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Denali National Park

Savage River Campground in Denali National Park is a fantastic spot for those looking to immerse themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Located near Healy, AK, this campground offers a mix of tent and RV sites, making it a versatile choice for different types of campers. The campground is known for its stunning natural beauty and proximity to some of the best hiking trails in the park.

Visitors have raved about the abundance of wildlife in the area. Caribou, grouse, and even the occasional bear have been spotted right from the campsite. The constant daylight during summer months adds a unique twist to your camping experience, with the river's soothing sounds providing a natural lullaby.

Amenities here are pretty solid. You’ve got drinking water, toilets, and picnic tables at your disposal. Fires are allowed, and you can gather wood from the ground, but no chopping down trees, please. The campground also offers ranger talks in the evenings, which are a hit among visitors.

The Savage River itself is a highlight, with many campers enjoying hikes along its banks. The Mountain Vista Trail is just a short walk away, offering breathtaking views and a peaceful escape. If you're into photography, the scenery here is top-notch, especially during the winter when the river partially freezes, creating a surreal landscape.

For those looking to explore more of Denali, the campground serves as a convenient base. You can hop on a bus to venture deeper into the park, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and take in the majestic views. Just remember to book your tours in advance to make the most of your trip.

In short, Savage River Campground offers a blend of natural beauty, wildlife, and convenient amenities, making it a great choice for anyone looking to experience the best of Denali National Park.

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Savage River Campground — Denali National Park is located in Alaska

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63.74000005 N
149.29400018 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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  • Water Hookups

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13 Reviews

Riley N.
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2022

Lots of wildlife in area

Drive through the site going into denali. As soon as we get there we spot caribou right at the river. It was very Smokey due to wildfires so we couldn’t really see much

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Riley N., July 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Riley N., July 17, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Riley N., July 17, 2022
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Katie B.
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2022

Beautiful Campground Near Great Hikes

We spent 2 nights and used the Savage River Campground as a jumping off point to travel further into the park. We had a our best hikes from the campground. We enjoyed hiking along the river. We were lucky to have a grouse pair come into our campsite. We also took advantage of the ranger talk that was given in the evening. The bathrooms were clean.

  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Katie B., June 21, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Katie B., June 21, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Katie B., June 21, 2022
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Angie G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2022

Denali in Summer

This campsite was in the Savage River Campground in Denali National Park, just outside the bus station for the park transit and close to the bathrooms. We had a great tent site and firepit with a large picnic table. You can hear the river flowing and it can lull you to sleep despite the near constant daylight. This site was peaceful and the Mountain Vista Trail was a short walk away.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Angie G., June 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Angie G., June 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Angie G., June 12, 2022
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Angie G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2022

Savagely Bright

My dad and I camped in B-20 for 2 nights. It’s was a great site, close walk to bathrooms, close to the water supply to refill water containers, the Mountain Vista Trailhead, and just perfectly placed. We camped in a tent under constant daylight and got down to 40s between 3-5am. You can pick up whatever wood you see on the ground but can’t cut fresh stuff. It was my first time staying in this campground.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Angie G., June 7, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Angie G., June 7, 2022
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Angie G., June 7, 2022
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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Nice Campsite

Savage river is a nice campsite that you can drive to in Denali National Park. It is also possible to see Denali from here. Mixture of tents and RVs

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Trevor H., July 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Trevor H., July 9, 2021
Lisa S.
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2019

Amazing Scenery

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.

  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Lisa S., April 11, 2019
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Lisa S., April 11, 2019
Stacey C.
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2018

Sweet campground with great amenities

This is one sweet campground, though we found it a little loud at times as some groups were staying there as well. Takes RVs and Tents. There's running water, flush toilets and a great evening program each night with a ranger. We stayed a few days would hop on the bus each day (there was a fee) to where we wanted to explore and then catch the bus back when were were done. Great experience.

Month of VisitAugust
C
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2018

Straight out of a fairytale

This campsite is stunning. It’s easily accessible, the last campground in Denali National Park by motor vehicle (the others you need to take a bus from the station at the visitors center near the entrance.) Make sure you book your tours in advance, the earlier the better! You could spend a day hiking around the savage river which is located at the end of the camp site. The site is walkable, quiet, and clean.

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Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Caitlin D., August 21, 2018
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Caitlin D., August 21, 2018
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Caitlin D., August 21, 2018
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Gillian H.
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2018

Close to tourists

You can get out of tourists views if you just keep hiking past the regular trail for the savage loop. But it will take a long while. If you don’t want to travel far into the National Park and you don’t mind hanging around more people than this is the place to camp.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Gillian H., August 1, 2018
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Gillian H., August 1, 2018
Dave G.
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2018

Always fun camping in a National Park

This was out second campsite of our 8 night Alaska trip. We were there for two nights. This campground has a family campground feel with all the RV's and family groups; not that that's a bad thing! The campground was probably 80% full, but still quiet and enough solitude. The campground is right on the Denali park road where all the shuttles and buses pass through the park. We reserved a spot to take us all the way to the Eielson Visitors Center which is a ~4 hour one-way trip from Savage River Campground. Anyone reading this and considering going to Denali - you WILL see wildlife. We saw a family of foxes, caribou, grizzly bears, a marmot, ground and red squirrels, moose, bald eagles, and a variety of other birds. There is a popular short hike from the campground down to Savage River, and the camp host told us that people see moose and bear a lot in the morning on that hike. Other things to note are: Denali Education Center (outside of the park) - we went to yoga here; Healy - check out 49th State Brewing ( they have the "Into the Wild" bus from the movie).

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Dave G., July 7, 2018
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Dave G., July 7, 2018
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Dave G., July 7, 2018
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Lynda K.
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

In Denali National Park

Large campground for car camping, RVs and tents. Open approximately May to September. If you're backpacking, you wouldn't really stay here. Get a permit and a bear canister and head out into the wilds away from the campground noise! Ranger programs per schedule.

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Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

Gorgeous scenery and great park access

This was one of our all-time favorite campgrounds! The campsite was spacious and had lots of privacy, with a picnic table, fire ring and plenty of space for a large tent. Our site backed up to woods that were filled with spongy, mossy ground coverings and "evidence" of moose presence. Our family loved exploring this area! We walked to the savage river at the back of the campground and explored this area, attended a great ranger talk and had some fabulous mountain views. We also loved the location of the campground, as we could drive our car but were further away from the crowded front areas of the park. We absolutely loved our hike on the savage alpine trail, which we took the free shuttle to get to the start and ended outside of our campground. If you have kids, be sure to check out a discovery backpack filled with activities and science kits they can use. Our 9-year-old loved it so much she asked for a science kit for Christmas!

  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Abby M., September 5, 2016
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Abby M., September 5, 2016
  • Review photo of Savage River Campground — Denali National Park by Abby M., September 5, 2016
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Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

quiet

site: spacious. private. quiet. amenities: shed to store food. rustic/basic. attractions: hiking. shuttle service. near river. lots of wildlife. I just checked out the campground and camping here if I come to Denali again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Savage River Campground — Denali National Park have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Savage River Campground — Denali National Park has water hookups.

Are fires allowed at Savage River Campground — Denali National Park?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Savage River Campground — Denali National Park, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Savage River Campground — Denali National Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Savage River Campground — Denali National Park does not have wifi.