Campground has 3 pay coffin type showers, and small restrooms that are overused with so many campers. One of the two toilets in the men's restroom was backed up and not fixed in a timely fashion. Laundry is expensive. Outlying outhouses are disgusting. Although we stayed in a tent cabin, which was down a steep hill with a poor trail, we normally travel in an RV. Rv spaces were close together and short. They had the RVs crammed into every possible place, making maneuvering difficult. Roads are narrow. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
This campground is 6 miles south of the park. Most campgrounds in this area are that far out. We were told they had free WiFi. You do, for 1/2 hour for your entire stay. If it is one day or one week, you get 1/2 hour. Cable TV is via your antenna, and it does not come in. The spaces are not long, but it was empty so we had room. The office staff does seem new and does not speak clear English, so don't expect help on the area. We ask if we could have a later "checkout" and were told we would have to pay a 1/2 day rate to do it. They were more concerned about the bus tours they have, staying in their hotel here. Bus's were in and out a lot. The sewer dump is set up so you have to back into it. Not possible with our 40'. We would not stay here, but the National Park next time. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were placed in pull through site number 32 which did not turn out to be a pull through. The equipment was on the wrong side of our 36 foot trailer and we had to back out more than 100 yards upon leaving. It appears that this park should be restricted to small rigs only. It is far too small and tight. Even the dump station was misplaced. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very convenient to Denali National Park, six miles. Two nice hiking trails across the bridge off the Nenana River and a fairly well equipped grocery store. Prices in the store on the high side. Bring mosquito spray, lots of them when we were there in June. Shower facilities I have seen better. Front office staff poor, they seemed to be student interns. Could not answer many of the questions we had and no one around to help answer them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campground was very convenient to the National Park as well as clean and pleasant. My teenage grandaughters didn't think there was quite enough to do, but Grandma disagrees! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Had a nice back-in site in the trees which was nice. Electric & water with a dump station on site. Men's room was out of toilet paper two days in a row. Tried to take a shower once but the water never did get hot - perhaps too many people took showers in a short period of time. Tour bus into Denali picked us up from the campground which was very nice. Some sites allow campfires, some didn't. A couple of nice hiking trails close by. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Considering the area, I'd give this park a very good rating. The sites were nicely spaced out and clean, the staff was engaged and friendly, and the park was only 6 miles south of the Denali main entrance. There are two closer RV parks to the entrance, but I'd consider them way too tight and over crowded. If you're doing a drive through (one or two days), this is the place you want to be. If you're going to stay longer, take a closer look at the state-ran camp grounds inside the park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
We enjoyed our stay, the back-in sites were a little small and we were not in a big rig, but they were nicely separated from their neighbors by trees. There was a bit of highway noise, but not bothersome to us. I think the previous reviewer made a typo when giving the distance from Denali National Park entrance. It is 6 miles rather than 26. The office includes a small gift shop area, limited grocery items and liquor. The laundry was clean, but only available in afternoon and evening to guests. At the other times it is used by staff. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 5 / 10 ]
We had to stay here a couple of days until we could get into the National Park campground. This park is about 26 miles down the road from the National Park. Its nothing special, very busy, sites are close together and its very dusty and close to the main road though it sits down in a valley. The employees are very nice and helpful and will do just about anything to help. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is just a narrow, tight parking lot. The wifi is almost none. Hard to connect and stay connected. Office staff is not friendly or helpful. We made reservations in January for August. Received confirmation for 2 sites with full hookups. About a month before arriving we received info that they made a mistake and they did not have full hookups for us. Our site was barely long enough for our rv and not even close to level. Turns out 6 rvs traveling together called and we were moved to other sites. When we come back we will not be staying here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here July 16, 2014. The lady that checked us in was very friendly. Quiet time is a joke. Sites are so tight that late arrivals wake neighbors up simply because of difficulty backing in and hooking up. Sites were entirely gravel and very narrow. Plus it was all muddy and severe potholes. Extremely tight everyone was just packed together. Barely 4' between vehicles. If you had your shades open your neighbor could wave to you, Conditions so tight. Wi-Fi did not work during the entire stay for anyone in our immediate area. The place is really dirty and it looks like people live in the out lying RV's. We will definitely not be staying here again. It is way over priced for being packed like sardines and it cost $4.00, each for a load of wash and dry.. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A simple gravel parking lot with hookups. The advertised cable hook up did not work. The WiFi was difficult to connect to and if I was lucky enough to get connected; it was at a speed so slow it was nearly unusable. I clocked their internet at an average of 1.2mbs. When I spoke to them about this they admitted that the two 20mbs servers were not enough to support the 80+ sites. They thought that the guest shouldn't be using it so much and didn't think they needed to provide better service. I would leave but they will not refund me for early departure. I strongly recommend going elsewhere. This place will not be able to provide you with all services promised. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had reservations for two nights. Quiet time is a joke. Sites are so tight that late arrivals wake neighbors up simply because of difficulty backing in and hooking up. Sites were entirely gravel and very, very narrow. Barely 4' between vehicles. Conditions so tight we had no place to park our tow vehicle. When we asked staff about parking of tow vehicle and reported that WiFi was not working, we received sarcastic response with nasty attitude from female staff at desk. Said nothing can be done. Wi-Fi did not work during the entire stay for anyone in our immediate area. It appears that the focus of this park is on caravans of large motor homes. That half of park comprised of extra large sites and WiFi that worked. Would not stay here again. There are too many other RV Parks along the highway between Anchorage and Denali. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Ugh. What a dump. RVs crammed into a gravel parking lot behind a strip mall. Two bathroom stalls for the entire park, same with showers. We would have been better off parking on the side of the highway. We saw nicer looking parks as we left town. Once again, we were in a caravan and had no choice. Bummer. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We signed up for three days (no refunds) when we arrived fairly early, before the crowds came. This is a gravel parking lot capable of having about 40 sites. But they had 85 sites cramped into it. Fortunately, we got there early in the day, so, although we had to wait for someone at the dump station to stop blocking one road, we were able to maneuver around the semi truck parked immediately behind our site delivering to the adjacent stores. And only one neighbor was already there. By moving tables and using caution, we were able to get our slide out. But the second and third days, there were adjacent pickup trucks that blocked our way out because they would not fit in their site and our toad was out in the park. We managed to squeeze the toad in, and simply waited until our neighbors left in the morning to get out. And if that was not tight enough, a caravan of bog rigs came in and blocked most of the two interior roads. WiFi and hookups worked; they had showers. Not much more to say. If you really, really love your neighbors, stay here. We won't again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Dump says it all, poor location behind shops with rooms for rent above. Tight, tight, tight sites. Cable didn't work. Wi-Fi a joke 100 feet from the office. Some rental trailers occupied by employees are the junkiest sites in park. We were parked by one and had to move when they started a camp fire 5 feet from our RV. Won't return, even for a free site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Park is the closest to Denali Nat'l park if you are to big for park. Staff was very friendly. Walking distance to a lot of shopping and eating. Very nice area, glad we were too big for park. Sites are close and EVERYTHING is dirt and dusty. Don't leave your windows open. Cable TV was all snow. When I asked about it, I was told it was normal and as good as it would get. Restrooms were very small and always full. Restrooms/showers were nothing to be desired. Would stay again due to the area, not the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Terrible place to stay. Just a gravel/mud parking lot, behind a strip mall of shops. Rental units which border the campground were full of young kids who partied all night long. Very noisy. Do not stay here. Nice, quieter place about 5 or so miles down the road, and it is cheaper! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Staying here is all about the location, not what the campground has to offer. The sites are narrow, barely wide enough to support dual side slides in side-by-side sites. Some sites aren't very level, off enough that my air leveling system could not level my coach. They have two water systems, one well and one trucked in water. Our water was just fine. A couple sites that they made full service should not have had sewer due to the length of the run. Our site was just fine. You are 1 mile from the national park, right next to the shops and eateries. This park is as good as the parks that are 10 miles away. I would stay here again, even with its short comings. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were here in a caravan, so I cannot be sure of the cost per night. Located right in the middle of the commercial area of Denali, this park is convenient to everything, but it is very tight. We had a 30 amp and water hook-up, no sewer. It is noisy, because it is behind a strip mall and next to a rafting company. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Big feature is being located in town and being able to walk everywhere. Park is your basic "parking lot". Sites are tight for big rigs though manageable. Will need bottled water, but I heard water was poor everywhere in this area. Wi-Fi was fast, but signal was dropped frequently. Owner and staff were very friendly and appear to care about their park and customers. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
