7 Parks near Denali National Park, Alaska
Aug 2016 - $14.00
We booked very early online with the Senior Pass. Got our 'A' space (longer site) reservation. 'B' spaces are much shorter. Staff on arrival is excellent. We had 1 night at Riley, 3 at Teklanika, and 1 more at Riley. They booked us in at all 3 stays at the same time. The Shuttle Pass is a super deal. Sites are a bit close but very clean. You drive through and pick any open site matching your 'A' or 'B' ticket. We took a Handicap spot right by the restrooms. Gennie hours are 8-10am and 4-8pm ONLY and they mean it!! Roads could use some attention but not terrible. Would stay here again. - Nevada Nick
Jul 2016 - $11.00
First the ugly: As mentioned in another review, the access roads in the campground loops are in deplorable shape. Numerous, DEEP, water-filled potholes abound on all roads just begging for a few scoops of gravel. Next the bad: The camp sites are very tight. Thankfully when we arrived there was nobody in the site across from us so I was able to maneuver the Airstream into the site. Some sites were more spacious than others. Our site was barely adequate to accommodate the trailer, and I had to park the truck perpendicular on the side of the road. I've spent summers working in other National Parks with far better campgrounds. Next, be advised, there is a train station in the park. As a rule, I'm not one to be bothered by train noise, but the station is practically next door. Very loud the few times a day the train comes through. And lastly, of the parks we've visited over the years, I felt Denali was the least "visitor friendly". Perhaps this is because without riding one of the many park buses (for a fee), one really can't see much, and believe me, this is a very big park. Now at last, The Good: Denali is a beautiful area. Lot's of good hiking. The sled dog kennels are worth visiting. Honestly, overall I was somewhat disappointed. I doubt I'll be back in my lifetime anyway. - Airstreamers
Jun 2016 - $9.00
This campground has fairly nice sites except that most sites are short. It was probably constructed when RVs weren't as long as the typical RV is now. The restrooms are clean as well as the campground in general. The rate of $9/night was with the Senior pass discount.
The interior roads are very bad with numerous deep pot holes. When filled with water, you can't see what you are getting into. Even a little repair would be helpful!
There is Wi-Fi available at the Wilderness Access Center as well as washers and dryers. The campground is very convenient to the bus tours that are available.
There is a dump site available, but there are no hook-ups in the campground.
Reservations can be made, but not for a specific site. When you get to the park you have your choice of any site not yet taken, therefore it is wise to arrive early to get a site that will accommodate your vehicles.
We would probably stay here again. - Another brick in the wall
Jun 2016 - $14.00
We booked the first 3 nights in a row we found when we checked for reservations 2 weeks in advance. You have to book thru system so be somewhere with a good connection and you have to setup an account. You are charged $10/person entry fee and then given a refund for America the Beautiful pass if you go to Backcountry Wilderness Center (not Visitors Center). Be aware that if someone cancels they do NOT release the site; we had many sites around us that were not occupied. Deanali is manical about "preserving nature". Not encouraging about hiking on your own and you must take an expensive ($35-70) bus trip or tour to get past the first 15 miles and close to Denali. If the weather is bad you won't see it. Savage River loop trail was nice hike as was the Horseshoe Lake trail. Our spot had picnic table and fire pit (but no fires were allowed); nearby toilets and bear proof garbage. Quite hours after 10pm and generator only 11-2 and 4-8. No cell reception (Verizon) at campground. Surrounded by trees and shrub no views. Showers, laundry, flush toilets at check in location. - AGalinAZ
Jun 2016 - $11.00
We visited Savage River CG while staying at Riley Creek CG and wanted to give an update since the last review was in 2010. We didn't see anything to change from earlier reviews. This is a much nicer and quieter CG than Riley Creek. Great hiking trails within 1/4 mile of CG. The main down side is, no cell phone signal (Verizon), so no internet from our MiFi device. Many of the campsites have a view of the mountains. CG fees are $22 & $28 with 50% off for senior pass. "A" campsites are for RV's over 30' & "B" sites are for under 30'. Not all "B" sites will take a 29" RV and not all "A" sites will take a 40' RV. Arrive by noon for best selection of campsites. Fill your water tank and dump at Riley Creek CG before coming to Savage River. Signs at water spigots request that you not fill your RV water tank. You MUST get your camping pass at the Wilderness Access Center (WAC) or Riley Creek Mercantile before going to Savage Creek CG. - A-S_Travels
Jul 2010 - $14.00
Nice dry quiet campground 15 miles into the park. We preferred this to Riley, due to the noise from the park entrance. Moose and grizzly bears and other wildlife passed through the CG. Has a good view of Mt. Denali when it occasionally emerges. Be careful of the large pull through sites. The curve of the site and the 4x4 timbers along the edges can fool you. I should have backed into mine, rather than pulling in. Wound up moving the 4x4 just to park. (Shhh!) Rate based on Golden Age pass. - BruceJB
Aug 2016 - $11.00
We booked very early online with the Senior Pass. Staff on arrival at the Park is excellent. We had 1 night at Riley, 3 at Teklanika, and 1 more at Riley. They booked us in at all 3 stays at the same time. The Shuttle Pass is a super deal. Sites are spacious and very clean. Fire rings with grate, but bring your own wood or buy at Riley Mercantile. You drive through and pick any open site. Once in the CG you cannot move your vehicle, 3 day stay minimum. Gennie hours are 8-10am and 4-8pm ONLY and they mean it !! Roads could use some attention but not terrible. Would stay here again. - Nevada Nick
Jun 2016 - $11.00
We made our reservations online and there was no reservation fee. I assume the reports about the fee was for phone reservations.
