conveniences but far out enough down a country road to be free of light pollution for a grand display of the Northern Lights.

Sitting on the front deck with a hot drink in your hand is the perfect way to experience the lights. You can see them all throughout the year; however, your glimpses of them will be far shorter in the summer, when Alaska is only dark for a short period of time each night.

Nearby, there are a number of lakes popular for fishing and swimming during the summer. Visitors will also be near to the Chena River State Recreation Area, Chena Hot Springs, and the Aurora Ice Museum.

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3. Oakley Inn

Oakley Secluded Alaska Cabin
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Why you should stay: Relax in a spacious home on a hillside above historic Talkeetna.

  • Nearest town: Talkeetna
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $156/night

You get the best of both worlds when you stay at the Oakley Inn. It’s a large private home set on a forested hillside with its own trail system, but it’s only minutes away from the charming town of Talkeetna. It’s also about halfway between the bustling city of Anchorage and the wild wonderland of Denali. Of course, there’s plenty to do in Talkeetna without straying far, like ziplining, wildlife viewing, rafting, and panning for gold.

The cabin is adorned with pine, stone, and antlers, as any quintessential Alaskan home should have. The rental also includes tools for adventure, including fat-tire bikes that can be put to use right outside the front door.

The trail running past the house joins in with a half-day loop that travels to Christiansen Lake and the adjacent park system. These trails will also take you straight into town.

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4. Cantwell Log Cabin

cantwell log cabin alaska
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Why you should stay: A snug but luxurious guest house near the entrance to Denali National Park.

  • Nearest town: Cantwell
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $128/night

The Cantwell Log Cabin is a recently renovated studio cabin with a full kitchen and — wait for it — reliable Wi-Fi. Though it’s on a property shared with the homeowners, guests will have absolute privacy, and the entire estate lies far away from Alaska’s big cities.

The nearest full-service grocery store is 35 miles north in the town of Healy, and you’ll pass by the entrance to Denali National Park on your way there. Once you’re loaded up with groceries, though, this beautiful cabin will be complete with every necessity and convenience you could need.

“It’s a luxurious cabin-in-the-woods experience and is one of the most unique spaces I have ever stayed in,” said Airbnb guest Sam.

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5. Silver Cabin at Montana Creek

Secluded Silver Cabin at Montana Creek Alaska
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Why you should stay: Book it if sitting on the deck of your rustic creekside retreat sounds like the perfect way to relax.

  • Nearest town: Talkeetna
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $73/night

Next to a fast-flowing brook, the Silver Cabin at Montana Creek sets the stage for a true Alaskan getaway. The owners used trees from the property to build the one-room cabin. It’s warm and cozy, but you won’t find much in the way of extras, including running water.

But you will have access to a wood-fired sauna to warm up after a long afternoon of fishing and hiking. Solar power provides electricity for a few base amenities, but you’ll be off-grid living in the best way possible. There’s no Wi-Fi, but if you have AT&T as your cell provider, you should have a few bars of service. But you probably won’t need to stream anything – just sit back and watch the spawning salmon swim right past your front door.

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6. Tiny Alaska Cabin

Tiny Alaska Cabin
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Why you should stay: Acres of open meadows for prime wildlife viewing with a Denali backdrop.

  • Nearest town: Nenana
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $79/night

You might expect a remote Alaskan cabin rental to be smack in the middle of the woods, but The Tiny Alaska Cabin, however, is surrounded by many acres of open meadow. You can see for miles from your front deck or bedroom window. No passing moose will escape your sights — or coyotes, or deer, or any other of Alaska’s abundant wildlife, for that matter.

The fields are covered with snow in the winter and wildflowers during summer. Either way, its a splendid landscape with Denali’s silhouette far on the horizon. You’ll feel one with nature here.

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7. The Bear Cub Cabin

Bear Cub Cabin Alaska
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Why you should stay: A cozy cabin for two in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula.

