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Denali National Park, Alaska

Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground)

Denali National Park, Alaska



Denali National Park, Alaska
Phone: (907) 683-9532

Sites: 146
Recent Rate: $14 8/2015

Latitude: 63.73222
Longitude: -148.89972

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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33 Reviews

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dandg

Review Count: 124
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
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The best feature of this campground is location. The dirt back-in level sites are large but we thought the price was high for no hook-ups. They give discounts to senior card holders but not the regular annual pass holders. It is easy to get to but the dirt roads in the campground are tight for a 40' motorhome and in poor shape with lots of potholes. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

We saw several people turned away because they didn't have reservations. Easy access to lots of hiking paths from campground. You can only drive 15 miles into the park, if you want to go farther you have to take a pricey bus tour.

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TheSchweitzers

Review Count: 230
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $22.00
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Rate is for a 'B' site and the 6$ reservation fee is not factored in. All sites we checked were a bit sloping, so some levelling equipment is needed. It's dry camping but there are flush toilets and hot showers available. Also a dump station free to use whether camping in Riley or not. The laundry house is where you need to go to have some WiFi. Can't comment on the quality, we didn't try. Sites are surrounded by trees and shrubs which makes for good privacy. Very quiet day and night. A nice trail leads to the Visitor Center and the adjacent gift shop and restaurant. We will stay again when coming back to Denali NP. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

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dbl4de3

Review Count: 55
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $14.00
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Never stayed in campground without hookups before but we really liked this one. It snowed while we were in Denali. Sites were level and spacious if you get Bear Loop and A sites. We looked in Wolf Loop and they were not as level or big. Would stay here again if we come to Alaska. Showers are pay in Store, however they are worth it. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

We went on Park bus trip. It snowed while we were there. Also saw Sled Dog demonstration.

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Bobbi1948

Review Count: 112
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $14.00
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We had reservations for an "A" site. There aren't a lot of them in the campground, so suggest you arrive early in the day to make sure you have a good selection. (Reminder: Your reservation assures you a space, but you still pick your own site after you get here.) We ended up with a great site that had lots of space. Neighbors were hard to find because the sites are situated in such a manner that you really have to look hard to see them. People were very respectful and followed the rules regarding the use of generators. There are plenty of trees to provide shade, but each site has some sunny spots, which makes it nice when you want to sit outside and the temperature is cool. The warm sun feels really good. AT&T worked well for cell phone coverage and Verizon MiFi worked most of the time. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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FranM

Review Count: 79
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $14.00
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$14 reflects Senior Pass rate, we also paid $6 to make a reservation. Very nice campground in the woods; with paved loop road and level, roomy, gravel sites. As previous reviewer mentioned, for a larger rig you'll need to reserve an "A" site; then arrive early in the day to get one of the better sites. Bear Loop had the best sites. Hosts were friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Beech35p

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $15.00
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We came to the cg in a time of mechanical failure: no water or dump station due to a winter water line break that took weeks to fix. The crew worked feverishly to get repairs completed and water at the fill station was restored during our stay...but not the dump station. This was a difficult situation or this campground would be a 10 in my book. Large level sites shaded and separated by trees. Vault toilets and trash cans everywhere. Beautiful surroundings in an indescribable natural treasure. Dry camping doesn't get better than this! Our 38' MH and our toad fit easily into an "A" site. Walk to the Denali retail area, Mercantile in Riley CG, Visitor center and Learning Center. OR take a shuttle bus with waits less that 30 minutes. Would return in a heartbeat. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to take one of the Bus tours into the park. 6.5 hours up to 11 hours depending on the trip you pick. Wildlife abounds in the Park and on a clear day you might see McKinley IF you are lucky! Walk everywhere, lots of trails to explore. Spend some time in the Visitors Center. Bike trails are excellent! Bring plenty of supplies!! (Very Expensive in the park!)

