Alaska is the biggest state in the U.S., more than twice the size of Texas. Yet it’s the least densely populated state in America, and one of the most sparsely populated areas in the world. There’s a lot of land waiting to be explored. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out the best place to go if you’re thinking about camping in Alaska. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
Located within a short day’s drive from Anchorage, Denali National Park covers six million acres of wild, untamed land. A destination for mountaineers, explorers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts, the park is home to North America’s tallest peak, Denali—formerly Mount McKinley. The mountain alone attracts visitors from all over the world to climb its rugged peaks, ski its snowy slopes, and take in all the natural wonder camping in Alaska has to offer.
Established by Congress in 1917 as a park to conserve Dall sheep from hunting, Denali is home to all sorts of wild animals, such as wolves, bears, moose and reindeer. The park has six campgrounds but keep in mind there is no National Park Service-run lodging. But tent and RV camping are welcome.
If fishing is part of your camping experience, then the Russian River is the perfect place for you. Rated the most popular sockeye salmon stream in Alaska and one of the top-rated spots for rainbow trout, the Russian River is located on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula in the Chugach National Forest, which spans more than five million acres of raging rivers, mountains and beautiful terrain.
More than 100,000 people visit the Russian River area annually and enjoy activities such as hiking the Russian Lakes Trail, visiting the K’beq Interpretive Site—where tribe members guide visitors through interpretive walks showcasing archaeological sites, stories and culture—along with biking and boating. The campground has 83 campsites and is open from May through September.
As one of the ultimate bucket list camping destinations for campers like you, finding camping in Alaska can be overwhelming and, at times, competitive. Trust authentic campground reviews on The Dyrt to guide you through the wilderness in the 49th state.
We love staying in the Seward City Campgrounds. There are two areas for tents, but we prefer the sites on the beach. The views are good, there are park bathrooms, and if you have kids you are right next to the playground. Each site has a parking spot, a fire ring, and a picnic table. We were here in mid-May and saw whales, otters, sea lions, and a multitude of birds right from the campsites. The cost is $10 per night, check out is at noon and you can get a 10 minute shower for $2 from the bath house. You are within walking distance to downtown, the docks, and the little shops.
This campground is a three mile hike up into the mountain from the city of Skagway. You’ll end up on the shore in the Taiya Inlet. The sites are placed greatly and the view is spectacular, be weary of the wind. The hike is switchbacks for a mile, then small ups and downs until you descend to the shore. Fire pits, buckets for water, and picnic tables are there. The hike is incredible and recommend going on a sunny day after a long rain. You will run into Lower Lake along the way which also has a few camping spots.
We came here in mid-May and everything was beautiful and green. I've read this campground can be busy but it was not at this time. Everything was well taken care of and you could tell the hosts make sure everything is in order. Each site has parking, fire rings, and picnic tables (excluding some tent sites). The picnic tables are large and have spots for someone in a wheelchair. The views of Turnagain Arm are stunning! Sites cost $9.
While there are pit toilets, bear lockers and water spigots, there's not much else besides a plot of land to put your tent, a fire ring and a picnic table. Which for me is plenty! If you get there at the right time, there are a few sites with a view of the lake thru the trees. Requires a very short hike to get lakeside but the view is worth it. With access to several hiking trails, including the beautiful Eklutna Lakeside trail, bike and kayak rentals across the parking lot, and multiple geocaches, you just can't go wrong.
I love Homer this campground is right on the beach. Amazing views a chance to see whales from your tent what could be better.
This is a well maintained BLM campground. The facilities we're still closed when we came here in May, but you could still use it. All sites had a fire ring and picnic table and some had tent pads. It is conveniently located right next to the lake's boat ramp. Firewood is available for purchase here when the campground is officially open.
This is the second time I've stayed here. We came in mid-May and the facilities had just opened. We had running water and bathrooms. You can go to the Mercantile for showers ($4.50) and laundry ($4.00). This is such a great campground that we decided to stay an extra night. Very family friendly and conveniently located to everything yet quiet. All the campsites look really good and are kept up nicely. Cost is $24 per night or free out of season.
I've reviewed this campground before but found some more information about it. It costs $20 to camp here per the listing in the Milepost. I was here in May and they weren't ready for the summer camping season. No pricing was posted but the honor box is still available right when you drive in. Only one pit toilet was open in the off season and the water was locked. Bear proof trash recepticals are still available. There are 6 campsites with fire rings and picnic tables. 4 of the campsites have tent pads. There are also lots of trees where you could hang a hammock! Cell reception was spotty here.
I came to this campground in the middle of May. No one else seemed to be camping there. There were cars parked in the parking area but most of them seemed to be broke down. No one ever even acknowledged that we were there. You pay buy an honor system of filling out a white slip of paper and putting it on your dash. $20 for overnight camping and $5 for day parking. This campground is conveniently located right next to the foot bridge that goes into McCarthy. If you are tent camping you have to set up on the bare rocks. It can also get very windy. Outhouses did not seem to be set up so we drove a mile out of town to the NPS public pit toilets since they were clean and open. There are picnic tables and rock fire rings scattered around for public use. The views are stunning and I'm sure they are even better in the summer!