As full time RVers for seven years we have stayed in many campgrounds. We do not have a problem with primitive campgrounds or natural surroundings such as grass or gravel lots. This was the worst campground we have ever seen. Upon a recommendation from a stranger we made reservations sight unseen because the Denali Park campgrounds were full. We wedged our 38 foot motor home up against the back of the shopping center since that is where the full hookups were. Once you back into the site to be able to hook up to water and electric, the sewer is on the wrong side and near the front of the RV. I had to laugh when I saw that the picnic tables. Situated between the lots they had 2 numbers painted on them. You have to share a table with your neighbor. With about six feet between campers, a fire pit is placed beside the table. We didn't have the nerve to have a campfire that close to the RV. The water was unusable. It had been heavily chlorinated and then apparently baking soda added to try to counteract the bleach. It soured the coffee creamer and blew the top off a shaken protein mix drink. This was one of those laugh so you don't cry situations. Find a gravel pit to stay in, but save yourself the headache and the money. The price just added insult to injury! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was our third and fourth nights camping in Alaska and getting adjusted to paying for a gravel spot jammed up with other campers. We had good hookups but no internet, even though they claim to have internet, the signal is way too week to be picked up. The boardwalk of stores was literally behind our back bumper (great for access to tours and shops and activities). The water here was something else! A previous post on this site refers to the water ruining their coffee cream and they are NOT joking! What the heck is wrong with the water? We had to buy expensive bottled water here to use in cooking/ drinking. It quite literally curdled the coffee! Warning: before going to the Denali area, buy any and all possible things you may want because everything here was very expensive. The pay showers are very short timed. The host was very pleasant. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is probably, without a doubt, one of THE worst parks we have ever stayed at. The spaces are FAR TOO SMALL. It's like they tried to cram an extra 20 spaces into a lot that didn't have room for it. We weren't even able to park in the spot we paid for (full hookups) because there wasn't enough room for our trailer to fit with the tip out extended. Because the other surrounding units had their tips out, we were left with not enough space to open ours (I've never been in a park where that has ever been an issue. Literally, there is less than 4 feet between units), so we were put in an elec/water only space (and weren't offered a refund for the difference). The showers you have to pay for (in addition to the 43 a night you are paying to look at garbage cans and the back of stores. The ONLY advantage of this park is that all the souvenir shops are 20 feet from your door. There is NOTHING for children, I actually consider it to be pretty dangerous for them as there is tons of through traffic, no place for pets to do their business (like I said, they tried to cram 20 extra spaces in this place when there wasn't room) other than in your RV spot or in the middle of the road and the water was AWFUL. I just took a shower in our RV (because I refused to pay for a 5 minute time limit shower) and I feel like my skin is going to crack from the water hardness. We've stayed at the one a couple miles up the road on the bluff and it was a million times better than this one. Even with the distance to "town" a much better deal and much better park in general. This one will be forever scratched off our list. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This park has full hookups and 50 amp and free Wi-Fi. We elected to get 50 amp electricity and water but no sewer since they have a dump station. The sites are on dirt and gravel so it is a bit muddy when it rains. You get a picnic table and fire ring but there is hardly enough room between the sites for these. The water is pretty foul tasting but that is true throughout the area. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The location is great: especially for the women who might want to wander through the gift shops. You are only a mile from the entrance road to Denali. We would come back again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Good access to shopping boardwalk. Water quality not good. Water curdled the cream in my morning coffee. Didn't use the showers as they require guests to pay for shower use. Good access for large RV's. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I should have read the previous Reviews! The park is a parking lot behind stores on the Parks Highway. The views consist of garbage cans, retail store backs, and cars driving through the area thinking that they can get access to either the stores or the gas station at the south end of the "campground." There is no security and we found the water to be distasteful. A better choice would be 2 miles north to the Denali RV Park which sits right on the river. This has been an EXPENSIVE lesson teaching us to check this site before committing to a long stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A conveniently located park, but the setting is unimpressive; it is located on an open patch of dirt directly behind shops and restaurants. After paying more than $40 per night, we were quite surprised to find out that we had to pay extra for showers ($2 for one 7-minute token). The potable water was very, very hard and was periodically very tinted with iron (rust), so we didn't drink it. There are other parks in the area that may not be as close to "downtown" Denali, but are much better rated. We would not plan to stay at this park again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at this park for two weeks. We chose this park as it was the closest to Denali National Park. We where given a back in site which was large enough for our large 5er and MDT (water & Electric) . The problem is the Denali Raft Adventures is located to the north end of the RV park. This company tends to use the RV sites for their customer parking, and their large buses with raft trailers block in the RV sites. We asked the personnel working in the RV park office for help and they did nothing about it. If you stay at this RV park don't let them put anywhere near the Denali Raft Adventure company. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Had to use our water pump as the water pressure was so very low. Sites are not big enough for a big rig and they are so close together you can just about touch the rig next to you, and your tow vehicle sits out so far we were afraid of being hit. I would not recommend this to anyone. The Denali National Park has very nice sites but no hook ups but we wished we had dry camped rather than staying here and paying the outrageous price. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Take note of previous reviews. If you usually go for full hook-ups at this park it is advisable to forsake that option and go for water and electricity only. The "deluxe" sites offered are at the back of the shops. Sites too small for a 34ft motorhome and impossible for big-rigs. Also employees from the shops use this area at night to congregate after work to chat. I had to go out at midnight and ask them to be quiet as I couldn't sleep. Were booked in for 4 nights but left after two and wouldn't go back. Office staff unhelpful, had no information on area and when I asked if Fairbanks was a nice town was told "well, they've got a Wal-Mart"!!! There are no stores to speak of between Anchorage and Fairbanks so stock up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Best feature is closest to Denali Park. Right in the middle of the Denali Commercial District. One mile from Park entrance. Walkable in good weather or via free shuttle from hotel across highway. Park is all gravel. Showers are pay type with tokens. Hard to operate and each token was of short duration. Average shower probable would cost $3. I would think twice before returning. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you don't mind parking really close to another rv, then this is the park for you. The only thing this park has going for it is location and cable. Walk out your door and into the back door of the gift shops. The employees could be more customer friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a very crowded campground, they managed to squeeze us in but we felt like sardines. Overall the location of the park was good, the showers however were not. At $3 for a 6 minute cold shower, the value was not apparent. The lack of abundant bathroom facilities and the overflowing dumpsters are the main reasons I would not return to this park. We camped here in a Tent.
