Don Sheldon, a master glacier pilot who was revered by the climbers he flew into the Range, intended the Mountain House as a modest shelter for mountaineers, skiers, photographers, and wilderness-seekers. Don tied lumber to the wing struts of his Cessna 180 and Super Cub, making numerous flights into the Gorge before he had enough materials to build the hut. It was constructed in 1966 by two Talkeetna locals. The Mountain House sits on a five acre rock and ice outcrop located at the 6,000 foot level, in the middle of what is now known as the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of the Ruth Gorge; perhaps the most scenic and spectacular spot in Denali National Park & Preserve. Alaska Mountaineering School, LLC (AMS) managed the Mountain House from 2006 to 2014. The Mountain House is now owned and managed by the Sheldon family through Mountain House, LLC. The directors of AMS, Colby Coombs and Caitlin Palmer have been guests of the Mountain House many times; we are honored to be a part of its rich history.
We are pleased to announce that the Mountain House reservations will now be managed by Mountain House, LLC. AMS is available to provide guided and instructional programs based at the Mountain House. Please contact them directly to reserve the hut for the remainder of 2014 and beyond: