Camping in Alaska

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Alaska

About Alaska Camping

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.

Recent Reviews In Alaska

1262 Reviews of 711 Alaska Campgrounds

Connor M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2021

Great spot during the shoulder season

I've only ever stayed the night during the shoulder seasons, and not during the prime tourist rush. The spots are decently sized and the tent spots have a tent pad that is level and root free! In the height of the tourist season it will fill up completely and feel kind of closterphobic with how…

Month of VisitMay
Tyler R.
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2021

Good place to explore

Decent campground with amazing scenery. Be sure to bring bear spray!

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Month of VisitSeptember
Tyler R.
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2021

Simple but great

Great place to stay for a few days while fishing. We only slept here as we spent most of the day fishing and it was perfect for our needs. It wasn't crowded and we had everything we needed.

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Month of VisitAugust
EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2021

Wilderness next to town

Great wild camping spot close to town. Beautiful views of Nichols Passage. You can often hear the blows of whales as you sleep at night. There is a fire ring and a pit toilet.

Month of VisitOctober
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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2021

Clean up the phone

Need space on phone

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Month of VisitJune
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Windy night

Nice

Month of VisitOctober
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Beachy alaska

Perfect

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JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Foresty alaska

Perfect

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Month of VisitOctober
Matthew R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2021

Beautiful yet primitive campground

The view of the bay here is beautiful, but come prepared beforehand as the only convenience here is outhouses. Theses may not be open in the fall or winter because people usually only camp here in the summer.

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Month of VisitJuly
SJ D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2021

Great cabin tucked in old growth

remote cabin in wilderness This cabin is cozy, but get dark at night. Highly recommend to bring fairy lights for inside and a file for the axe. Heads up very limited resources and LNT principles are highly encouraged. Enjoy!

Month of VisitNovember
Ash N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2021

Awesome Park.

I love this park in the street here all the time. I am local and it’s still a beautiful getaway. Incredible views and great tent sites.

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Month of VisitOctober
Petr B.
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2021

Great views and free

We came just after a snow and the views were amazing and the animal sightings many. A little primitive but really a welcome surprise up so far north.

Month of VisitOctober
SJ D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2021

Great tent spot by town

Beautiful views of the ocean, recommend an extra tarp above and below for when it rains. Very close walk to town.

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Month of VisitOctober
SJ D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2021

Gift on a sunny day

Beautiful park and campground. During busy months this place will be packed but on the shoulder season I had almost the whole campground to myself. Clean facilities, AT&T cell service as good as in town when in the day use area

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Month of VisitOctober
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Reviewed Sep. 16, 2021

It’s a good place

Campaign was great

Month of VisitJuly

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