We were here with a big-rig rally: 27 of us. We all fit in, barely, around the huge boulders protecting the utility posts. All pull-throughs in our area, but we had to unhook first. Glad we had a parking committee! All side-by-side hookups, no 50 amp, nor water, nor sewer in our area. Close to walk to shops and tours. Our internet satellite worked, but the park has wireless. Showers cost $2; there were water hookups near the coaches, but one guy said there was no water. We like this type of open, graveled camp better than one tucked under the trees, but it wasn't great. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very poorly maintained. Our slide almost touched the slide of the motorhome beside us. Signs were misleading and most big rigs had to back up after going into the office to check in. Generally, it looked liked management just did't care. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is nothing but a construction site behind a mini mall! It was very noisy and we did not feel safe. People(construction workers, mall customers, etc)walked agmonst the RVs at all hours. There was hardly room to extend a slide out and no room for awnings, steps, etc. You shared a table and fire ring (tire rim) if there happen to be one at the your site. No place to walk your pet. Hose, wiring were on top of the ground, and trash put with construction debris. We reserved 2 nights, but left early after only 1 night. This park was the most expensive of 2 months trip! Don't waste your time or money! We camped here in a Motorhome.
There is not much to add to the previous reviews. This is a situation where the owners are trying to maximize the use of this small property during their short season. As long as they have customers they can continue to do so. There is absolutely no effort made to make this more than a cramped gravel parking lot. I gave it a three because of a lady staff member walked our elderly dog while we went on the 12 hour bus ride in Denali. So I'm taking that as a good sign that she did a good job. When I mentioned to the manager that their park had poor reviews she responded that "nobody reads those reviews." We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were backed up against the shops. Sites aren't very level, lots of noise, and people walking through your site to get to shops. Shops employes walk through your site dragging trash to dumpster. A semi parked in front of our rig for 2 hours starting about 7 am to unload merchandise for shops. There was lots of throwing stuff around in box truck, banging and obsessively noise. We couldn't get out of our site till they left. I had a dental emergency and needed to leave for Anchorage a day early, but their policy is no refunds whatsoever. It is convenient to the park that is the only reason I gave it a 3 We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park gets a 3 only due to its location. The office staff was nice but everything else pretty much stinks. The campground is small and cramped. We had a back in sight RIGHT behind the strip mall. We were 5 feet or less from the trash cans of the business behind us. Our neighbor was about 6 inches from a large propane tank. It was also loud late and very early the next morning due to the businesses behind us. We stayed one night because we wanted full hook up before going into Denali with no hook ups. We would have never stayed otherwise. I just want others to know what they're getting in to. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is on a bluff that has a generator for it's electricity. Your clocks will have the wrong time. Ours were about 20 minutes behind the correct time the next morning. Good thing we used our cell phone for the alarm. They do not have cable TV as they state. If you go just down the road a couple of miles you can get all services for less money. This place is a joke. If we had not been in a caravan we would not have stayed here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I gave this a 5 because I felt the price was way too high for what they offered. $40 is on the high end of just about every park in Alaska (aside from Homer spit) and they generally have FULL services. This had no TV or cable, showers were coin op (a quarter for so many minutes) no septic. Nothing really other than electric. (That is run off of a generator, so make sure you have surge protection.) That being said, it's one of the nicer ones in the park area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Campground is about a mile from tourist central, which makes those facilities convenient, but not right on top of you. CG is dirt and gravel so there are small puddles when it rains. Electricity is from a relatively quiet generator which runs 24/7. Showers cost 75 cents for 5 minutes. No sewer - only a dump station. Work campers run the office - very friendly and nice. You can park on a bluff overlooking the river (which has rafts of tourists floating by)and the Alaska RR on other side of canyon (3 or 4 trains per day). Very scenic and convenient to Denali NP. About TV - they have a satellite dish and they rebroadcast about 6 channels over the air on cable frequencies. Hook your TV to your antenna but configure it as if you were watching cable and you can receive the channels. This is a good place to stay to visit the park. It has the basics you need for comfortable camping. If you are the kind that needs to be entertained while camping you won't like it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not sure of rate, we were park of a caravan. This park is a good base for seeing Denali. There are a couple of other parks in the area, but they are even worse. As posted before, the electric is very spotty. We have a surge protector that protects us. That is a must have, not just hear but pretty much everywhere north of the lower 48. We could not hear the generator from our spot and had a great time the 3 days we spent in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is big-rig friendly, is three miles north of the Denali National Park Entrance. The electric service is weak; they have generators, but as the number of RV's increase, overloads occurred and one generator shut down. It took 30 minutes before the owner arrived to start the bigger one. The staff was very helpful and cooperative. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I was disappointed in the campground. The individual showers, of which only two were working, were old looking and dirty. The showers in the restrooms were completely closed and unavailable. They indicate that they have TV, but we were unable to get any reception at all. The campsites were designed so that two camping units share an outdoor space which does not allow for privacy particularly when the family in the other camping unit is outside constantly. We felt very exposed. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Gravel parking lot, no grass. We were traveling with kids and we were parked next to river. Pretty sight, but the river was down at the bottom of a cliff and there were no barriers for the kids. Scary. They also have a huge, loud generator running in the park 24 hours/day. The water for our hookup was nasty, full of iron. So much so that we were warned not to use bleach in the laundry. We were supposed to spend 4 nights here and we left after one. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Right on the highway just north of the park. Clean, wonderful owners, nice gift shop. Laundry very clean and pleasant as were showers/bathrooms. Full but quiet except for some highway noise which did not bother us....it was cool so windows were closed. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park convenient to Denali Nat'l Park. Very good Wi-Fi. All services worked well. Nice folks in the office. Right off Hwy 3, so some road noise during the day. We would return in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Everything that the previous reviewer said is spot on so I won't bore you with the same information. I will add however that the Wi-Fi is the best I have seen in Alaska. On my last visit to this area, I stayed at the RV park in the commercial area. I may have been convenient, but can't hold a candle to this RV Park. I would definitely stay here again We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here a total of 3 nights. This RV park backs up to a mountain range, so the view is beautiful. Not a whole lot of trees in the park, but the sites are level and wide enough for slides, and there are pull-throughs as well as back-in sites (which are easy to get into and out of). The staff are very helpful and friendly, and the office stocks souvenirs and Denali National Park jackets, sweatshirts and t-shirts that are very reasonably priced. Best of all, they offer dog walking -- twice a day for $10 -- so if you're taking a day-long bus tour in Denali, you don't have to worry about your furry friend. I can't praise this place highly enough - I'd definitely stay here again and recommend it if you're visiting Denali Nat'l Park. They're about 10 minutes drive away and it is definitely the best of any of the campgrounds outside the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although this park is several miles form Denali National Park, but based on our options, it was worth the drive. The office staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The sites were back-in and a little tight, but doable. The front office had very upscale gift items, which was a pleasant surprise. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The pull throughs were very tight and I actually backed into ours. The bathrooms were clean and a lot of them. You will need tokens from the store for the showers.The sites were level. The small store had very good items but the staff would not wait on you. The hook-ups were located about mid way on the site. It is a good park to stay in while visiting Denali and can accommodate large rigs. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here 5 nights, and it is the best RV park in the Denali area. Located 8 miles from the park, it is quiet. We were given a pull-thru space. Roads and sites are gravel. Sites are close together, but we put our slides out with no problem. Sites aren't long, but in fairness, Denali has very little flat land, and our site was level. The manager was very nice and gave us information. Hookups worked well, and cable TV and WiFi were excellent. We had 4 bars on our Verizon phones and data worked, too. We didn't hook up to the sewer because it is in an odd place, by the front left tire, and our hose wouldn't reach that far. It is right by the highway, so there is noise, but it didn't bother us. We slept throughout the night with the windows open and didn't awaken once, but then we were really tired. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Managers were great - personable and helpful. Water good, electric stable, cable OK, WiFi great (a little slow on the up-link but this is common in AK), gravel sites reasonably level (and not the usual "messy" gravel), sewer a little bit "uphill." Restrooms/Showers clean, neat, and 'supplied." Laundry has four new high-efficiency front-load washers - four dryers. "Pay" showers might put some campers off, but we've seen this business model quite often up here - no problem with it. Owner apparently still "investing" in this property, else it would not be in the good shape it's in now. It's about six miles to the Denali Park entrance - five and a half to the commercial stuff near the park (South). Mile and a half North to Healy - 49th State Brewery - try the "Smoked Marzen." Nice tourist area near the Park - but it's nice to camp away from the hubbub and touristy stuff. Based on what we saw elsewhere, we'd DEFINITELY stay at this place again (others were veritable parking lots and trash-bins). Bring mosquito netting - unless there's a breeze, they'll be a bother, even as dry as it is here (as is the case all over AK). Rate reflects the Good Sam discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The folks who run this campground are very nice and helpful. Sites are narrow but plenty long for a 40' motorhome and toad. Utilities worked well and were properly placed. For us this made a great one night stay. The price is high but the closeness to Denali was worth it for us. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rate reflects a 10% Good Sam discount. We stayed at this park because we could not get into Riley Creek Campground, our original plans, in Denali National Park. It is about eight miles from the park entrance. We had seen it on the way to the park and it looked much better than the alternatives in the area. The couple running the park is incredibly nice and helpful. It was an extremely hot day and we did find a site with a little shade, but most sites are in the open. The power was strong and there is basic TV cable. They have Wi-Fi but we could not get it to work for us. Our Verizon Data MiFi worked OK so we did not need the camp Wi-Fi. Our Verizon phone had a strong signal. The site was very small, but not a problem since we have a small motorhome. The park is fine, except for the proximity to the highway. It is right on the very busy highway with lots of noise, even though we had a site further back and with some vegetation. Even with that, if we wanted a full-hookup site near the park we would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed 3 nights. Park is typical of many Alaska private parks. With a 40ft MH we had just enough room for slides but we were comfortable after setting up camp. The pull-thru had full hook ups with 50amps and worked great. The WiFi was very good. The staff was very friendly. We were happy with the dog walk service at $10/2 walks during the day. Think the dog was happy also. We were glad we opted for this park after seeing what the other private parks in the area had to offer. We would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects Good Sam discount. This park is your basic park -- there is little shade and the sites are close together. When we were there it was not crowded, so we had plenty of room, but when the park gets full it will feel cramped. However, it is very convenient to Denali NP and that is why we stayed. All of the services worked very well, including WIFI. The hosts were very friendly and helpful, and they even offer a dog walking service where they will come to your RV and walk your dog twice for $10. This is especially useful when you are taking the bus ride into Denali NP and will be gone all day. All in all we enjoyed our stay here and would definitely stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great spot away from the hustle and bustle of the Park and all the cruise hotels and hubbub, but not so far as you can access what you want. The sites were a bit close together but people were quiet and not much in and out traffic to disturb. The trucks on the road were a bit loud. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Showers did cost though. The best part of this campground was the trail options that were awesome to walk “spirited” dogs. The staff was very friendly and views quite nice. We would recommend this over all the Denali area campgrounds. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great Park ! Nice big sites and very quite. The location is far enough from the chaos of Denali, but close enough to come and go easily. Only drawback (like the rest of Alaska) is the hundreds and hundreds of rental Class c coaches that come and go at all hours. There is some road noise, but it was not problematic. Hosts were wonderful to talk with and knew the area. They were there whenever you needed something, but never bothered you. They booked a glacier flight tour for us that saved us a couple hundred dollars from anything we could booked. Only reason for the rating is I compared it to the resorts in lower 48 that we have stayed at. By "Alaska and Canada standards", I would give it an 8. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 4 nights and enjoyed the town. This park is typical for most RV Parks on the road. The pull through and/or back-ins are large enough for our 40' and 4 slides. Yes, the room on the left, was tight, but it left plenty of room on the passenger side of the coach to have a table and chairs. The staff was more than helpful. The Internet was perfect and cable TV had a good choice of channels. The price we paid reflect a change in their charge, due to date, as they will be closing mid Sept. We would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here four nights while exploring Denali. Loved the full hook-ups, The location is close enough to Denali but far enough to be out of the craziness. Yes, sites were not large, but those are hard to find in Alaska. Our dogs were happy with the walking areas. We were quite happy with the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very tight sites here. Many Caravans use this as a stopping point, so it sells out in the peak season. Good location to visit Denali Park if you don't want to dry camp inside the park. There is a nice walking trail for pets that goes quite a ways through the brush and trees. Interesting though, the campground's location must be in a funnel for wind. Both nights we were there the wind howled all night long. So much that I had to bring in my bedroom slide just to be able to sleep. Leaving the park and driving a few miles down the road and there was no wind at all. I may try dry camping inside the park next time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
About 8 miles north of the entrance to Denali: on the side of the road. Nice setting but sites somewhat unlevel and pull throughs narrow. Good hookups; fast and free wireless internet; limited cable TV. Laundry room very clean. Nice gift shop on site and very friendly people!!! Dog sitting offered for $10 per dog per day, which made it nice to enjoy one of the long shuttle trips in Denali National Park without worrying about our dog. Would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Way too crowded. We had little space to park our motor home, much less the car. With revised space allotment, it could be a very nice park. Coin-operated showers, fabulous view and an easy drive to Denali Parks. Unfortunately, because of spacing, we will not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an excellent RV park just north of Denali Natl Park. Beautiful views of the mountains all around the RV park. Very friendly and helpful staff that works here. We would recommend Denali RV Park to everyone. We had a great time visiting the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is the campground to stay at in the Denali area. It is 7 miles from the park entrance, but away from the madness of the heavy tourist area. The park managers are very helpful and friendly, and the prices of items sold in the park store were very reasonable. Sites were a little tight, but not unreasonably so. Wi-Fi was excellent. There was some road noise, but because of the mountains and river that would be the case at all area campgrounds. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Typical gravel sites but has shrubs separating sites. 