Best Camping near Cantwell, AK

Cantwell is the perfect place for adventurous campers and RVers. Cantwell is an adventure-filled destination for those who love the outdoorsy camper lifestyle. But it's also great for those who prefer to spend time near the city, exploring and sightseeing. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your Alaska camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Cantwell, AK (30)

    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park

    1.

    Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park

    34 Reviews
    99 Photos
    125 Saves
    Healy, Alaska

    Riley Creek Campground is a fairly wooded campground, with some screening between sites whenever possible. Most of the campground sites are open to either tent campers or vehicles / RVs. The proximity of Highway 3 means there is occasional traffic noise, but also means campers have all the conveniences and amenities of the park entrance area, and businesses outside the park, close at hand. Trails leading from the campground connect to the Denali Visitor Center, which is the central hub of trails in the entrance area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Savage River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Savage River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Savage River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Savage River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Savage River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Savage River Campground — Denali National Park

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    Savage River Campground — Denali National Park

    13 Reviews
    46 Photos
    39 Saves
    Denali National Park, Alaska

    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park

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    Teklanika River Campground — Denali National Park

    12 Reviews
    41 Photos
    57 Saves
    Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

    Teklanika River Campground in Denali National Park is a gem for those looking to immerse themselves in the Alaskan wilderness. Nestled between the foothills and the banks of the braided Teklanika River, this campground offers a unique experience deep within the park. It's open from May 20 to mid-September, making it a prime spot for summer adventures.

    The campground features medium-sized sites, some of which are back-in and others pull-through. Each site comes equipped with picnic tables and fire rings, perfect for those evening campfires. Fresh potable water is available, and the vault-style toilets are well-maintained. However, there are no electrical hookups, so if you're bringing an RV, consider packing solar panels to keep your systems running.

    One of the standout aspects of Teklanika River Campground is its location. Being so far into the park reduces travel time to other parts of Denali, and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. The campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so arriving early can give you a better selection of sites.

    For those planning to explore further into the park, purchasing a "Tek" bus pass is essential. This pass allows unlimited hop-on/hop-off access along the park road, making it easy to explore different areas without the hassle of driving. The buses can even accommodate bikes, so you can ride one way and bus back.

    Nearby Healy, about 15 miles from the park entrance, is the best place to stock up on groceries and supplies. The Three Bears store offers a wide selection and better prices than you'll find closer to the park.

    Overall, Teklanika River Campground offers a fantastic base for exploring Denali National Park, with its stunning natural beauty and convenient amenities. Whether you're hiking, biking, or just soaking in the views, this campground provides an unforgettable Alaskan experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Brushkana Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Brushkana Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Brushkana Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Brushkana Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Brushkana Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Brushkana Creek Campground

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    Brushkana Creek Campground

    9 Reviews
    45 Photos
    39 Saves
    Cantwell, Alaska

    Overview

    Brushkana Creek Campground is located at MP 104.5 along the Denali Highway. The 22-unit camping area with fire rings and picnic tables also provides three double vaulted accessible toilets, numerous bear-proof trash receptacles and food lockers, parking for vehicles and trailers, potable water, trails, picnic area with shelter, and interpretive panels dispersed throughout the site. This site is mostly utilized during the snow free season, May through September. Winter physically closes the campground road access, and it is only reached by foot, dog sled or snowmachine.__ Its location along the Denali Highway has made it a destination for travelers along the gravel road connecting Paxson to Cantwell. Brushkana Creek and Tangle Lakes Campgrounds are the only developed, public campground facilities along the 135-mile road.

    Recreation

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    Facilities

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    Natural Features

    The Denali Highway offers some of the most spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities in Alaska. For those with a heart for adventure and a little extra time, the highway is an historic and archaeological glimpse of the Last Frontier ___ wild landscapes in all directions. With planning, an abundance of camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities can be yours.https://www.blm.gov/documents/alaska/public-room/brochure/denali-highway-points-interest-brochure__

    Nearby Attractions

    Brushkana Creek Campground is located at MP 104.5 along the Denali Highway. The 22-unit camping area with fire rings and picnic tables also provides three double vaulted accessible toilets, numerous bear-proof trash receptacles and food lockers, parking for vehicles and trailers, potable water, trails, picnic area with shelter, and interpretive panels dispersed throughout the site. This site is mostly utilized during the snow free season, May through September. Winter physically closes the campground road access, and it is only reached by foot, dog sled or snowmachine.__ Its location along the Denali Highway has made it a destination for travelers along the gravel road connecting Paxson to Cantwell. Brushkana Creek and Tangle Lakes Campgrounds are the only developed, public campground facilities along the 135-mile road.https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/Maps_GeoPDF_Alaska_Denali_Highway.pdf__

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Firewood Available
    • Drinking Water

    $15 / night

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    Wildthingz Dog Mushing

    1 Review
    11 Photos
    Cantwell, Alaska

    Wildthingz Dog Mushing is the home of our professional sled dog kennel of 35 Alaskan huskies, located 30 minutes south of Denali National Park in Alaska.

    We offer 3 rentals on our property May through September, including 2 canvas glamping wall tents and 1 small log cabin.

    We are also a sled dog tour operation and offer tours to our guests for a discounted price!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Cabins
    • Tent Cabin

    $85 - $110 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cantwell lodge and private campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cantwell lodge and private campground

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    Cantwell lodge and private campground

    3 Reviews
    2 Photos
    Cantwell, Alaska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table

    $25 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Chulitna Wayside
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Chulitna Wayside
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Chulitna Wayside
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Chulitna Wayside
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Chulitna Wayside
    Camper-submitted photo from East Fork Chulitna Wayside
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

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    Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

    2 Reviews
    22 Photos
    18 Saves
    Denali National Park, Alaska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $28 - $45 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Igloo Creek Campground — Denali National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Igloo Creek Campground — Denali National Park

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    Igloo Creek Campground — Denali National Park

    2 Reviews
    2 Photos
    2 Saves
    Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

    Igloo Creek Campground is a seven-site backcountry campground. Sites can only be booked upon arriving in the park. This campground is surrounded by low mountains. The area is thickly forested, with the Denali Park Road about one hundred yards away from the campsites. Food lockers are available for campers to store all scented items, not just food. Campers reach the campground by bike or by using the park camper bus.

    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali RV Park and Motel
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali RV Park and Motel
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali RV Park and Motel
    Camper-submitted photo from Denali RV Park and Motel

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    Denali RV Park and Motel

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    23 Saves
    Healy, Alaska
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Cantwell, AK?

According to TheDyrt.com, Cantwell, AK offers a wide range of camping options, with 30 campgrounds and RV parks near Cantwell, AK and 7 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Cantwell, AK?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Cantwell, AK is Riley Creek Campground — Denali National Park with a 4.6-star rating from 34 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Cantwell, AK?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 7 free dispersed camping spots near Cantwell, AK.

What parks are near Cantwell, AK?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 3 parks near Cantwell, AK that allow camping, notably Denali National Park and Denali National Park & Preserve.