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Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground)

Denali National Park, Alaska


Mile 0.25 Denali Park Rd
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+ Only 55+ Only 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
  • Public Phone Public 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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14 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: 100
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 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: 158
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 33

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: 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: 270
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

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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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We had reserved three nights but left after two. The campground has three loops: we chose the loop farthest from the store but realized quickly that it's closest to the highway. We could hear trucks braking and cars all night. Also, there is a lot of plane and helicopter noise as well. If we ever go back, we'll stay deeper into the park. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This was a four day visit. CG hosts OK'd our using an unreserved Handicap site so our 40' MH would fit. The other Category "A" sites (40' RV's) all taken by smaller RV's, despite our reservation. Category "B" sites are for shorter RV's. Our VZ aircard worked fine here. Riley Creek Mercantile nearby has good Wi-Fi, showers, small convenience store. Denali post office is nearby. Good location to get your bearings about Denali NP. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 34
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Wooded sites with lots of room between them. Varying lengths on sites. Divided into A sites for long rigs, and B sites for shorter ones. Good water and septic dump. Only negative was the noise from road construction and helicopters one and two miles away at the entrance. So we moved to Savage CG afterward. Then there is Denali: fabulous. Get there early with a big rig, or maybe you suffer! We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 147
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is at the entrance to the park. Sites are very limited for big rigs. Our 40' motorhome and car would fit into about 15 sites which are all in the "Bear" loop. The sites are well separated with vegetation and this was a great place for a base camp to do the many entrance area hikes and ranger programs. We kept busy for 4 days and then moved to Mile 29, Teklanika campground for 5 days. There are flush and vault toilets and coin showers and laundry are available next door at the Mercantile. There are no hookups but there is a dump station with water fill. The campground is ope all year but limited facilities Sept-May. Sites are $14 for tents, $22 for RVs up to 30' and $28 for RVs up to 40'. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

The price reflects the Golden Pass Discount. We reserved a site for our 35' motorhome however when we arrived mid afternoon we found most of the longer sites were once again occupied by smaller rigs that could easily have fit in sites not as long. On the plus side the campground was very clean and quiet and the Wi-Fi reception at the office worked well. The Riley Creek mercantile is very expensive. It seemed everything was twice the normal price so bring what you feel you will need for food. We are self contained but I did look at the shower prices and felt they were expensive. Overall we enjoyed our camping experience. We camped at Riley Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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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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