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CathyH

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $22.00
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We stayed here on two different occasions and both times were able to get a very nice site. Sites are private and well spaced. Reservations are a must during peak summer time. You do not book individual sites. You reserve an "A" site for RVs over 30 ft or a "B" site under 30 ft. Reservations mean there will be an available site for you so get there early for a first come first serve choice. Some sites have short narrow drives, so parking your RV and tow vehicle will be tight. Facilities and sites are well maintained. We loved our stay. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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roadking

Review Count: 108
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $14.00
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Rate reflects use of Access Pass. If you have a big rig, this is the place to stay. Sites are marked A, B, or C and the A sites are for big rigs, Some sites are double sites but available to single camper units. We registered the day before so we were able to look for an open site before check out time. We ended up with a double site which was very wide and had plenty of room for our big Dually truck. Our site was not only wide but the sites extend way back from the parking pad for the picnic table and fire pit. This campground has no hook ups and generator hours are 8-10 am and 4-8 pm, Verizon cell and mifi worked well. A laundry is available near the Mercantile. It is pretty pricey and there are more washers than driers which causes a back log. Showers are available for $5, more if you want a towel. We did not use the bathhouse so cannot comment on its cleanliness. Dump station/water fill is one of the best we have ever encountered. There is no diesel fuel near Denali so you have to travel to Healy for fuel. We stayed her 6 nights and enjoyed every minute of our stay, we would stay here again, We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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amnelson12

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $12.00
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If you have a big rig and want to stay in Denali National Park, this is your only choice of the 5 campgrounds - but it's a lovely one. We stayed 3 nights here, and would have stayed longer, but like most national parks, the campground has no hookups, and our house batteries were dead. We paid only $12 a night because we got the senior rate, which is half the normal rate - but even without hookups, $20 or $25 is definitely worth it. Lots of trees, plenty of peace and quiet, wide level sites (but if you have a big rig, not many sites to accommodate you, so call ahead for reservations). There's a camp store within walking distance with supplies, ice and treats, and there are bathrooms (pit toilets, but clean) interspersed throughout the campgrounds. Showers are available - we didn't use them, but we heard they're clean and no limit on how long you shower ($4 including towel). I love national park campgrounds, and this one was definitely a special place. Even my "What, no hookups?!" husband agreed he would come back to Riley Creek. We have a 40 ft RV and would return in a heartbeat. By the way, if you go to Denali National Park, definitely take the shuttle bus to Eilsen Visitor Center - the view of the mountain is spectacular! We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Family_Tripster_05

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $22.00
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This is a very busy campground. When you pre-book, you are not assigned a specific site; as we arrived closer to 6pm. It took us quite a while to find a spot large enough to fit our 24 ft trailer as many of the large sites had already been chosen by tenters. Wash houses have flush toilets and sinks are fairly clean. There was a good ranger presentation in evenings at the ampi-theatre that was very interactive for the kids. It costs $4 to shower at the main store, but you get a nice almost fluffy towel to use. The shower room was well maintained although the showers weren't super clean when we used them at the end of the day. Steady line up to use the 4 or 5 sets of laundry machines, but at least they have Wi-Fi to use while you're waiting. Don't forget that if you camp here, you also have to pay the National Park Service entry fee on top of the camping fee. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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hoz49

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $11.00
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Rate reflects senior access pass. We originally reserved Savage River, but it wasn't open - too much snow. Even Riley had one closed loop and the middle loop was snow covered. We picked a site in Bear loop as it had less snow. Basic dry camping. The dump was frozen, though they had it open before we left. We stayed two nights. The loops are well planned and the park staff very helpful. Showers at the check in store cost four bucks. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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monaco cruiser

Review Count: 232
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $28.00
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My usual complaint to high for dry camping even for NPS. Very nice campground, nice interior roads plenty of room. Even though I thought it was a little high priced I would stay here again. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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bgenoe

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $11.00
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We spent four nights here. It was a great base for exploring the park. The bus stops at the campground. The campground was neat and clean. There were ranger programs and walks available. The best halibut and chips we found in Alaska were at Denali Nat'l Park. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Rving2do

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $28.00
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We stayed at Riley Creek for 3 nights. We were a little ahead of the crowds in Alaska so we had no trouble at all without reservations. Very nice NPS campground. Got to see moose in our campsite, not just in the campground, in our campsite. Very clean. Store prices a little high but then it is Alaska and took almost everything we needed. Would stay there again. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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FTRVTC

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $28.00
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Reservations were challenging. It took the staff 4 times to finally get our reservation correct using all three methods (online, phone, in person). Staff was not friendly and did not provide information. Berry picking options from campsite. Relatively quite. Generator hours: 8-10 am and 4-8 pm. $4 for showers (includes towel). Laundry facilities are available. Small store is located on site. The 1st and 3rd loop contain more large RV sites. Numerous level sites available. Three dumps stations are available. Four potable water hoses are available. Expect un-experienced sani station Class C users. The free shuttle bus stops at the campground. Pit and flush toilets available. We would not stay here again. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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