7.5 miles north of Denali NP entrance. Close to Copper Center (Denali Princess hotel) for gift shopping, etc. As with the other northern RV parks we've stayed at, tannins turn the water orange/brown/yellow. Totally non-toxic, just an FYI. Right on Hwy 8, 18-wheelers & Harleys day and night. However, after a long day of sightseeing and shopping... Not too many other options, though. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We have stayed here two nights and will add another so we can spend more time at Denali Park. This RV park is one of the nicest in the area and features level and fairly spacious spaces. Very nice and knowlegable office staff. Clean laundry room with generous hours. We are eight miles north of Denali Park entrance; the office staff can help with Park info and reservations for various activities. Nice views! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This RV park is about like the rest of the RV parks in BC and Yukon. We stayed two nights as we wanted to visit Denali and hopefully see Mt. McKinnley. The lady and her husband who manage the RV park were extremely nice and accommodating. They will also do dog walking for $10/day. This was a big plus for us as it took us from early morning to late evening to go to Denali NP and return. Would stay here again for sure. Main reason was the advantage of the dog walking service. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park outside of Denali, really liked the location, plus the staff was friendly and helpful. Our site was wide enough but barely long enough, it was tough parking the tow vehicle. A large caravan came in while we were there and blocked off one whole street making it very difficult for us to leave in the morning. Thought that was very inconsiderate of the caravan group. We would return to this park if we were in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The fee for staying her is certainly reasonable. There is a choice of pull-through or back in sites. It is 30 amp with picnic tables. They office staff is friendly and helpful. If you stay 7 nights the 8th night is free. they have excellent cable reception. Denali is 11 miles away and it is easy this as your homebase. Be sure to eat at Salmon Bake in Denali. Their halibut dishes (halibut and chips, halibut cheecks and halibut tacos) are outstanding. The 11-hour bus ride into the park offers great opportunities for viewing wildlife. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed 3 nights. Eight miles from Denali Park entrance but well worth the drive. Best campground we saw in the Denali area. Good Wi-Fi and clean restrooms. Good check in experience and the staff was helpful with things to do in the area. Spaces a little tight but manageable. We had a back in site and our 40ft rig fit OK. Would definitely stay again if in the area. We highly recommend this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice clean campground; friendly staff. Sites are somewhat close but not as bad as some other campgrounds we've stayed in in Alaska. There are some immature trees that will provide some privacy someday. There is some traffic noise from the Parks Highway, but not too bad at night. It was only a 15-minute drive from the campground to the visitor's center in Denali National Park. We would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here one night so we could have sewer hookup. We would have stayed here more but were locked into another campground. This campground is about 6 miles away from the park entrance, but most campgrounds in the area are this far away unless you stay in the park and dry camp. The staff was really friendly! The sites are close together, like most parks in the area, but their are beautiful views of the hills out back. The sites are level and services are good. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rate is for 30 amp FHU back-in site. Roads and sites are on the small side, plus park was quite crowded due to a big rig caravan. Gravel and dirt roads and sites. Was able to connect to Internet satellite. Cable TV at the site. It is located a distance outside of the town and on the opposite side from Denali NP, so it requires a good drive to see or do anything. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here in our 33 foot 5th wheel and it was very easy in and out, plus our pull-through site was long enough to easily accommodate both the truck and trailer. The big problem here was the water: because of the iron in the water we were advised to run the hose for 15 seconds before hooking up but even after running it much longer it never ran clear and tasted bad. Two of the three nights: the highway traffic was loud most of the night. Our site was level, Wi-Fi worked but was very slow, and there was cable TV. The park wasn't very full and sites appeared to be assigned with an empty next to most people which was very nice. We'd made a reservation the first of the year and had to pay in full at that time. Upon check-in we were told even with the end of the season rates ours was $3 per night less and the extra night we were requesting would be at that lower rate we'd been charged. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
All-gravel interior roads and sites with a mix of pull-through and back-in sites. Tight for big rigs, which will only fit in the pull-throughs. Electric (30 amp) and water sites are available, and a dump station is located behind the office. The overall terrain slopes up away from the road, so leveling can be an adventure. Friendly and helpful office staff. Popular with caravans, but we were able to get two big rigs without reservations in for several days to do Denali. Free Wi-Fi. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Clean, things worked as expected, while the pull-through we used did not have sewer the dump was in a convenient location. As mentioned some road noise from the highway but not overwhelming, but we were reasonably far back. Good location away from the tourist area yet close. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a good campground to use as a base to see Denali. It's located about 7 miles north of the Denali entrance. The interior roads are gravel and in good shape. Our pull-through site was gravel, level and almost long enough for us to park our truck. It's an easy in and out and there is adequate space between sites that is mainly bushes. No trees and very pretty views of the surrounding hills. The entire campground is well maintained with a friendly and helpful staff. The bathrooms were very clean. Water pressure at our site was a little low. Good Wi-Fi reception and cable TV got about 8 clear channels. We also had no mosquitoes here. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were here for 2 nights. The sites were large enough for most rigs to park plus park their pull vehicle beside them. Gravel interior roads and sites with some grass at some sites. Combo restroom and shower rooms were very clean. They did require tokens (purchased at the office) for showers. Staffers were friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Cable TV and WiFi worked very well. The truck noise from the highway did get loud at times but didn't keep us awake at night. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very friendly staff, and very helpful with information on Denali. We had a full hook up site that was a back in. The site was level, but short. We had to park our truck across the road. The roads and sites are gravel. Great views and about 7 miles outside the Denali. A good base to visit Denali. They offer no discounts. If you need hook ups, this is the place to stay. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Campground is approximately 8 miles north of the Denali Park entrance after passing through small unincorporated town. Sites were level and unshaded. Showers were very clean and private. $3 for 5 minutes and hot water was plentiful. Staff were friendly and helpful. As this is early in the season, some maintenance was underway, such as sign repairs. Store / gift shop was not open as stock was not on-hand. We stayed two nights and I would stay again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Gravel sites with some grass. Very friendly and helpful staff. Dog walking service for fee, if you go on long tours of Denali. We got satellite reception. We would return We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Attractive location a few miles outside the park; reasonably level sites, although the pull-throughs are a bit narrow. We had no room for chairs or grill outside because of the bushes used to separate the sites. The pull-throughs are electric and water only, and the water pressure was low enough that we had to use our water pump to be able to take a shower. Campground showers are $3 for 5 minutes -- very expensive. Dump station is awkwardly located and can block some sites if there is a line. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It rained while we were here, and the site had deep puddles all over. A couple of loads of gravel would have made the park much nicer to stay at. The buildings were run down and poorly maintained. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Great park for where you are. 7 miles north of the park entrance. A wonderful little restaurant about 2 miles north of the rv park-great bumbleberry pie. Everybody was very friendly and went out of their way to help us. Would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed 3 nights and were pleased with the staff, clean restrooms and showers. There was satellite TV at our site (limited channels) and WiFi was free and worked well. We would stay again and recommend to anyone. They offered a pet walk service while we toured the park ($10.00). We camped here in a Motorhome.
