Top 10 Denali National Park and Preserve Campgrounds & RV Parks

Denali National Park and Preserve
Wonder Lake and Denali

The majestic peaks and snow-covered summits of Denali National Park and Preserve are a sight to behold—when they decide to come out of the clouds. Known as the “roof of North America,” Denali rises to an awe-inspiring 20,310 feet. Enjoy the sight from one of our recommended Denali RV sites.

More than 400,000 travelers visit Denali National Park each year, most during the summer season from May 20 through the middle of September, but there is plenty to see and do year-round.

The interior of the park is closed to vehicle traffic, so you need to hike or take one of the many bus tours to see the interior of the preserve, but you don’t want to miss it. You’ll likely be rewarded by sighting some of the abundant wildlife that call the park home. Look for moose, caribou, wolf, Dall sheep, and the brown, or grizzly, bear. If you can find all five, you’ll score the much coveted “Denali Slam.”

When planning your trip, consult the Denali National Park and Preserve Website and the park newspaper. These top ten RV campgrounds offer the best RV Camping near Denali National Park and Preserve. For more information on RV trips and attractions in Alaska, see our list of Top Ten RV Trips in Alaska. To find an RV rental near Denali National Park, search through our listings here.

 1. Riley Creek Campground

Riley Creek Campground at Denali National Park and Preserve
Riley Creek Campground at Denali National Park and Preserve

Staying inside the park at Riley Creek Campground is one of the best ways to see Denali National Park & Preserve. It offers only basic amenities, but you can’t beat the location and the views. The campground is mostly wooded with privacy screening wherever possible. Campers have nearby access to all the amenities of the Denali Park entrance area.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: Camping is free in the winter and $24 to 30/night in the summer, 50% discount with the Senior Pass and Access Pass
• Number of RV Sites: 127
• Full Hookups: No Hook-ups
• 30/50 Amp: No electric
• Size Limits: Some sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: Nearby at General Store, fee
• Pets Allowed: Yes
• Dump Station: Yes, seasonal
• Potable Water: Yes, seasonal
• Internet Connectivity: Yes, seasonal
• Accessibility: Yes, several sites are designated wheelchair accessible, pathways are well-compacted gravel with moderate grades.

Why you’ll love Riley Creek Campground

Riley Creek Campground is a very natural campground with close access to all of Denali National Park. Walking trails connect the campground with the Denali National Park Visitor Center. Small animals are often seen and occasionally larger animals like moose or, rarely, bear.

Creek Campground Information

Physical Address:
Mile 0.25, Denali Park Road
Denali Park, AK 99755

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 907-683-9532

Denali Drive is at mile 237 on Park Highway

Open year-round, 24 hours daily.

2. Savage River Campground

Savage River Canyon

Savage River is part of the National Parks system and located 13 miles into Denali National Park. It is a quieter park than Riley Creek since it is located away from the noisy park entrance. If you are lucky, you’ll see moose, grizzly bears and other wildlife. Don’t expect any luxuries here, but the scenery more than makes up for it. The Savage River Shuttle provides free transportation to and from the park entrance.

 Best Features

• Daily Rates: $24 to 30, 50% discount with Seniors Pass
• # of RV Sites: 32
• Full Hookups: No
• 30/50 Amp: No
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Both
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: No
• Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Savage River Campground

Located in a spruce forest within Denali National Park and Preserve, Savage River Campground has moderate screening between sites. When Denali decides to show itself, great views of the mountain are found just a short walk from the campground. Savage River Campground is as far as you can go into the park while still using your vehicle.

