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.
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.
The sites are all very nice and mostly private. My dissatisfaction came from limited generator hours and shower/laundry facility hours. If you are gone all day on tours and hikes, you don't have any time at all for showering or using the generator when you return. Also, you have to pay $4.50 for 10 minutes of water in the shower. That being said, the water was hot and the facilities were clean. Shower hours are 7am - 830pm. Same for laundry. 2 hrs of generator time in the am (8-10) and 4 in the pm (4-8).
Riley Creek Campground is accessible to both tents and RVs. This is the largest campground in Denali that has a mercantile, laundry ($2/wash or dry), showers ($4.50 for 10 minutes), potable water, toilets, and dump station. There is also a free shuttle that has multiple stops including the visitor center, wilderness access center, and multiple trails within he first 15 miles of the park (to Savage River). Overall this is a convenient campground with many amenities great for all groups/types of campers.
We stayed at this campground for the Road Lottery in 2017 (if you don't know about the Denali Road Lottery, you should check it out). This campsite is probably the easiest to get to in all of Denali (just inside the park, near to the Parks Highway), has a post office, general store, showers and bathrooms, and good cell reception. The sites are somewhat separate from each other, it really varies from site to site, but there are something like 150 sites to chose from, so you should be able to find something you like. Tent areas are raised from the rest of the site, and each site has a campfire grate and picnic bench.
Be sure to be bear-safe with your food! Even as large as this campground is, we saw a HUGE bear walking down the road one morning just a few hundred yards further into the park than the campsite.
This site is probably the easiest campground to get to and will have the most access to the Denali area. If you want to camp but still want to be able to go get some brews at 49th state brewing then this is the place to be. There is also showers, bathrooms, and a little store at the campground site. This is a great stopping point for before or after a backpacking trip into the backcountry in the Park.
This campground is very well kept and scenic. It has nice size gravel areas for rv’s and a raised bed area if you have a tent. The restrooms are very clean and well located. There is a free dump station and water. There is a very clean shower & laundry building by the office. In the office is a nice selection of gifts and some groceries & delicious coffee!!
This is a great campsite near the entrance of Denali Park. Stubby taiga trees and brush separate sites but it's a busy place so be prepared for noise from traffic and other campers. No hookups. Make reservations online up to 6 months in advance to secure your spot. The Denali Visitors Center is a must see, and sign up for a bus tour if you have a whole day to spare. It's a long ride but you can get off and day hike if you're so inclined. The kennels are a fun way to pass a few hours, checking out the pups that pull the dog sleds for the National Park Service in winter.
great mountains and view