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Clean restrooms & showers(metered). Gift shop. Would use again. We camped here in a camper.
If you have a big rig and want to stay in Denali National Park, this is your only choice of the 5 campgrounds - but it's a lovely one. We stayed 3 nights here, and would have stayed longer, but like most national parks, the campground has no hookups, and our house batteries were dead. We paid only $12 a night because we got the senior rate, which is half the normal rate - but even without hookups, $20 or $25 is definitely worth it. Lots of trees, plenty of peace and quiet, wide level sites (but if you have a big rig, not many sites to accommodate you, so call ahead for reservations). There's a camp store within walking distance with supplies, ice and treats, and there are bathrooms (pit toilets, but clean) interspersed throughout the campgrounds. Showers are available - we didn't use them, but we heard they're clean and no limit on how long you shower ($4 including towel). I love national park campgrounds, and this one was definitely a special place. Even my "What, no hookups?!" husband agreed he would come back to Riley Creek. We have a 40 ft RV and would return in a heartbeat. By the way, if you go to Denali National Park, definitely take the shuttle bus to Eilsen Visitor Center - the view of the mountain is spectacular! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very busy campground. When you pre-book, you are not assigned a specific site; as we arrived closer to 6pm. It took us quite a while to find a spot large enough to fit our 24 ft trailer as many of the large sites had already been chosen by tenters. Wash houses have flush toilets and sinks are fairly clean. There was a good ranger presentation in evenings at the ampi-theatre that was very interactive for the kids. It costs $4 to shower at the main store, but you get a nice almost fluffy towel to use. The shower room was well maintained although the showers weren't super clean when we used them at the end of the day. Steady line up to use the 4 or 5 sets of laundry machines, but at least they have Wi-Fi to use while you're waiting. Don't forget that if you camp here, you also have to pay the National Park Service entry fee on top of the camping fee. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Located near the entrance of Denali National Park. Very close to the general store, showers, laundry, and dump station. A resident moose wandered through camp the 2 nights we stayed there. We will definitely stay here again when visiting the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects senior access pass. We originally reserved Savage River, but it wasn't open - too much snow. Even Riley had one closed loop and the middle loop was snow covered. We picked a site in Bear loop as it had less snow. Basic dry camping. The dump was frozen, though they had it open before we left. We stayed two nights. The loops are well planned and the park staff very helpful. Showers at the check in store cost four bucks. We camped here in a Motorhome.
My usual complaint to high for dry camping even for NPS. Very nice campground, nice interior roads plenty of room. Even though I thought it was a little high priced I would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We spent four nights here. It was a great base for exploring the park. The bus stops at the campground. The campground was neat and clean. There were ranger programs and walks available. The best halibut and chips we found in Alaska were at Denali Nat'l Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Riley Creek for 3 nights. We were a little ahead of the crowds in Alaska so we had no trouble at all without reservations. Very nice NPS campground. Got to see moose in our campsite, not just in the campground, in our campsite. Very clean. Store prices a little high but then it is Alaska and took almost everything we needed. Would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Reservations were challenging. It took the staff 4 times to finally get our reservation correct using all three methods (online, phone, in person). Staff was not friendly and did not provide information. Berry picking options from campsite. Relatively quite. Generator hours: 8-10 am and 4-8 pm. $4 for showers (includes towel). Laundry facilities are available. Small store is located on site. The 1st and 3rd loop contain more large RV sites. Numerous level sites available. Three dumps stations are available. Four potable water hoses are available. Expect un-experienced sani station Class C users. The free shuttle bus stops at the campground. Pit and flush toilets available. We would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Loved this campground. For a U.S. national park, it was one of the nicest in which we have ever camped. We knew going in that there was no water or electricity, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was a small gift/convenience store with some limited groceries (which weren't overpriced) within walking distance of our camp area. Furthermore, we had cell phone service there and OUTSTANDING Wi-Fi service. There were also electrical ports around the covered patio where everyone was plugging in cell phones, camera batteries, and using Wi-Fi, plugged in. The showers were $4.00 - but that included a towel for the price. Bathrooms were very clean. It was surprising to find such nice amenities at a national park. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
Great walking trails, easy access to the visitor's center, staff were all really nice and very close to beautiful scenery. There was a moose and her two calves bedded down in the site, which was nice as long as you know not to go near them. Spaces are semi-private with lots of trees and easy access. Would definitely use again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had reserved three nights but left after two. The campground has three loops: we chose the loop farthest from the store but realized quickly that it's closest to the highway. We could hear trucks braking and cars all night. Also, there is a lot of plane and helicopter noise as well. If we ever go back, we'll stay deeper into the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
First class National Park campground. No hookups, but very large, well spaced campsites. Lots of trees, good roads, fairly level gravel campsites (some leveling required at our site). Our 35' Fifth Wheel fit nicely in an "A" site. Get there early for best site selection - you pay at the Mercantile then go select your site and hang your receipt on the post. Wi-Fi available only at the Mercantile or the Grill near the Visitor Center. Would absolutely stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Riley Creek Campground is what we expected of a National Park campground. There were no hookups but the sites were wooded with vegetation between sites to offer privacy. The ground is covered with spongy moss and berries. Fall was in full swing at the first of September and the trees were golden with beautiful white trunks of the Aspen and the ground vegetation mainly red. Berries were in abundance. Each site had a table and fire pit. We registered on arrival at the Mercantile where we found that there were showers available for $4.00 for unlimited hot shower and Wi-Fi along with cell phone coverage. You paid for the shower in the Mercantile and were given a towel and key to enter your shower. They had benches for convenience in storing supplies separate from the shower area. We chose Riley Creek due to its location near the entrance and near the bus access for our tour to Kantishna which is 92 miles on gravel road into the park. I would highly recommend the trip as we saw all the "big five" and others on numerous occasions. Our driver/interpreter truly loved the park and accommodated both sides of the bus being able to see the many sightings of wildlife. There is complimentary transportation for campers within the first 15 miles of the paved park road. A visit to the kennels is a must to view the dog sledding demonstration. The visitor's center with its film and displays is informative. We enjoyed the campfire program on raptors in the park. My only complaint is the plane and helicopter noise near the entrance but we were aware of that before choosing the campground. There was not a kiosk for collecting fees for the park but we were charged in our reservation. There are so many well maintained hiking trails within the campground leading to all of the facilities. There was no need to crank up the RV during the entire 3 night visit. I would recommend if coming from Anchorage stopping in Talkeetna and flying over Mt. Denali with K2 Aviation. I strongly recommend it and also a glacier landing. The view of Mt. Denali from land or air is just breathtaking! I have now completed visiting in 49 states and camping in the last of most of the national parks set aside in this beautiful country. I will never forget the inspiring visit to Denali National Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a four day visit. CG hosts OK'd our using an unreserved Handicap site so our 40' MH would fit. The other Category "A" sites (40' RV's) all taken by smaller RV's, despite our reservation. Category "B" sites are for shorter RV's. Our VZ aircard worked fine here. Riley Creek Mercantile nearby has good Wi-Fi, showers, small convenience store. Denali post office is nearby. Good location to get your bearings about Denali NP. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wooded sites with lots of room between them. Varying lengths on sites. Divided into A sites for long rigs, and B sites for shorter ones. Good water and septic dump. Only negative was the noise from road construction and helicopters one and two miles away at the entrance. So we moved to Savage CG afterward. Then there is Denali: fabulous. Get there early with a big rig, or maybe you suffer! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
