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Big Bear Campground & RV Park

Palmer, Alaska


2010 S Church St
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 40
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 61.56108
Longitude: -149.29294

Elevation: 173' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • 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 yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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58 Reviews

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed the first night at site #41. Only electric 30AMP. For $31.50. Very soft ground. I couldn't level my motorhome even with pads. Left some deep holes where I tried. Next night I was able to move to a much better site, per this review We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Iditarod base and the Ox farm

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

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Its a pretty standard campground but good by Alaska standards and a good value. Closer to Wasilla than to Palmer. Parks Highway nearby is a very busy four lane highway. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 3 nights with a 40 foot Motorhome. Gravel site long enough for disconnected car and coach with adequate space between sites. Used our own WIFI due to number of users on their WIFI which made it too slow. Good power and water supplies. Some road noise from freeway. Our mapping program did not send us with correct freeway exit. Recommend using the instructions sent with email confirmation. Nice park. Would stay here again. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Level pull through electrical only site. Dump station and water fill available. Wifi worked most of the time. Large clean laundry room. Restrooms and showers were clean. Signs everywhere stating speed limit 5 MPH yet the young camp workers sped around everywhere in the off road vehicles. Spun tires taking off and slid to a stop every time stirring up dust. Was a bite annoying. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
pull through
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was a pull through with 50 amp. We were in site #15 which was close to the road. I found the traffic noise sometimes bothersome late at night or early in the morning. There are pull through on the other side of the park if you can get them. Sites were big enough so I didn't feel like we were stacked on each other. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Went to the Matanuska Glacier and the Musk Oxen Farm. Easy drive to Anchorage for the day and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Fred Meyers and Walmart are about 6 miles away.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Open, level sites, with an unusual layout that may present a challenge to larger rigs. We managed to back our 36' motorhome into a site on the circle while most sites were unoccupied. Had the two sites either side of us been occupied, we could not have maneuvered our way into the site. If you are over 36' and cannot get a pull-through, suggest you go to another campground. WiFi was excellent, 30 amp power was stable, no TV, AT&T phone signal was excellent. Staff was friendly, but a bit disorganized. Still it was a very nice place. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park and will stay there again on our way out of Alaska. Lot's to do in the area. The park is very clean and has really nice staff. Big laundry room, clean bathrooms, stable power and the sites are very level. You can also get propane there as well. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Hatcher Pass is a great hiking area that is near by.

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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

For a campground in Alaska this was wonderful. The gravel road & sites were level and very well maintained. With grassy areas, some trees and landscaping it had a welcoming feel. Some sites were a little narrower but mostly alright, and ours was very long and wide. Our Dish satellite worked just fine. They provide free Wifi that worked alright most of the time. This place is very convenient to Palmer & Wasilla with Anchorage being a day trip away. My only fault is that it is located right off of Hwy 1 so there was some traffic noise, but it died down at night so sleeping was no problem. We were here 8 nights and would definitely stay here again. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Drive up to Hatcher Pass & Independence Mine. It's only 45 minutes away and quite interesting.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed a total of 4 nights at this campground - 2 nights in July on the way to the Kenai, and 2 nights in August on the way back. Nice campground, the staff is friendly and helpful. A bit close to the Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad, but not really an obtrusive noise. It's a bit of a drive into Anchorage, but the RV parks there are not great. Pretty easy on and off from Parks Highway. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to a Walmart and other shopping.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We had stayed at Big Bear four years ago when touring Alaska and went back because we liked it then. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campground sites are set up on concentric circles so if you get on the outside like we did, it was a longer walk to the office, but very peaceful, great grass for our dogs, and lots of room between sites. We highly recommend this campground just north of Anchorage. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

If you are interested in a day trip through Hatcher Pass, this place is perfect because it is near an entrance and on the highway if you go through and come back from Wasilla. It is also very close to Eklutna Lake which is great for kayaking and hiking...but there are bears there...one in the parking lot when we stopped.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. Easy to get to and easy to move around in. The girls up front were very friendly and knowledgeable. They showed us where everything was to see on a nice take away map. There was grass everywhere! It's been so long since we have seen grass in a park! We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
56
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This is the nicest RV park we found in the Anchorage area. It has generous spaces with lawn in between, clean and roomy restrooms and showers. There's room to walk nearby. We felt the $29-30 price was very fair. Staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful. We liked it so much we came back for a second night later in our trip. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Park is OK. Navigation is easy. We had a 'super site' which is what you need if you want a long enough site to park the tow vehicle. There is a playground for kids, but they are rabid about having adult supervision--so, what is the point of having the park exactly? They are also a bit nutty about rugs on the grass--wouldn't even allow a small 'welcome' mat (to wipe our feet). Seriously?

No cable available. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We pulled in late. Office made it easy to register and find a spot after hours. Staff was friendly and by far the showers were the cleanest we have seen this week. Sites were spacious and easy to get into. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We would gladly stay here again.

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Review Count: 172
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 63

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

RV parks in Alaska seem to be a lot like the state itself...rough around the edges. In a month travelling here I haven't seen anything I would consider a "class A" park. That being said, this one is as close as we've come. The pads are gravel and at least they don't have a bunch of weeds growing in the middle of them like the last park we went to (although there are a bunch of weeds around the picnic table). The site was relatively level and the line of pull thrus near the office are fairly close together, but not as bad as a lot of places. We had an E & W site, both utilities worked fine. The rest of the sites in the park seem to be more generously spaced. The restroom/shower room is bright and clean although the shower stalls are quite small. I used the handicapped one which was excellent. The shower head was adjustable which is nice and the pressure and hot water were good although a bit hard to regulate. They get high marks for having hair dryers in the washroom though, something I've never seen anywhere else in 16 months on the road except Alaska. I could've lived without the earsplitting loud piped in rock music though. But, whatever. My only complaint was that there are big signs everywhere saying the building is closed from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., so I went to take my shower at 11:20. Nope. The girl "started early" with the cleaning so I had to wait an hour! There is a very nice looking laundry room that I did not use but it has quite a few machines and several bit folding tables which I really appreciate. It's overpriced at $3 per load, but so where the other places I went so I guess that's the going rip-off rate here in AK. The Tengo wi-fi was free but didn't work the first day. Worked ok day two. Verizon signal was strong. Front desk staff was friendly and professional. All in all, even with a few complaints, the price is right and the value is good, especially for Alaska. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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