Great CG. Great to be able to pick up the shuttle bus at the CG and save 2.5 hours on the round trip. Also with the "Tek Pass" you get one reserved day on the shuttle and you can take as many space available trips on the shuttle bus as you have days at the CG.
You must stay 3 nights minimum. You may not leave the CG in your vehicle. If you do, you may not return past the checkpoint at MM15. - A-S_Travels
Aug 2015 - $16.00
Rate does not include the reservation fee. You have to book at least three consecutive nights and can't move your RV except for leaving the park. Dry camping of course. Pit toilets and unthreaded water spigots are available. Sites are level and provide good privacy. Picnic table and fire ring on each site. Mostly open sites surrounded by trees and shrubs. Very quiet day and night. You can hike on the riverbed right behind the campground.
The best feature is the TEK-Pass that is available for 35$ for all TEK campers. This gives you a flat rate access for your entire stay (on a standby basis) to all park service busses that stop right in front of the campground. We will stay here whenever visiting Denali NP. - TheSchweitzers
Aug 2016 - $42.00
This a small, cramped campground. Sites are not real level but you don't have a lot to choose from here. We had a full hook up spot and everything worked. - roaming around
Jul 2013 - $38.00
There is not much to add to the previous reviews. This is a situation where the owners are trying to maximize the use of this small property during their short season. As long as they have customers they can continue to do so. There is absolutely no effort made to make this more than a cramped gravel parking lot. I gave it a three because of a lady staff member walked our elderly dog while we went on the 12 hour bus ride in Denali. So I'm taking that as a good sign that she did a good job. When I mentioned to the manager that their park had poor reviews she responded that "nobody reads those reviews." - canoeperson
Jun 2013 - $45.00
We were backed up against the shops. Sites aren't very level, lots of noise, and people walking through your site to get to shops. Shops employes walk through your site dragging trash to dumpster. A semi parked in front of our rig for 2 hours starting about 7 am to unload merchandise for shops. There was lots of throwing stuff around in box truck, banging and obsessively noise. We couldn't get out of our site till they left. I had a dental emergency and needed to leave for Anchorage a day early, but their policy is no refunds whatsoever. It is convenient to the park that is the only reason I gave it a 3 - knightab
Mile 238.6 Parks Highway Denali National Park, Alaska 99755 (map) | (907) 683-7777
Sites: 85 | 31 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $0.00
This is the worst RV park we have ever stayed. It is crammed into a small parking lot behind a strip mall with not enough amps to power the sites when all are full and especially if hot enough to require a/c. We stayed here with a Fantasy tour group and I have no idea what it cost, but anything was too much. For most of our trip we had no power to the middle row and someone had to keep flipping their breakers. There was no sewer available for most of the sites, although there was sewer between us and the trailer next to us. The VERY RUDE clerk told us we most certainly could NOT use it as it was not with our site and we would have to disconnect and dump. The dump site was in front of our site and we observed rental RV's coming in and dumping who had NO idea of how to handle any sanitary wastes. Totally disgusting. The trailer next to us, which was an employee of the park, had more than 5 dogs who barked a lot in their pen next door. Showers are $3.00 per 6-7 min, but they were clean, just OLD. I would drive 20 miles to the National Park to avoid this disaster. Park in one of the pullouts because all you will get here is dry camping, no privacy, barking dogs, rude employees, and certainly no security. - Gypsy Duo
Aug 2015 - $43.00
Rate is for a W/E site including WiFi and cable. WiFi worked well till bedtime but was not accessible in the morning. Picture this RV park as a big gravel parking lot with plenty of potholes and RVs squeezed together side by side. However, you deal with friendly staff, there are shops and restaurants in walking distance and road noise is dampened by the buildings in front of the place. Flush toilets, hot showers (extra cost), laundry and a dump station are available. All in all acceptable value for money given the proximity to Denali National Park. - TheSchweitzers