It seems the park has raised fees a lot since last year. We paid $28 to stay here, plus $4.00 for showers. The camp provides few services: laundry, Wi-Fi at the store (not at sites), showers for a fee. The camp was nice, but too expensive. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If there was electric and water I'd give this campground a 10! A lovely campground, with spacious sites, trees and shrubs to offer privacy and very quiet and clean. I thought $4 for a shower was steep but since the site was only $12, I can't complain. Enjoyed our stay very much. I highly recommend. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is at the entrance to the park. Sites are very limited for big rigs. Our 40' motorhome and car would fit into about 15 sites which are all in the "Bear" loop. The sites are well separated with vegetation and this was a great place for a base camp to do the many entrance area hikes and ranger programs. We kept busy for 4 days and then moved to Mile 29, Teklanika campground for 5 days. There are flush and vault toilets and coin showers and laundry are available next door at the Mercantile. There are no hookups but there is a dump station with water fill. The campground is ope all year but limited facilities Sept-May. Sites are $14 for tents, $22 for RVs up to 30' and $28 for RVs up to 40'. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice quiet family campground. Strict rules about what can be left outside, generator hours are very limited - 8-10am, and 4-8pm I believe. Rules are enforced, CG is toured often by hosts and NPS rangers. Makes for a very quiet, very clean campground. Sites are very wide, easily accommodate big rigs and slide-outs on both sides. Sites are divided into A, B, C - denoting length/type of site. If you reserve an A site for a long rig, you will get an A site, they have dramatically improved their reservation system. Reservations do not guarantee a specific site, nor do they mean you will get 2 sites side-by-side if you are traveling in a group. Be there early for prime spots, and remember you can pick up and move to another spot during your stay if a better one becomes available. And if you think your 34' rig will fit on a B spot near your buddy's site, just talk to the front desk in the Mercantile, and they'll let you move to a B spot. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed there for five nights. The park is a little dusty from the RVs driving around looking for a camp site. Other than that is was a nice campground. The sites were rock, large and easy to back in a large RV. We had a 34 foot RV. There was is free shuttle service to various other locations within the park. The free WIFI was available at the mercantile. There was laundry, shower and food supplies at mercantile store also. I have a Golden Eagle National parks pass so we paid the $14 per night otherwise it would have been $28 for the A size camp site. We liked the camp ground and would stay there again We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The price reflects the Golden Pass Discount. We reserved a site for our 35' motorhome however when we arrived mid afternoon we found most of the longer sites were once again occupied by smaller rigs that could easily have fit in sites not as long. On the plus side the campground was very clean and quiet and the Wi-Fi reception at the office worked well. The Riley Creek mercantile is very expensive. It seemed everything was twice the normal price so bring what you feel you will need for food. We are self contained but I did look at the shower prices and felt they were expensive. Overall we enjoyed our camping experience. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice no hook-up CG near the entrance of Denali NP. We had site #32 (we reserved a site for 31+ ft RV's) it was double wide so we could park our toad next to the RV. Bear loop had more longer sites and we thought they looked a bit more level than the other loops. This was a terrific campground near trails, the visitor center, the wilderness access center, the restaurants and the shops just outside the park. Price reflects Inter-agency Senior Pass. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While more civilized and closer to park activities than Savage River, Riley Creek still offers a great wilderness setting. Sites are designated as 30 ft or less and 30 ft or more, you must choose a size when making reservations. Site selection, within size category, is first-come first-served, so arrive early. Several of the 31 ft plus sites looked awfully short to me and no one was policing site selection to prevent someone with a 30 ft or less reservation from snagging a 31 ft plus site. The nearby Mercantile offered showers, internet, groceries, and supplies, but the prices were outrageous; try to bring whatever you need. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Despite the lack of hookups, and no access to running water or dump station for a few days due to camping there right as they opened for 2006 in mid-May (pipes were still frozen), this was probably the nicest place we stayed in Alaska. You pick your own spot based on whatever's available as you drive around. Nice level sites, each with a picnic table. Quiet. Restrictions on use of generator were just fine (mornings and evenings for a few hours each). We had a moose sighting right outside the campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice large level sites. This is one of three loops for camping right in the park. This campground is kept very clean and its quiet. We stayed for 8 days. Within walking distance to the store, laundry,post office,trails. Just a real nice campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice dry quiet campground 15 miles into the park. We preferred this to Riley, due to the noise from the park entrance. Moose and grizzly bears and other wildlife passed through the CG. Has a good view of Mt. Denali when it occasionally emerges. Be careful of the large pull through sites. The curve of the site and the 4x4 timbers along the edges can fool you. I should have backed into mine, rather than pulling in. Wound up moving the 4x4 just to park. (Shhh!) Rate based on Golden Age pass. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We loved the short walk to the river and the nearby hiking trails. Of course, none of the campgrounds in Denali have power or water, but the scenery more than makes up for the inconvenience. We saw beautiful sunsets, and there was almost no sky brightness and plenty of wildlife. We saw snowshoe hairs and a vole near the river. The campsites were closer together than I liked but still private. They had back-in sites for shorter rigs and a series of arc-shaped pull-through slots for longer rigs. Our pull-through was not very level, but it was easy enough to get in and out of. The flush toilets were rustic but clean. Bear-proof trash cans were located at the sites, and there was water available nearby. It was not really wilderness camping, but you did feel as though you were out in the middle of the wild. Our campground host was very friendly and helpful, and a ranger gave a lecture two out of the three nights we were there. The one downside of our location was that it was a long drive to everywhere. The only showers and the dump station were at Denali’s Riley Creek Campground at the bottom of the mountain (15-20 minutes away). The laundry room at Riley Creek looked excellent, but we didn’t use it. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Sites of varying size, and levelness. One loop (half?) are pull-through sites and the only ones that would accommodate bigger rigs. About 30 minutes from services: visitor center, store, dump, etc. While because of the smaller number of sites, the 'activity' level may be less than Riley. I really didn't see much of a difference, you're parked in the trees at either. You can catch the shuttle every 30 minutes, after departure, you have 30 minutes to access any services: arrange/change shuttle etc. You might even get cell service at the entrance, can't remember. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Difficult to get reservations, but well worth the effort. Outstanding wilderness setting. Site selection is first-come first-served. We arrived early so no problems finding a site for our 29 ft 5th wheel. If you are big and arrive late you could have problems. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