  • Nearest town: Moose Pass
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $130/night

The Bear Cub Cabin is a stylish and modern log cabin located in the forest lands north of Kenai Fjords National Park. Nearby is the quaint town of Moose Pass, and the seaside tourist town of Seward is only 50 minutes away.

This cute cabin may look adorably modern, but it is steeped with history. It was originally constructed well over 100 years ago during Alaska’s early 20th-century gold-mining boom. The structure was completely remodeled in 2016 to give it contemporary conveniences and comforts, as well as to breathe new life into its ancient timbers. This is one of the most unique cabin rentals in Alaska if you love gold rush history.

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8. Borealis Cabin

secluded cabin rental seward alaska
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Why you should stay: A remote cabin near world-class fishing and hiking.

  • Nearest town: Seward
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $100/night

There are many reasons to stay at the Borealis Cabin, but fishing and hiking are what draw most people to this rental near Kenai Fjord National Park. The host runs a charter fishing business in the famed Resurrection Bay, so if you’re in the mood to land some Alaskan salmon, rockfish, or halibut, you’ve come to the right place. The small cabin has three beds, but none of them are entirely private.

The Borealis Cabin is also only one-quarter of a mile away from the Lost Lake Trailhead, which is one of the most popular trails in South Central Alaska. The route takes hikers across a low-mountain landscape with spectacular vistas. It’s open yeasr-round with a summer route and a winter route, and it loops into other popular treks such as the Primrose Trail and Iditarod National Historic Trail.

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9. Maggie’s Cabin

Maggie's Cabin Secluded Alaska
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Why you should stay: An iconic hand-built log cabin on the edge of Denali National Park.

  • Nearest town: Denali
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $195/night

Maggie’s Cabin is exactly most people think of when the picture the Alaskan wilderness. It’s a far north fairy-tale on an idyllic homestead southeast of the highest peak in all of North America, Denali. Could it get any better than this?

More than a simple cabin, a stay here comes with an entire package of awesome goodies. The property manager is extremely knowledgeable about the area, and his 50-acre homestead, which you are welcome to explore, is riddled with hiking and biking trails as well as a lakeside sauna and fishing opportunities.

A stay here truly is an entire experience. Despite everything there is to do on the property itself, you could also walk right through and into Denali National Park.

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10. Senny’s Cabin

Senny's Cabin Alaska
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Why you should stay: Quiet, remote, and rustic — this is a true cabin in the woods.

  • Nearest town: Talkeetna
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $54 per night

Senny’s Cabin is a quaint escape from the light and noise pollution found most everywhere else in the world. The hand-built studio cabin has plenty of windows to make the small space feel roomier than it is. It’s a short uphill hike to the cabin from the parking area, and the loft bed requires that you must be able to climb a ladder, so it may not be the best feet for older or mobility-impaired travelers.

But it is a fine place to stay for those looking to explore the area on a budget. Benka Lake is just a short walk away, and there are plenty of year-round wilderness and recreation sites. And, of course, world-famous Denali is only a short drive to the north.

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11. Sweet Seclusions Cabin

sweet seclusions cabin alaska
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Why you should stay: A fairly luxurious cabin (by Alaskan standards, anyway) near Denali National Park.

  • Nearest town: Healy
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $94/night

Offering true solitude within a sparsely vegetated section of forest, the Sweet Seclusions Cabin is an ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts to look for animals right from their front deck. Guests will have wide-open views of the open forest which surrounds them that stretches out to the distant snow-capped mountains.

Though entirely off-grid, this cabin has power and hot water provided by solar panels and a generator; there’s usually enough hot water for at least two leisurely back-to-back showers. In fact, there’s even some cell service here, which may feel like a luxury after traveling through some of the state’s more remote areas – though the outdoor Port-o-John will remind you you’re still in the wilderness. You’ll be situated about 40 miles north of Denali, making it easy to make an epic day trip.

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12. Beach Cabin

Secluded Alaska Beach Cabin
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Why you should stay: A lakefront bungalow on a 50-acre estate adjacent to Denali.

  • Nearest town: Denali
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $165/night

The Beach Cabin is operated by Adventure Denali (along with Maggie’s Cabin.) Both are on such an exquisite piece of property that booking one is more of a complete experience than it is just an Airbnb rental.

That said, all of the amazing outdoor treats that you get with Maggie’s Cabin also apply here at the Beach Cabin. This one is situated right on the bank of a beautiful lake, one of three on the property. You can swim, kayak, and fish to your heart’s content right out your front door. Oh, and you can hike straight into Denali National Park from the property.

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13. Cozy Alaska Cabin

secluded cabin rental fairbanks alaska
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Why you should stay: Spot moose in the wilderness just outside of Fairbanks.

  • Nearest town: Fairbanks
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $80/night

You can have your cake and eat it, too, when you stay at the Cozy Alaska Cabin. It’s a well-equipped and comfortable home that overlooks miles of Alaskan coniferous forest, but it’s only minutes away from the city. The airport, downtown, and grocery stores a quick trip down the road — but in the same amount of time, you can also be even further into the wilderness.

The large private deck is something every vacationer will appreciate. An endless expanse of evergreen trees is your view during the day, and the Northern Lights are a nearly nightly show in the winter that seems to performing solely for you to enjoy.

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14. The Johnson House Cabin

knik valley secluded cabin rental
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Why you should stay: A tranquil retreat overlooking the Knik Glacier and River Valley.

  • Nearest town: Palmer
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $75/night

Nestled in the woods on the edge of the wilderness, the Johnson House Cabin offers silent seclusion and epic views. It’s on a hillside overlooking the Knik River Valley and 10 miles away from any trails or town conveniences. Fortunately, this cabin has everything you need.

Though it may appear to be a rustic, off-grid cabin, the Johnson House has electricity, potable water, and an outdoor propane grill, among other amenities. The covered deck is the perfect spot to take in the awesome views, and the heated outhouse doesn’t have a bad view, either.

Moose, bear, lynx, and other wild creatures frequent the property around the cabin. It’s a short hike to the cabin from the parking area, and there’s a “moose pond” on the property where you’re likely to catch a glimpse of wildlife at dawn or dusk. it’s worth staying here for a night or two while in Alaska just to experience the wilderness, even if you stay in more luxurious digs elsewhere before or after

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15. Augustine Cabin

Augustine Cabin Secluded Alaska
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Why you should stay: A luxurious stay on top of the world overlooking Kachemak Bay.

  • Nearest town: Homer
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $150/night

The Augustine Cabin is the type of place you have to see to believe. It’s a beautiful home with a private hot tub and yard with unobstructed panoramic views of the surrounding waterways. On a clear day, you can see Kachemak Bay, the Cook Inlet, and Mount Augustine.

This is an excellent place to stay and relax the day away, just enjoying the beauty of Alaska. It’ll be tempting to never leave this wonderful abode, but the town of Homer is just down the road, meaning all of the Kenai Peninsula is yours to explore. Though the home is private, it’s near a major highway, so you can have both solitude and amazing views without having to go far to get to town.

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16. Douglas Island A-Frame Cabin

Douglas Island A-Frame Cabin
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Why you should stay: Privacy in the woods near Alaska’s most famous glacier.

  • Nearest town: Juneau
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $155/night

Rest during the evenings in seclusion at the Douglas Island A-Frame Cabin, and spend your days galavanting about Alaska’s capital city of Juneau and all of the area’s natural wonders. This cozy cabin in the woods feels utterly remote, but it’s only 10 minutes from downtown. Ice caves, skiing, and art galleries are all at your disposal.

The like-new A-frame cabin is an interesting and cozy place to stay with access to surrounding forest and shoreline of Fritz Cove, where a pebble beach and awesome views await.

There are multiple wilderness locations and parks in the surrounding area to explore by boat or by foot. Most popular of all is the famous Mendenhall Glacier. You can explore it on foot or take a more luxurious journey on an unforgettable helicopter tour.

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