Savage River Campground Information

Located between the Mountain Vista Rest Stop and the Savage Rest Area in Denali National Park.
Physical Address:
Mile 237 Highway 3
Denali Park, AK 99755
Mailing Address:
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone: 907-683-9532
Reservations: 1-800-622-7275
Reservations are available for the summer, beginning December 1. Reserve online at Reservedenali.com

3. Teklanika Campground

Teklanika Campground
Teklanika Campground

If you dream of getting away from it all—no car, no phone, no electricity, no noise—then this is the campground for you. Located 29 miles inside Denali National Park, it offers easy access to daily bus and hiking tours. There is a minimum three day stay, and once you are parked, all travel is by shuttle bus or on foot. Grab a reduced-price shuttle pass and enjoy the scenery.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: $24 to 30
• # of RV Sites: 53
• Full Hookups: No
• Size Limits: Maximum 40 foot RV or trailer
• 30/50 Amp: No electricity
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: No
• Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Teklanika Campground

Teklanika Campground is for the true nature lover who wants a remote experience. You’ll enjoy a more close-up experience with nature in the restricted area of Denali National Park and Preserve. The park is quiet and relaxing with many encounters with wildlife. You’ll delight in the fantastic scenery, friendly hosts, and nightly ranger talks.

 

Teklanika Campground Information

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755
Phone: 907-683-9532
Reservations: 1-800-622-7275
Reservations are available for the summer, beginning December 1. Reserve online at Reservedenali.com.

4. Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins and Campground

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

Located just 2 miles north of the boundary to Denali National Park, this park offers hook-ups and relaxing scenery. This privately-owned park overlooks the scenic Nenana River and the snow-capped peaks of Denali.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: $44
• # of RV Sites: 69
• Open: May 15 Thru Sept. 15
• Full Hookups: 61 sites with partial hook-ups (electric and water)
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 19 pull-through sites, rest are back-ins
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: Yes
• Pets Allowed: Yes
• Dump Station: Yes

Why you’ll love Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins and Campground

Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins and Campground is the best campground just outside of the park. It’s set in the woods and spaces are generously sized. From the campground, walk down to the Nenana River where you’ll find picnic tables and fire rings for a scenic meal or some relaxing family time. Nearby, you’ll find hiking trails, activities and a gift shop.

Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins and Campground Information

Open May 15 through September 15

Physical Address:
Mile 240 Parks Highway
Denali National Park, Alaska
Phone: (907) 388-1748
Winter Phone: Toll Free (866) 583-2696
Email Address: [email protected]
Website: www.denaliriversiderv.com

5. Denali RV Park & Motel

Denali RV Park & Motel

Denali RV Park & Motel is a good choice for RVers wanting full hook-ups near the park. The sites are close together with a few trees and bushes, but they offer a great view. Located about 7 miles from the entrance to Denali National Park, this privately-owned park is designed to give RVers a good experience.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: $48 – 56
• Discounts: Good Sam, Seniors, and Military
• # of RV Sites: 90
• Full Hookups: Yes
• 30/50 Amp: 30 and 50 amp sites available
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Pull-thru sites available
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: No
• Pets Allowed: Yes, with dog walking services available

Why you’ll love Denali RV Park & Motel

Denali RV Park is a basic RV park, and its proximity to Denali is its main attraction. It is just a short drive to the main entrance of the park. There is one trail near the RV park and fantastic views of the mountains.

Denali RV Park & Motel Information

Physical Address:
245.1 Parks Hwy
Denali National Park, Alaska 99755 (map) | (907) 683-1500
Phone: 907-683-1500
or email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
P O Box 155 Denali National Park, AK 99755
245.1 Parks Hwy (Phone: 907-683-1500
8 Miles North of Denali National Park Entrance on Hwy 3

6. K’esugi Ken Campground, Denali State Park

K’esugi Ken Campground, Denali State Park

K’esugi Ken Campground is a new campground in Denali State Park, just 70 miles north of Denali National Park and Preserve. Opening in May of 2017, it is destined to become a favorite. The site offers a full-time interpretive ranger with daily campground presentations. There is plenty to explore here, including 2 miles of hardened gravel walking trails that take full advantage of the spectacular views. K’esugi Ken Campground is an excellent place to enjoy the wildlife, scenery, and commune with nature.

