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Cozy Log Cabin in a Forest Setting and enjoy our Winter Dog Sled Rides

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Secluded, furnished Alaskan cabin in forest setting. Sleeps up to 4 max people

Come and enjoy the ultimate Alaskan experience from your doorstep. Stay in a rustic Alaskan log cabin and in the winter enjoy a dog sled ride from your doorstep.

Our cozy log cabin is self contained and secluded in a beautiful forest setting just outside Fairbanks in the Goldstream Valley. Only 12 miles from downtown Fairbanks and 20 minutes from the airport, the Goldstream Valley is famous for dog mushing, ski trails and aurora viewing in winter. Located only 5 miles from the local downhill ski area, Moose Mountain. In summer, the area boasts great mountain biking trails (Ester Dome single-track), access to hiking and panoramic views of the Fairbanks area.

There is great views of the pond and aurora when it is out, that you can see from the comfort of your bed in the bedroom in the winter.

Designed to give you a real Alaskan wilderness experience, the Denali Adventure log cabin was handcrafted by your host using local spruce trees. Wildlife frequent the area, including moose, fox and sandhill cranes. There are several sled-dog kennels located in the area where you will hear their occasional distant howls floating across the tree tops. Every effort has been made to make this accommodation a typical rustic and authentic Alaskan cabin in harmony with its natural surroundings.

The cabin comfortably sleeps up to 4 people with a double bed in the loft and a fold-out sofa/futon in the downstairs lounge. There is a full, self-contained kitchen. The cabin is rustic but modern. In keeping with the Alaskan tradition of simplicity and low environmental impact, the toilet is a typical Alaskan outhouse, which is located outside the cabin. There is a separate sauna and shower building 10 feet from the cabin. There is a woodstove that is used to heat up the water and the shed for your shower. In the meantime there is seating in there for you to have a sauna while this is happening.

From October to April (when the snow conditions allow), Simon also offers 1 hour dog sled rides for our guests at $95 per person. You will meet the dog team, watch how we harness them up and then ride on the sled while we take you on an exhilarating ride through the forested trails. See what our guests have said about our dog sled tours on Tripadvisor. Type in "Denali Adventures - Private Day Tours".

There is a restaurant, store/market, laundry and gas station conveniently located less than one mile down the road. Please note that sometimes in the summer when it rains too much or there is too much snow in the in winter access to the carpark may be restricted, but we will provide you with an alternative place to park to have easy access to the cabin.

Once a gold rush boomtown, Fairbanks is now Alaska’s second largest city after Anchorage. In the summer, the sun shines for nearly 24 hours a day giving you lots of time to do the many activities such as panning for gold, floating the Chena River, mingling with reindeer and musk oxen, cooling off in an ice museum, or taking a refreshing hike, or be inspired by local art galleries, museums, and historic sites.

Late August to April you have a great chance to see the shimmering light of the aurora borealis. In the winter there are host of activities such as dog mushing, snow mobile trips and skiing, as well as soaking in hot pools of Chena Hot Springs.

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Simon McLoughlin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Simon McLoughlin

I am a New Zealander who has been living in the Goldstream Valley, on the outskirts of the city of Fairbanks, for 18 years. Before arriving in Alaska, I was a keen kayaker, skier, mountaineer, and hiker..I came to Alaska in 1990 lured by wilderness,big mountains and sparsely populated areas.In 1992 my friend and business partner Chris and Ispent 3 exciting weeks climbing Denali.We added more adventure to the experience by walking out instead of flying out.

I am still adventuring 25 years on but now mostly with my 15 rambunctious sled dogs.

Simon McLoughlin purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Simon McLoughlin chose Alaska

My business partner Chris and I built this log cabin, as we wanted to offer our friends and guests the opportunity to experience a real Alaskan lifestyle.

What makes this cabin unique

We have deliberately kept the cabins simple but yet comfortable and cozy. There is no television in the cabins. We wanted to create an environment that brought you back to nature. All our cabins have a low impact on the environment. It is place to come and recharge the batteries and replenish the soul. We are also able to offer you dog sledding and snow mobile trips. You can cross country ski from outside your doorstep onto the many miles of ski tracks. There is also a ski field 10 minutes drive from your cabin.


Fairbanks Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Separate outside building with sauna and shower. Outdoor toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double bed in loft. Pullout couch in the lounge
  • Deck / Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Cozy Log Cabin in a Forest Setting and enjoy our Winter Dog Sled Rides
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay in this secluded yet accessible cabin. It was cozy and very comfortable for two of us, and Simon was the perfect host - super friendly and helpful. We took a dog sled ride with him and that was the highlight of our trip, a must do! He also let us borrow some skis so we could check out Moose Mountain down the road and we had a blast there too! Overall it was a great trip and we plan on returning in the future :)

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Krista .I am glad you both enjoyed your stay andI enjoyed meeting you both.. Thanks for your business ,and for looking after our secluded aurora pond cabin.Aurora has been out on he last 3 nights running.
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Wonderful Alaskan experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at this cabin with our guests from New York! Its very cozy and well appointed. Thanks for the great experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well thank You! Is that Leah party? Sorry I missed you all but glad to hear you all enjoyed your stay. Thanks for your bus. Simon
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  • 5 of 5

I visited during the week of the winter cold front. It was -55 when I arrived. Simon came right over to check on me. I had a great week. I walked the woods, saw the moose, saw the aurora borealis, and steamed in the sauna.

Thanks for letting me borrow the snowshoes, Simon.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing our cabin .I am glad you had a great time and stayed active and excited about the experience despite the cold snap
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Amazing cabin!

  • 5 of 5

Coming from Los Angeles, my friends and I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into but Simon and the cabin were great! We arrived on a late night flight and Simon was waiting for us to make sure we were settled in for our stay in his amazing cozy cabin. It really made our stay in Fairbanks pretty memorable from the awesome location, frozen ponds, freezing outhouse and relaxing sauna...good times all around!

- Maribel & the fellas

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and secluded

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was small and cozy. We went when it was very cold so we could not enjoy the pond or surroundings much. Beautiful view. The aurora was easy to see from the windows if we did not want to go outside. For the people staying in the cold months a suggestion might be to have a few board games. Overall a great stay. Will have to go back in the summer to take in all the cabin has to offer. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

That we couldn't stay longer was our only regret about staying at the Pond Cabin! Peace reigns here. Drifting on the little pond in the canoe, cozy alcove overlooking the pond, quiet woods - what it must have been like on Walden Pond. Cabin is just as advertised, everything works. One couldn't ask for a more gracious and accommodating host than Simon. A very small taste of what backcountry Alaska may be like, but comfortable and within easy reach of Fairbanks civilization. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Fairbanks International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ivory Jacks
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Fairbanks Golf Course
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Fairbanks Train Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ivory Jacks
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Moose Mountain
Car: necessary

We are able to offer dog sledding and snow mobile rides for a 6 mile loop per person, as part of the adventure tourism business we run between Mid October to end of April (provided there is snow on the ground).

There is a local laundromat, shower, general store, bar and restauraunt 1 mile down the road.


Rates & Availability

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

No smoking inside the cabin.
Please take off your shoes before entering the cabin. You are requested to leave the property in the same state as you found it at the start of your stay.
You will need to ask permission to have pets on the property.
There is no inside toilet only an outhouse.
There is a simple shower and sauna facility in a separate building outside the cabin
The source of heating in the cabin is a Toyo stove and a wood stove

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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