Denali State Park RV & Campground Guide

Alaska

Denali State Park

is located in the southern portion of Alaska, situated between Fairbanks and Anchorage. It is also located on the south eastern border of Denali National Park and Preserve, covering a total of 325,240 acres. The area’s landscape varies from meandering lowland streams to alpine tundra, while the Curry and Kesugi Ridges (a 35-mile-long north/south alpine ridge) dominate its diverse terrain. As the state park is situated amongst warm ocean waters to the south and The Alaska Range to the north, it isn’t subject to the dramatic temperature extremes common to Interior Alaska. Instead, visitors can expect average temperatures of 60 F to 85F in summer and 0 F to 30 F in winter.

If you’re planning a visit to Denali State Park, or simply want to find out more about this intriguing area, then read on. We’ll be sharing everything about the state park, including how you can make the most of your time here.

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Weather
Spring 12-55 F
Summer 60-85 F
Fall 12-53 F
Winter 0-30 F
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Nearby Cities
Anchorage, AK
Fairbanks, AK
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Denali State Park

There are plenty of camping opportunities in and around Denali State Park, including both within tents and RVs. If roughing-it in a sleeping bag and the tiny space that a tent offers isn’t quite your thing, then we wholeheartedly recommend the warmth, comfort, and all-round glamping that an RV offers.

If you don’t own an RV, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare that suits your individual needs – including size, budget, and more. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

There are over 100 campsites available within Denali State Park, all of which have toilets and drinking water. Some also have electric hookups, such as K’esugi Ken Campground, the most popular campground within the park.

Spaces can fill-up quickly, however, but you can find additional campgrounds within the area. These include:

Mat-Su RV Park & Campground

Located just 41 miles from the Denali State Park Entrance, Mat-Su RV Park & Campground features all the necessities you’ll want to have a comfortable RV experience. Plus, the campground is conveniently located near a beautiful river, providing some of the best fishing within the region. Rates start at $30 per night for RVs.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: dump station, showers and restrooms, laundry facilities, convenience store, gift shop

Trapper Creek Inn & RV Park

Trapper Creek Inn & RV Park is located halfway between Anchorage and Denali National Park. Featuring stunning views of Denali and a plethora of nature, as well as some of the best hospitality within the region, you’re sure to enjoy your stay at this family-friendly place. Rates start at $20 per night.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: convenience store, Alaska-made gifts, dump and water fill tanks.

Montana Creek Campground

Montana Creek Campground is located 35 miles from the entrance of Denali State Park. Situated in the Susitna Valley along Montana Creek, the campground is celebrated as a fishing lover’s heaven. Prices start at $25 per night.

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wifi: no
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: convenience store, recreational trails, fishing gear to hire/buy

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What to Do at
Denali State Park

Inside Denali State Park

While Denali State Park is popular due to its camping, it’s also a widely-visited region because of the number of fun recreational activities on offer. Denali State Park has stunning vantage points for viewing the breathtaking heart of the Alaska Range, plus, during summer, there are almost 21 hours of constant daylight every day. This means there’s almost endless time to partake in picnics, cycling, swimming, and so much more.

Some other popular experiences and activities at the park include:

Hiking: There are nine trails which cross the park, ranging from short, one-mile walks to challenging, multi-day treks extending as far as 36 miles. Popular trails include the Kesugi Ridge Trail, Byers Lake Trail, and Ermine Hill Trail. For a full list of trails within the park, click here.

Guided Hiking: If you’d prefer to see the state park through a guided hiking tour, then you’re in luck. There are currently two popular guided tours on offer, including Alaska Nature Guides Wilderness Day Hikes (starting from $64 pp.) and Alaska Nature Guides Multi-Day Treks (starting from $1,295 pp.)

Wildlife Viewing: Denali State Park is a treasure trove for wildlife lovers. Some of the animals you may see include black and grizzly bears, beavers, deer, elk, moose, and smaller ground mammals. It is also home to more than 130 bird species.

Fishing: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Denali State Park and its surrounds offers some of the best fishing within the region. The park’s streams spawn all five species of Pacific salmon. You’ll also find rainbow trout, arctic grayling, Dolly Varden, Burbot, and whitefish among the rivers and lakes.

Outside Denali State Park

Denali State Park is located next to one of the most famous national parks within Alaska, so not only is the region surrounded by stunning scenery, but the state park is also just over a 2-hour drive from Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage. This means that there’s not just plenty to do inside of the park, but outside of it too.

Restaurants

20,320 Alaskan Grill

If you don’t fancy venturing too far from your campground to satisfy your food and beverage cravings, then the 20,320 Alaskan Grill (named after the height of Denali) is for you. Located inside Mount McKinley Lodge, the venue serves delicious dishes such as buttermilk pancakes and biscuits and gravy for breakfast, as well as wild Alaskan salmon chowder, reindeer meatloaf, braised BBQ ribs, and so much more for lunch and dinner.

Type: American

Location: Denali State Park, AK

Foraker Restaurant

Looking for a fine dining experience during your stay? Foraker Restaurant features panoramic views of the Three Rivers, Denali, and the Alaska Range, as well as an exquisite menu offering wild Alaska seafood and game. You can also expect top-notch service and an award-winning wine list.

Type: Seafood

Location: Talkeetna, AK

Flying Squirrel Bakery Café

Fancy a sweet treat during your travels? Flying Squirrel Bakery Café is a family owned and operated bakery and eatery serving pastries, artisan breads and creative savory items year-round. Their menu items also feature fresh fruit and vegetables which have been grown on their very own farm.

Type: Cafe

Location: Talkeetna, AK

Shopping

Talkeetna Town Square

You’ll find a diverse collection of shops located in Talkeetna’s small town square, just 47 miles south of Denali State Park. Here, you can shop for everything from gifts and collectibles, to clothing and arts and crafts. It’s certainly worth the short drive to see what unique items you stumble upon.

Location: Talkeetna, AK

Sightseeing

Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali National Park and Preserve features a 6 million-acre park that is also home to Denali, the nation’s highest (and most famous) peak. It costs $10 per person entrance fee for visitors age 16 and older.

Location: Denali National Park

Dream A Dream Premier Iditarod Farm

For a fun, family-friendly, and truly Alaskan experience, head to the Dream A Dream Iditarod Farm. Here, you can partake in tours, get up close and personal with adorable sled dogs, or enjoy a sleigh ride of your own.

Location: Willow, AK

Begich Boggs Visitor Center

The Begich Boggs Visitor Center is open from May to September and features award-winning exhibits, educational presentations, films, guided hikes around the area, and more. It’s also situated among Portage Lake, offering spectacular views for all to enjoy.

Location: Whittier, AK

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How to Get to
Denali State Park

Parks Highway runs directly through Denali State Park, making it both easy and convenient to get to. Whether you’re traveling north from Anchorage, or south from Fairbanks, you simply follow the AK-3 until your reach the state park.  

Entering Denali State Park

There is no entrance fee to Denali State Park, however there are fees associated with facilities within the park. Parking at designated trailheads or campsites, for example, costs $5+ per day.

If you’re planning a trip to Denali State Park, then you sure are in for a treat. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!