Places to Camp in Denali, AK

Places to Camp in Denali, AK
Denali Park Village, Alaska, is a small, seasonal tourist village near the entrance to Denali National Park. Locals refer to it as "Glitter Gulch" in reference to the signs and tourist shops festooned throughout the Glen Parks Highway. There is hiking, wildlife observation, whitewater rafting, salmon fishing, mountain biking, backpacking and mountaineering in the area. Visitors looking for campgrounds and parks to camp have a variety of options around Denali.
 

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort

Denali Grizzly Resort is open seasonally between May and September. There are sites for tent campers and RV travelers. Tent sites have picnic tables, fire rings and access to freshwater spigots for drinking and cooking water. RV sites have water, sewer and electric hookups. All guests may use the showers and bathrooms. Guests must be careful and follow posted rules regarding food storage and preparation because of frequent grizzly and black bear activity. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. There is whitewater rafting on the Nenana River. Visitors can head north to the Stampede Trail and walk in to where the movie "Into the Wild" was filmed.

Denali Grizzly Bear Resort
P.O. Box 7
Denali National Park, AK 99755
(907) 683-2696
denaligrizzlybear.com

 
 

Denali National Park

Visitors can choose to stay at one of the campgrounds within Denali National Park. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made via the online portal. Campers in the park must adhere to strict rules regarding food storage and preparation. There is frequent grizzly bear activity in the park and campgrounds. Pets must be leashed at all times and are not allowed in certain backcountry areas. Visitors with pets should check with rangers at the Visitor Access Center for current rules and restrictions. The hiking in the park is unlimited. Visitors can ride the buses into the park and get off or on at any time and hike into the tundra, forging their own paths. Visitors should have a solid working knowledge of backcountry technique, GPS use and map and compass savvy. It is common for backcountry hikers to encounter bears, moose, caribou, dahl sheep and fox.

Denali National Park
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755-0009
(907) 683-2294
nps.gov/dena

Denali Riverside RV Park

The Denali Riverside RV Park can accommodate tent campers and RV travelers. Tent sites are "dry." There are picnic tables, fire rings and barbecue grills available for tenters. Freshwater spigots are near sites for guests to get drinking and cooking water. Pets are allowed if leashed. Guests need to use caution with food storage and prep because of bear activity in the region. Rafters can put in on the Nenana River and enjoy Class II through IV rapids. There are ranger-led nature hikes and walks at Denali National Park. Bird-watchers should keep their eyes in the sky for golden eagles.

Denali Riverside RV Park
Milepost 240
George Parks Hwy.
Denali National Park, AK 99755
(907) 388-1748
denaliriversiderv.com

 

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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