Best Features Daily Rates: $30

• # of RV Sites: 32
• Full Hookups: No
• 30/50 Amp: All RV sites have Electric Hookups
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: 27 back-in sites and five pull-throughs
• Size Limit: 40 feet or smaller
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: No
• Pets Allowed: Yes, on leash
• ADA Accessible: Yes, including the 3/4 mile Moose Flats Trail

Why you’ll love K’esugi Ken Campground

The K’esugi Ken Campground is new (opened May 2017) and still under construction, but it is evident that they are making the best use of the stunning scenery. The sites are spread out, offering plenty of privacy and natural views.

K’esugi Ken Campground Information

Physical Address: Mile 135.4 on Parks Hwy
Currently the campground is first come, first served and fills up early on weekends. Reservations may be available in the near future through ReserveAmerica.
K’esugi Ken Campground is an Alaska State Park. For more information contact the state park office:
550 W 7th Ave.
Suite 1260 Anchorage, AK
Phone: 907-269-8400
TDD: 907-269-8411
Fax: 907-269-8901
E-Mail: [email protected]
State Park offices are open M-F, 8 am – 5 pm

7. Nenana RV Park & Campground

The Aurora Borealis from Nenana RV Park

The Nenana RV Park & Campground is a little over an hour away from Denali National Park, but worth the drive if your trip includes more than the Park. It is a full-service RV park in a rural Alaska setting. The town of Nenana is a native Alaskan village with a variety of small town attractions. It is a bit of a drive (75 miles) to Denali National Park but well situated for other attractions as well.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: Dry sites $20, electric only $30, electric and water $37.50
• Discounts: Military, law enforcement, and emergency personnel: 15%, Alaska residents 10%, Stays longer than 3 days get 10% off, and Good Sam 10%
• # of RV Sites: 45 spaces
• Full Hookups: No, Electric and Water only
• 30/50 Amp: 30 amp
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: All sites are pull-through
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: Yes

Why you’ll love Nenana RV Park & Campground

Located half-way between Fairbanks and Denali National Park, Nenana RV Park is a good stopping place. There is plenty for kids to do: mini-golf, visit the Alaska Railroad Depot Museum, Take the Taku Chief River Boat, visit with the Bill Cotter Sled Dog puppies, and more. You’ll also enjoy the services and atmosphere of the small town of Nenana.

Nenana RV Park & Campground Information

Open May 15 through September 20.
Phone: 907-832-5230 or 907-328-9398
Email: [email protected]
Or Make Online Reservations at: Nenana RV Park & Campground Information

Address: 210 E 4th St, Nenana, AK 99760

8. Riverside Park City Campground

Riverside Park City Campground

Just over 52 miles from Denali National Park and Preserve, this park is off the beaten-path. This campground fills up on the weekends, but you may have it to yourself during the week. The setting is rural, RV sites are spacious and walking trails are nearby. There is a sports field and amphitheater in the park, as well as riverfront access.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: $20 dry to 25 with electric
• # of RV Sites: 40
• Full Hookups: No, electric only
• 30/50 Amp: 30 amp
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Yes
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Riverside Park City Campground

Riverside Park City Campground is located in the Anderson City Park. It has a family atmosphere and is perfect for a relaxing vacation. It attracts many ATV enthusiasts on its 616 acres of ATV trails and host shooting matches on the gun range. There is a playground and sports field for the kids, and plenty of nature for everyone.

Quick Tip for this Campground: Bring cash for this campground, there is no ATM available nearby.

Riverside Park City Campground Information

Address: #1 Bluegrass Drive, Anderson, Alaska 99744

Phone: (907) 582-2500

9. Byers Lake Campground

Byers Lake Campground

Nestled at the foot of Kesugi Ridge on Byers Lake, the Byers Lake Campground offers the spectacular views that Alaska is known for. Canoeing and kayak rentals are available, but the lake is closed to motor boats to preserve its peaceful atmosphere. Located 90 miles from the entrance to Denali National Park, you’ll have a bit of a commute, but the scenery makes the trip.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: $20
• # of RV Sites: 73
• Full Hookups: No
• 30/50 Amp: No
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Pull-throughs available
• Camping Limit: 15 days
• Size Limit: 35 feet or smaller
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Dump Site: $10
• Showers: No
• Pets Allowed: Yes, on leash
• ADA Facility: Yes

Why you’ll love Byers Lake Campground

Byers Lake Campground is a quiet campground with a natural setting. The sites are separate with lots of privacy. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. You can purchase firewood from the campground host. There is a hiking trail, fishing, canoeing, and kayak rentals available at the park.

