In the late Spring NPS starts trying to plow the road to Kantishna, Riley Creek is free till around the 10th of May or the season opening weekend. Minimal services are open, even outside of the Park so go prepared…
You can drive in to mi 30, Teklanika, many people take Mtn bikes and ride the road in from there…. after the Park opens you can only drive in to mi 10 and have to take a bus to go any further…
Riley has several paved loops, large parking spots at each site (easy 2x vehicles, some trailers) level tent sites and a heavy wooden table, round fire rings w/grate.
Water and bathroom facilities for each loop, trails to the nearby Visitor Center, Train Depot, etc thru the campground which is gently rolling, wooded terrain, nice amount of elbow room around each campsite…
Some May's it's 80 degrees and blistering sun, this year it was in the low 40's, mixed rain/snow….
After the Fall road lottery the road again opens to Teklanika but snow could close it at any time…
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.
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!
This was my first time camping in Denali and even though it’s the off season it was fantastic. The sites were super clean and even with a few other people there it was very quiet. You are really close to a bunch of hiking trails as well.
Within walking distance to "Glitter Gulch" and trails at the entrance to the park. We've camped there for many years and always had a peaceful nights rest. We've camped in the spring, summer and during the fall. Well maintained and sites are semi secluded. You can see your neighbors but there are plenty of trees and vegetation around to make you feel like you're secluded. Plenty of sites for tents, cab overs, motor homes and trailers depending on your preference. Fire pits available. Gets a bit busy during the peak of the season so reserve early if coming during those times. Great place to stay close to the park!!!
This is a great campground to visit Denali. The campsites are pretty close together but with enough trees to not feel too crowded. Denali offers a bus to take you from the campground to the various sites within the park. There is also a bus that will take you farther into the park, you can get on and off the bus as you want, this allows for hiking or even backpacking into the heart of the wilderness. Wildlife has the right of way and they take every chance to keep the animals wild. I used a tent site so don't know about the RV sites but there is power at the restrooms and at the laundry/shower site and a lot of people use them to charge their devices. Wateer is available at the restrooms. They have a nice little store that offers sandwiches, drinks-including alcoholic and ice cream.
This is the front country campground in Denali National Park. It's really big and has a few stores and most facilities. The campsites are assigned and we found them clean with a little teeny bit of foliage between some sites. Bathrooms were clean. However, there were people driving in/out setting up, cooking, talking all hours of the night. The sun doesn't really set during the summer and it throws off A LOT of people and they forget that they don't realize that it's late at night/early morning.
We were in a tent. It may be quieter in an RV.
Riley Creek was a nice convenient stay just within Denali NP. The sites are a little close together, but the ability to take a shower and pick up some supplies a short trail away was nice.
we spent 2 weeks there, and woulda stayed longer if we coulda. Great wildlife to see throughout the campground, close proximity to all visitors center, mercantile, bus depot, and much more. Fresh water and dump available at the merc, perfect location to explore Denali.
Riley creek is near the Denali National Park entrance. It’s also a short walk to the merchant store where you can shower or get basic essentials. Try to shower earlier in the day for cleanest showers. Showers coat $4. You must get a token from the cashier. The campground is very nice. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Tons of trees for shade and hammocks.