May 2015 - $48.00
We picked this because it is the CLOSEST RV park to the entrance to Denali, NP. We did not pick it for the view which is of the back of buildings and private apartments upstairs. Spots are very tight and barely enough room for the rig and a picnic table. This is not a spot to really hang out in, just a place to sleep while you visit Denali and partake in other activities offered. There will be pedestrians; workers; 18 wheelers making deliveries in this lot but for us, it was worth it due to it being so close to the park. I would give it a ten just because they are so close to the park which made this spot VERY CONVENIENT but it's such a parking lot that I can't. It was just a waypoint for us. Staff thought we were crazy asking if they had any ice to sell -- apparently it was in short supply at the time. We bought bags of ice from a local restaurant. - Theresa as
231 George Parks Highway Denali National Park, Alaska 99755 (map) | (907) 683-2696
Sites: 100 | Latest Rate: $43.00 | 9 Reviews
Aug 2015 - $43.00
This was the most unfriendly check in experience in a long time. Maybe adequate to 'welcome' new recruits on their first day in the army but being a customer I expect something different. The rate is for a W/E site. Despite the high rate you have to pay extra for a hot shower, not sure how much. We had a site down in the forested area. Very tight road and sites. At least the site was level. The upper level gives you more room to maneuver but the sites are squeezed together on a parking lot. No matter where you park, it is noisy. Highway traffic very noticeable and for some reason most of the trucks honk their horns when passing the campground. We cannot recommend this place and find it overpriced. - TheSchweitzers
Jul 2011 - $27.00
Campground has 3 pay coffin type showers, and small restrooms that are overused with so many campers. One of the two toilets in the men's restroom was backed up and not fixed in a timely fashion. Laundry is expensive. Outlying outhouses are disgusting. Although we stayed in a tent cabin, which was down a steep hill with a poor trail, we normally travel in an RV. Rv spaces were close together and short. They had the RVs crammed into every possible place, making maneuvering difficult. Roads are narrow. - paxton
Jun 2011 - $35.00
This campground is 6 miles south of the park. Most campgrounds in this area are that far out. We were told they had free WiFi. You do, for 1/2 hour for your entire stay. If it is one day or one week, you get 1/2 hour. Cable TV is via your antenna, and it does not come in. The spaces are not long, but it was empty so we had room. The office staff does seem new and does not speak clear English, so don't expect help on the area. We ask if we could have a later "checkout" and were told we would have to pay a 1/2 day rate to do it. They were more concerned about the bus tours they have, staying in their hotel here. Bus's were in and out a lot. The sewer dump is set up so you have to back into it. Not possible with our 40'. We would not stay here, but the National Park next time. - fulltimer2010
Aug 2016 - $45.00
The location and service make this a very good place to stay while visiting Denali. The sites are close but everything worked well. Staff will walk dogs while to take the Denali tour (which is an all day excursion). - Nodaker
Jul 2016 - $46.00
We stayed here twice last summer. (I forgot to review so I'm doing so now.)
As others have said, this is an adequate place for a couple of nights. The back in sites are tight for a 28' tt. It was always packed, and the road construction (with pilot car) got a little old. We'll plan better next year and reserve a spot IN Denali. - seahawk09
Jul 2016 - $45.00
This is a good RV park located 10 miles from Denali. Sites are gravel and vary from small Class C to Big Rig size. Ours was 55' long and barely 14' wide with about 6' between your unit's slideout and your neighbor's. The pull thrus are easy in/out and some of the back-ins are easy. Some are a little tight depending on rig size and where others have parked. They have cable TV that works which is good since you won't likely get satellite this far north. Park wifi worked okay. They will walk your dog for a fee while you take a long Denali bus trip. Verizon had a strong 4-bar LTE signal. - Danno