 

Byers Lake Campground Information

Located at Milepost 147 on Parks Highway.
Byers Lake Campground is an Alaska State Park. For more information contact the state park office:
550 W 7th Ave.
Suite 1260 Anchorage, AK
Phone: 907-269-8400
TDD: 907-269-8411
Fax: 907-269-8901
E-Mail: [email protected]
State Park offices are open M-F, 8 am – 5 pm
Reservations for all Alaska Campgrounds are through ReserveAmerica.com

For information about float trips, renting canoes, or a kayak, call Denali Southside River Guides at 907-733-7238 or visit their website.

10. Denali Rainbow Village RV Park

Denali Rainbow Village RV Park

Denali Rainbow Village RV Park, at just 1 mile north of Denali National Park is the closest full-service RV park. A shuttle provides transportation into the park at 7 am every morning and a ride back at 7 pm. Denali Rainbow Village RV Park is a convenient place to park while visiting the national park, but it doesn’t offer much more. There is a shopping mall within walking distance, but no on-site entertainment. Many RVers felt that Denali Rainbow Village RV Park was over-crowded.

Best Features

• Daily Rates: $48.15 Basic rate and 53.50 for full hook-ups
• Discounts: Good Sam 10% Discount, Veterans 20% Discount
• # of RV Sites: 55
• Full Hookups: 15
• 30/50 Amp: All sites have 20- and 30-amp hook-ups, with a few 50-amp sites
• Back-in/Pull-through Sites: Full hook-up sites are all back-in.
• Pool/Hot tub: No
• Showers: Pay showers
• Pets Allowed: Yes

Why you’ll love Denali Rainbow Village RV Park

If location is everything, you’ll love this park. Its close proximity to Denali National Park makes it a popular spot for nature lovers. Hookups are available, but not a lot else. This is a very basic RV park with close access to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Denali Rainbow Village RV Park Information

Denali Rainbow Village RV Park is open May 15 through September 15 of every year.
Contact Information:
Summer: PO Box 30 Denali Park, Alaska 99755
Winter: PO Box 231322 Anchorage, Alaska 99523
Milepost 238.6 Parks Hwy
Phone: 907-683-7777

Good Sam RV Parks Near Denali National Park and Preserve

Three of the parks listed here are Good Sam Parks and eligible for the Good Sam 10% discount: Nenana RV Park & Campground, Denali RV Park & Motel, and the Denali Rainbow Village RV Park.

RV Parks Monthly Rates near Denali National Park and Preserve

None of the parks near Denali National Park offer a reduced rate for weekly or monthly stays. The rates are strictly daily and vary greatly. The lowest rates are found inside the park and range from free camping during the off season months when no amenities are available and up to $30 for the best RV spots. Outside the park rates are higher, up to $53.50 for a very basic RV spot with partial hookups.

Best RV Camping Near Denali National Park and Preserve

Which campground is the best? Well, it all depends on what you want from your campground. If proximity to Denali National Park & Preserve is the most important factor, try to get reservations at one of the campgrounds inside the park. You won’t have hookups, but you’ll have a great view. If you feel that full hookups are important, but don’t mind a crowded park with fewer amenities, choose one of the RV parks outside the Park.

The RV parks near Denali National Park are nice parks but offer few other amenities. After all, you are in a rural part of Alaska. If you want more activities for the kids, you’ll need to go to one of the RV parks further away such as Nenana RV Park.

Most of the Parks listed are only open in the summer months. Inside Denali National Park, some campgrounds are open year-round but be aware that amenities may not be available. Many of the normal services are suspended during the winter months, and the weather can make conditions extreme even in the spring and fall. Do your research before you go, and have a great trip!

You also may be able to find RVs for sale near Denali of that is what you are looking for. For help finding an RV park near Denali National Park and Preserve or another location, visit RVparking.com

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