Don Sheldon House

A True Wilderness Experience – The Don Sheldon Mountain House

For the true adventurer and experienced mountaineer, the historic Don Sheldon Mountain House offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the Alaska Range. The structure sits on a 5800 foot outcrop of rock and ice.

K2 Aviation Provides Air Transport

Sheldon Mountain House LLC partners with K2 Aviation to provide all air transportation to parties traveling to and from the Mountain House.

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Reservations and Detailed Information

For more information in planning your adventure, visit the Sheldon Mountain House webpage.

History of The Don Sheldon Mountain House

The Mountain House was built by Alaskan bush pilot Don Sheldon in 1966. Using his Cessna 180 and Super Cub planes, Sheldon transported his own lumber into the Alaska Range. The structure rests at the 5,800 foot level in the middle of the Don Sheldon Amphitheater, just above Ruth Glacier and the Great Gorge. Its base is on a five acre rock- and ice-covered outcrop, and provides for spectacular views of Denali National Park.

Though initially intended to be a destination for climbers, skiers, and outdoorsmen, today the Mountain House welcomes tourists from around the world. It is currently owned by the Sheldon family through Mountain House LLC.

Donald “Don” Edward Sheldon

Don Sheldon was a famous Alaskan bush pilot, credited as a trailblazer in glacier landing techniques. Born in Colorado in 1921 and raised in Wyoming, Sheldon trekked to Alaska seeking adventure at 17 years old.

In WWII, Sheldon served as a gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress stationed in Europe. Sheldon flew 26 missions and was awarded five Air Medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Once back in the state, Sheldon founded the Talkeetna Air Service out of Talkeetna, Alaska. He made his living ferrying climbers, hunters, and fishermen to ground-inaccessible areas. Sheldon sometimes took part in civilian and military rescue operations, and was awarded an Alaska Certificate of Achievement.

Sheldon passed away in 1975.

Coming 2018 – The Don Sheldon Chalet

Don Sheldon planned to build a new structure near the Mountain House, but those plans were never realized in his lifetime. In 2018, the Sheldon family will fulfill Don’s legacy with the Don Sheldon chalet.

The environmentally-friendly structure is intended to accommodate larger, guided groups. The chalet offers 2000 sq. ft of space, and a 625 ft observation deck.