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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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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 20
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: 78
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

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: 123
States Visited: 35
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: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

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

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

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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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

It seems the park has raised fees a lot since last year. We paid $28 to stay here, plus $4.00 for showers. The camp provides few services: laundry, Wi-Fi at the store (not at sites), showers for a fee. The camp was nice, but too expensive. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground. There would be very few places for a large motorhome. We enjoyed our stay here very much. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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