Our History

Kennicott Glacier Lodge has been family owned and operated for almost 30 years. In 1986, Rich Kirkwood purchased the land where the lodge is located and began construction on the first 12 rooms of the Main Lodge. The lodge was completed and opened in the summer of 1987. The popularity of the lodge, and the Kennicott area, quickly grew and in 1993 another 10 rooms and a larger dining room and lobby were added on to complete the Main Lodge.

The South Wing is the newest addition to the lodge.  The first 10 rooms and common area of the South Wing opened in 2004 and an additional 10 rooms were completed in 2016. The South Wing is located 200 ft. South of the Main Lodge and features spacious guest rooms with private restrooms.

The lodge is still owned and operated by Rich and Jody Kirkwood and their two daughters Christina and Katherine.

We hope that you will join us here in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for a great Alaskan vacation.

~The Kirkwood Family