You might ask how can I rate a park with no hookups and no amenities a 9? LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Where else can you walk 1/4 mile to the river and watch grizzly bears eating berries for $12 a night? Several sites are large enough for big rigs. Some privacy between sites with ample room to open slides and awnings. Read the rules for Tek on the Denali NP homepage as there are several things you need to know prior to arrival. No problem catching shuttle buses at the bus stop. Rangers presented educational programs every night while we were there and camp hostess and her sons are super friendly. If it is raining plan on getting your RV very dirty as at least 15 miles of the road is dirt/gravel. No problems traveling the road but it is NOT paved. Saw moose going in and coming out from Tek. We stayed 4 nights which was perfect for us. We waited out a rain day and a cloudy day to have a day with 6 hours of clear view of the mountain. We will be back in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground! Two loops with some sites very near the river. There is some vegetation space between the sites. Very clean rest rooms (vault toilets) and convenient water stations as well as food-fuel storage areas. Very pristine area. Abundant wildlife in area. Good hiking on the river and in adjacent hills. Good ranger shows in campground several times per week. Great campground host! Friendly and helpful! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The rate reflects a National Parks Senior Pass 50% discount. This campground requires some advanced planning and you do need reservations, but it is worth the effort. There is a three day minimum at this campground to reduce traffic on the park road. We stayed for four days and wished we had booked for five or six. The campground is 29 miles into the park, with the last 14 miles (on a good gravel road) requiring a special permit. There is drinking water at the campground, but not for filling tanks. Fill your tanks the another campground, just inside the park entrance. Also dump your tanks as there is no dump station at this campground. We drove into the campground early on our first day. We had been told that we could not go in early, as checkout was not until 11:00, but the ranger at the checkpoint did not give us any problem when going in early. We drove very slowly getting to the campground to enjoy the view and look for wildlife. (No luck on large mammals). There is supposed to be a host at the campground, but there was not one when we camped there. Once you go in, you cannot come out until the end of your stay. You will want to make for sure you get your bus ticket (TEK Pass) before you go in. Book early if you want to get one of the early buses into the park. The great thing about staying at this campground is that you eliminate about an hour of bus travel in going into the park. You get a firm reservation for your first full day, and then you can travel on the buses on a space available basis into the park, but not out of the park. The campground is nicely laid out with some separation and privacy between sites. We had no phone or data Verizon service. If visiting Denali again, we would definitely stay at this campground again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground has approx. 10 sites to hold big rigs if they are available when you arrive. The sites are spaced in such a way that your neighbor maybe close but it doesn't feel like they are on top of you. Mosquitoes are pretty heavy at the campground, however they are horrible at the bus stop to go further in to Denali. (bring spray & mosquito nets for head) This is a great location to hop on the park bus because you are about 1 hour and fifteen minutes from the park entrance which saves you 2 1/2 hours when going to the rest of the park. Private cars are not allowed beyond Teklanika campground. The park buses take you the remaining 56 miles to the various stops. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It was nicer than expected for a crowded camp in a secluded area. Although the sites are quite close, there is some vegetation (little spruce trees) for separation and the area is gorgeous. The restrooms were new (2011) and very clean. We stayed there at the beginning of August and it was quite cold, specially during the night. Make the reservation quite in advance as it is normally full booked. From the campground you save one hour one way in your trip further into the park so it is worth it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was a wonderful camping site, right on the Teklanika River. Primarily it was so nice because it was the campground that was the further-est inside Denali that a person could take a vehicle and camp. Although people can camp at campsites that are further into the park, they must pack all their gear and ride on camper buses and basically use back pack camping. At Teklanika there were RVs and tent campers. Also, when you camp there you purchase ONE "TEK" pass which allows you to go further west on a shuttle bus EACH DAY that you are camped there. It is a really good financial deal within the part to use for shuttle transportation. This type of camping is like camping in U.S. Forest Service campgrounds- quiet and peaceful. There are no showers available at this campground, so use them at Riley Creek before coming to Teklanika. There is a minimum 3-day camping time at this time. We wished we had stayed longer! We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This is the "end of the road" campground in Denali, at least as far as you can drive your own rig (30 miles into the park). It's a dry camping option, but the campground has very nice vault toilets so you won't fill up your blackwater tank needlessly. Water spigots are available, but not to fill your freshwater tank. The sites are level and far enough apart that the sites have some separation from the neighbors. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Generator use or vehicle idling to charge house batteries is limited to 8-10am and 4-8pm each day. You must stay here 3 days minimum (or at least pay for 3 days when you register). The only time you can drive back towards the entrance is when you leave the park. When you register, be sure to also request a "Tek Pass", it's a bus pass for the park shuttle system that will take you further into the park for sightseeing and animal viewing. You pick a destination to visit your first full day in the park. You will have a guaranteed seat on the bus that day, the Tek pass is also good each day thereafter for space available bus seats. When you leave the park, there are a group (4) free dump stations/fresh water fills at the Riley Creek Mercantile at the park road entrance. The mercantile also has a store, showers, and a laundromat. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A three night minimum stay is required so plan ahead. Be sure to purchase one shuttle bus ticket for each person in your group before going to the campground. Have the shuttle ticket(s) stamped as a Tek Pass so that you will be able to ride the shuttle buses on subsequent days at no additional charge. The campground is beautiful and we would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Denali National Park. There is a campground host available with radio access in case of emergency. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Big rigs can fit into many sites. There are only 4 pull-through sites and are not for big RVs. There are "semi" flush toilets: a glorified vault toilet, but were not kept clean. There is a 3-day minimum stay with no driving your vehicle after you're parked at the campsite. Towed vehicles are not allowed but can be left in the park's long-term parking lot. Dogs are allowed but definitely cannot be left unattended or you'll be asked to leave, so keep in mind if you plan to take the shuttle bus for critter-seeing. There are water spigots but no dump station or water fill. The dump is at Riley campground at the park's entrance. Come fully prepared as you will be at the remote Mile 29 with no facilities. The campground is open approximately mid-May to mid-Sept., weather dependent. The convenience of hopping on the shuttle bus whenever you want to explore the inner park is an added perk. You do need to purchase one daily bus ticket but then additional days of riding is free. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed 7 nights in this CG. A 3 night minimum is required. We think this is the only CG to stay in when visiting Denali. The convenience of using the shuttle busies to get around is great. Make sure you purchase the Camper bus pass when you make your reservations. There is water available and the new toilets should be completed for the 2010 season. The hiking is great, whether on the few established trails or cross country. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We really enjoyed our stay in this campground. It was nice and quiet, and had wonderful hiking opportunities. There is a Forest ranger presentation every night which was informative and interesting. Right now they are working on fixing the plumbing for the toilets since it was messed up with an ice flow this winter. They did have porta-potties available. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
No hook up campground at about mile 30 on the road into the park. The CG was noisier than you'd think it would be given it's remoteness but I guess there's no outrunning noisy neighbors this time of year. It looked like they were allowing tent campers again in this CG. The very best thing about this CG is the drive to and from it on the park road. We loved being able to drive our RV at our own pace, we took it very slowly and had terrific wildlife sightings without being crammed into a bus with 50 other people. Loved it. Price reflects Inter-agency Senior Pass. We camped here in a Motorhome.
You have to get special permission to stay in this campground and you have to stay the minimum of 3 nights. Its very nice but this is boondocking at best. There are streams and flowers and wild life. Very beautiful. Worth the special rules and regulations to stay there. We camped here in a Motorhome.