Talkeetna celebrates its centennial in 2016. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson had signed a declaration naming Talkeetna, Alaska the next district headquarters for the Alaska Railroad. A tent city sprang up as people came to Talkeetna in search of jobs. In 1916, a sawmill, general store, cigar store, trading post as well as post office opened.
Secretary of the Interior, endorsed by the President, issued a Secretarial Order that officially changed the mountain's name from Mount McKinley to Denali, the name it has always been to Alaskans.
At the instigation of U.S. Secretary of State William Seward, the United States Senate approved the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000. on August 1, 1867. This purchase was popularly known in the U.S. as "Seward's Folly," and was unpopular at the time, though the later discovery of gold and oil would show it to be a worthwhile one.
Chinook Wind Cabins puts you in the center of activity. We're one block from downtown restaurants, gift shops, pubs, air taxis, riverboats, rafting or a quiet walk a long the shores of the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers.
Talkeetna, Alaska offers visitors many unique opportunities to experience the spectacular wilderness that surrounds it. Be sure to ask us for more information about the following suggested activities:
Chinook Wind Cabins offers courtesy shuttle services to and from the train depot to our cabins. If you need transportation please contact us for details.
Climbers attempting Denali or Mount Foraker must register at least 60 days prior to their start date. This pre-registration period allows mountaineering rangers to have direct contact with climbers before they arrive in Talkeetna.
Great information on the local area, the history of climbing Denali, and related artifacts.. Watch the short film and see why this is rated as the #1 Thing to Do in Talkeetna on TripAdvisor.
A vacation to Alaska is often a once in a lifetime experience. We've provided extra resources to help you in the process. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions or recommendation.
“Very nice, spacious and immaculate”
We enjoyed our stay at Chinook Wind Cabins . The owners were very helpful and accommodating. The cabin was immaculate and clearly had just been renovated as the cabinets and fixtures all looked brand new. I highly recommend this place....
“Lovely cabin accommodation!”
Talkeetna is a tiny (and I mean tiny!) town and Chinook Cabins are a wonderful accommodation option for anyone stopping by the town for a night or two. Jane met me at the train station and I'm so grateful given it was raining hard and I had planned to walk to the cabins with my luggage!....
“Great place to stay in Talkeetna”
We stayed at Chinook Wind for three nights while we were exploring Denali National Park. We stayed in the Hunter cabin, one of the two-story cabins. The cabin was very nice!....