Sue, while Iron Creek Lodge has a campground, the lodge has been closed for several years, at least 4 I believe. It is for sale, $675,000cnd, was the last price I saw on the real estate listing. Not a bad price, if a person wants to get into the Alaska Hwy roadhouse business and has lots of money to spend. LOL It is one of the newer lodges, that I have seen listed being for sale. Suspect it meets most of the new government codes that seem to be giving some of the older places problems in compliance.
I have always been interested in knowing why this lodge was named what it is named. Just before you get to the lodge, there is a hill and the creek at the bottom of it is called Irons Creek (with an S on the end of it} but the lodge doesn't have the S. Who knows? The Milepost claims the creek got it's name from the early day construction crews/truck drivers, stopped here to chain up, before pulling the hill in winter time and they referred to their chains as "tire irons". Hence, it became known as Irons Creek.
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Joe, you're right. I was thinking of Coal River and wrote Iron Creek. Coal River lodge is undergoing various changes each year, also for sale last I saw, but is usually open each summer. Fuel prices are usually extremely high there but it is a decent stopover.
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Laird hot spring is a must for me. Sooth by back. There is a parking area across the street from the cg if the cg booked solid . Last time there the parking area was nearly full come morning.Also, I think the Denali Hwy is a must, but we spent 3 days crossing it. 100 miles of dirt, but beautiful and unspoiled.
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