Came to this campground in May when they were in the process of opening it. It is in a great location near the intersection of the Glenn Highway (1) and the Richardson Highway (4). I spoke to the owner and his brother and they we're both extremely nice and helpful. They provide showers, laundry facilities,cabins, RV sites, and 4 tent sites. Two of the tent sites have pads you can put your tent on if you don't want to set it up on gravel. If you get there after hours, you can register for a site with the info in the white mailbox on the porch outside of the office. Check out their website for more info, it is very helpful! Although I could never find the rates on there.
Of course this being a prime location for tourists, locals, and others it can get pretty crowded especially during the “summer.” The views are so amazing you’ll quickly forget about your close neighbors. Walking distance to almost everything. Sunsets are out of this world.
Convenient location near Delta Junction. Excellent camping spots with jaw dropping views on clear days. The Alaska Range is breathtaking. Bathrooms well maintained. Great place stay a night or two and if you’re lucky to enjoy the Northern Lights.
Located around 5 minutes to Eagle River. Beautiful location on River. ADA accessibility. Dump station on site. Restrooms available. There is a fee and a limit on how long you can stay. It was 4 days when we were there. Trails are nearby and fishing opportunities.
Excellent location on lake offering a spectacular view. Nice campground, cozy and only offers less than 70 sites. Full hookups are available at some. Picnic tables and fire rings are available at sites. There is also a dump station and restrooms available. Hiking trails are close. As is the Mendenhall Glacier accessible from the Visitor Center
My wife and I stayed at the beluga cabin for a couple nights last July and had quite the memorable experience. The surrounding area of the campground is beautiful and located right on the Turnagain Arm. There is a nice bike path that connects through the campground that you can take advantage of for a nice bike ride or hike but be aware of wildlife. My wife and I ran into a large juvenile brown bear on the trail leading from the restrooms to our cabin. He gave us one hell of a scare as he came out of the brush 10 yards away from us and reared up on his hind legs to check us out.
Looking for jaw-dropping scenery and untouched beauty, then look no more than Teklanika River. With vast thick wooded areas surrounding you the lure of the wild will keep you wanting more. Venture out to the open fields and valleys in search of catching a glimpse of the prized wildlife that call this home.
Savage River is an amazing location in Denali National Park offering details of the river during the winter period. The river does not completely freeze leaving cracks that provide a new perception to the pristine conditions. Drive across the bridge and take a photo opportunity with the jaw-dropping scene.
I did not get to camp at Blueberry Lakes because we were driving through at mid-day, however it is definitely somewhere I would like to camp one day. This area is as you are coming off of the pass and if it is a clear day you can see mountains for miles and some incredible views of glaciers. There are some great walking trails around the lakes. I'm guessing that there are lots of blueberries here in the summer. We we're coming through in September so it was already past berry season. Do be aware that the restrooms are closed in the off season. The park is open but the facilities are unusable. This is a great place to stop and stretch your legs and take in the views on a clear day. You won't regret it!
This campground was exactly what we were looking for. It is conveniently located in town within walking distance of the grocery stores, restaurants, and harbor. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains you will wake up with beautiful views of the sunrise over the mountains. There were not many campers here when we stayed, but I think this place fills up during the tourist season and fishing season. There is also a station to clean the fish you caught. Showers are available as part of the expenses. We opted for tent camping in the green in the middle of the rv park, but they also have cabins for rent and hookups for rvs.
This is one of the most beautiful camping areas I have ever seen. We were only looking for a place to pull off and use the restroom but we were so caught up by the cleanliness and beauty of the area that we decided to eat lunch at one of the picnic tables near the falls. There are only a handful of camping sites and the bathrooms are brand new pit toilets. There is a hand pump for water across the bridge. The campground is split with a wooden bridge crossing a river flowing from the waterfall. I hope to come back here someday and actually camp here!
We got to Denali the day the park closed. We we're not planning on staying in the park but we enjoyed it so much that we decided to. By the time we drove out of the park, they had closed all of the campgrounds for the season except for Riley Creek Campground. When the park closes the campground served on a first come first serve basis and had no fees. We had a great spot next to the showers and bathrooms but they had been locked down for the season. There was still running water at an outdoor sink and a pit toilet. There is also a small bear proof public cabin that you can store all of your food in for safety. Campground has a lot of trees which were a welcome site compared to other campgrounds we stayed in. If you get to the park before it fully shuts down for snow, you can drive into the first 30 miles in your private vehicle. It is very worth it! Don't miss hiking the Savage Loop trail. Wonderful views and an easy hike!
The only reason this night turned out bad was because I insisted on sleeping in a tent even though it was raining and I got soaked. If it's raining and your tent is not equipped for it then find an alternative. We stayed in the tent section of the campground and had an incredible view of the sound and the glaciers. You are close to the bathrooms and playground in the tent section. There is a nice sidewalk that will lead you back into town. Public showers are available. Be sure to take quarters to get in. Tent sites are close together but all have a picnic table and fire ring.
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