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Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground)

Denali National Park, Alaska


Denali National Park, Alaska 99755
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Sites: 146
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 63.73222
Longitude: -148.89972

Elevation: 1649' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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42 Reviews

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Review Count: 40
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice National Park Camp Ground. All roads and sites are asphalt. Sites are level, well laid out, lots of trees, private and good sized. There is a combination of clean flush and pit toilets conveniently scattered throughout the camp ground. Showers are available at the check in office, $4.50 for ten minutes. Showers are well used, thus not very clean. Must be cleaned only once a day, when they close at 8:30 pm. Free water and dump station near check in office. ATT and Verizon work well. MAKE RESERVATIONS far in advance for CG and shuttle bus - period. . I made mine bus resrvations 3 months ahead, could not get the first request and the last 4 seats on the second request. We saw several people turned away during CG check in. You cannot "boondock" in the park. It's a several mile drive to any private RV parks. Very Good, would stay there again. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Bear Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make reservation way ahead. Purchase the "green" bus pass for $60. There is no need to purchase the $200 package tour. The shuttle bus drivers are courteous, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Either way it is a 12-13 hour round trip. For a "better" experience, stay at Teklanika camp ground, several miles inside the park. There is no phone or wifi service at the CG.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

2nd time we've stayed here in 5 years. Nice campground, good access to everything in the park. Many sites not real level. Be sure to come prepared with everything you need because to buy food or dry goods in or just outside the park is obscenely expensive. Milk $6/half gal., 12 grain bread $7.39, Stouffers entree which sells for $2- $2.50 in Walmart is $6.99 here. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
B77 Wolf loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Riley Creek for three nights, and would have loved to stay longer! This campground is centrally located and convenient to all of the offerings at the entrance area for Denali. The sites are well spaced with a good amount of privacy. The water fill stations are great, and even though the showers cost money, they were well worth it! The only negative was the expensive fire wood!! ($10 a bundle!) We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Bear 41
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The shuttle bus stop is convenient to the campground as are biking/walking trails, so there was no need to drive our truck. The wifi at the Riley Creek Mercantile didn't work very well, but excellent wifi at the Visitor's Center.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Bear Loop
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 131
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Wolf Loop B-62
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
b-6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

There is a mixed of long and short sites. Plenty of of space to park my 45' coach. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A16
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

The bad part first, my poor rating is for the horrible road conditions in the campground and the very, very tight RV parking pads in the campsites. We are a 30' long motorhome and a lot of the "B" campsites are much too small for us. Very few of the "A" campsites are large enough for a 40 footer and very tight for 35 foot RVs. "B" sites are for under 30' and "A" sites are for over 30'. About the reservation fee mentioned in the 2015 reviews, I made 3 separate "online" campground reservations in early June and was not charged a reservation fee. Perhaps there is a charge for phone reservations but not for online reservations. There is pretty good separation between campsites for privacy. However, when I compare this campground to staying in one of the RV parks where all I see out my windows is the RV crammed in next to me, this campground is great! I would stay here over an RV park anytime. We spent 7 nights here. The $11 rate is for the 1/2 off senior pass. Regular rates are $22 for "B" sites & $28 for "A" sites. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
151B
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14 A Bear Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 263
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 139
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
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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Review Count: 219
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
118
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

$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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-16
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
19 in the Bear Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

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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