Camping Experience

Camping Experience


Denali National Park & Preserve has 6 campgrounds along Denali’s Park Road. All are unique in their location and the access they provide to different areas of the Park. All campgrounds, with the exception to Riley Creek and Savage River, are accessible by a Camper Transit Bus. For more information about the Denali campgrounds visit the National Park Service website.

Upon arrival in Denali National Park, all visitors with campground reservations must check-in at the Riley Creek Mercantile or Denali Bus Depot and obtain their camping permit and any purchased bus tickets before proceeding to their campground.  The Riley Creek Mercantile is located on the first mile of the Denali Park Road.

No campground inside of Denali National Park offers electric or water hookups.  Generator hours for RVs are 8:00am to 10:00am and 4:00pm to 8:00pm daily.  Generators are not permitted to run outside of these hours so please plan ahead if you will be arriving outside of these times.  A RV dump and fill station is available at the Riley Creek Mercantile.  This facility is free to those who are camping inside Denali National Park and Preserve.


Denali National Park & Preserve Campgrounds:

  • Riley Creek Campground
  • Savage River Campground
  • Sanctuary Campground
  • Teklanika Campground
  • Igloo Campground
  • Wonder Lake Campground

Riley Creek Campground

Mile 1 – Denali Park Road
Potable Water Available: Yes (weather dependent)
Fires Permitted: Yes

Maximum Vehicles Per Site: 1
Maximum Tents Per Site: 3
Maximum People Per Site: 8

Offering nearly 150 campsites, Riley Creek Campground is located immediately on the left side of the Denali Park Road after turning off of the Parks Highway (Highway 3). You'll find RV and tent sites nestled among the spruce trees alongside Riley Creek. This campground is located near the Riley Creek Mercantile, Denali Bus Depot, Denali Visitor Campus, and numerous hiking trails making Riley Creek Campground the most accessible campground to park amenities.  Riley Creek Campground is also the only campground inside of Denali National Park with cell phone coverage.

Riley Creek Campground offers four different types of campsites:

A Sites – Designed for RVs greater than 30’ in length, Riley Creek A sites are the largest campsites at Riley Creek Campground.  These sites can accommodate an RV up to 40’ in length.

B Sites – Riley Creek B sites offer space for RVs less than 30’ in length and tent campers who wish to have a vehicle at their campsite.

C Sites – Designed for those visitors who arrive in Denali without a vehicle, Riley Creek C sites are walk-in tent sites.  Vehicles are not permitted in this section of the campground.  These sites are only available in-person at the Riley Creek Mercantile and cannot be reserved in advance.

Group Site - The Riley Creek Group Site accommodates large groups of 9-20 people. Please call 866.761.6629 for details and reservations. This group site is only available to non-commercial users. Please note that there are no fire rings at the group site and the group site has a maximum of 12 tents.

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Savage River Campground

Mile 13 – Denali Park Road
Potable Water Available: Yes (weather dependent)
Fires Permitted: Yes

Maximum Vehicles Per Site: 1
Maximum Tents Per Site: 3
Maximum People Per Site: 8

Located at Mile 13 of the Denali Park Road, Savage River Campground is smaller in size and more remote than Riley Creek Campground. Thirty-three sites for RVs and tents provide easy access to great hiking and views of the Outer and Alaska Ranges – including Denali when it is visible. Transit buses into the park can be reserved to pick you up at this campground, saving you a trip back to the Denali Bus Depot. As this campground is more remote, please make sure you have everything you need with you to enjoy your stay. Savage River Campground lies outside the restricted area of the Denali Park Road so visitors are able to return to the park entrance area during their stay.

Savage River Campground offers three different types of campsites:

A Sites – Designed for RVs greater than 30’ in length, Savage River A sites are the largest campsites at Savage River Campground.  These sites can accommodate an RV up to 40’ in length.

B Sites – Savage River B sites offer space for RVs less than 30’ in length and tent campers who wish to have a vehicle at their campsite.

Group Site – Three separate Savage River Group Sites accommodate large groups of 9-20 people each. Please call 866.761.6629 for details and reservations. The Savage River Group Sites are available to both commercial and non-commercial users. Commercial users must obtain a Group Camping Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) from Denali National Park & Preserve. To learn about CUA’s and how to apply please visit the Denali National Park & Preserve Commercial Use Authorization web page.

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Sanctuary Campground

Mile 23 – Denali Park Road
Potable Water Available: No
Fires Permitted: No

Maximum Vehicles Per Site: 0 (tent only)
Maximum Tents Per Site: 3
Maximum People Per Site: 8

Tucked away off the Denali Park Road, Sanctuary Campground is a small, tent only campground accessible by Camper Transit Bus, bike, or on foot. Advance reservations are offered in 2021 for this campground. Campsites may be booked in person at the Riley Creek Mercantile or Denali Bus Depot, online, or through our Reservation Office.

The Sanctuary River is adjacent to this campground and is available as a water source.  Campers are responsible for bringing their own filtration/purification items.

Cook stoves are permitted to cook food.  All food must be stored inside of the provided food lockers at the campground.

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Teklanika Campground

Mile 29 – Denali Park Road
Potable Water Available: Yes (weather dependent)
Fires Permitted: Yes

 

Teklanika Campground provides a unique park experience for those wanting more time in the park and a truly remote camping experience among the backdrop of Cathedral Mountain and Teklanika River. Because Teklanika Campground is located within the restricted section of Denali Park Road, there is a minimum 3-night stay for anyone wishing to drive their RV or private vehicle to this campground. This rule does not apply during the Denali Road Lottery, typically held annually in mid-September. Once arriving at your campsite, all travel must be on foot or by Transit Bus until you depart. Be sure to bring everything you need to make your stay an enjoyable one.

The Tek Pass: Because vehicles must remain parked upon arrival at Teklanika Campground, it is highly recommended that visitors purchase Transit Bus tickets to access other areas of the park during their stay.  Campers staying at Teklanika Campground have access to special Transit Bus tickets, known as “Tek Passes,” which should be reserved in advance alongside Teklanika Campground reservations.  Tek Passes and Transit Bus tickets are not available for purchase at the campground.

The Tek Pass is a special bus ticket allowing you to use park Transit Buses throughout your stay at Teklanika and should be purchased for each member of your party. The Tek Pass costs $60.00 per adult and is free to children 15 and under (children will need a reservation).  It is available for purchase online and by telephone through our Reservation Office at 866.761.6629. If you have made Teklanika Campground reservations already, please have your confirmation or itinerary number ready.

When you purchase a Tek Pass, you will select the first day you wish to ride a Transit Bus (likely your first or second day at the campground) and will select a specific bus for that day. The bus of your choosing will have guaranteed seats for you, on the day and time you chose, upon arrival at Teklanika Campground. On subsequent days during your time at Teklanika Campground, you may use any Transit bus (boarding at Teklanika Campground) on a space-available basis.

All Transit Buses begin their trip into Denali National Park with at least four empty seats with many Transit buses not running at maximum capacity.  So, while campers at Teklanika Campground sometimes find a full Transit Bus and must wait for the next bus, such occasions are rare - especially for small parties.

The Tek Pass is designed for visitors to experience points farther in the park during their stay. Therefore, the pass only allows travel farther (westbound) into the park, and back to Teklanika Campground. If you return to the park entrance by bus, you will have to buy a new Transit bus ticket to travel back to Teklanika Campground.  Do not return to the park entrance by bus or your own vehicle until you are finished with your stay at Teklanika Campground.

The Tek Passes are only available to campers holding a Teklanika Campground permit and are driving a private vehicle/RV. Visitors staying less than 3 nights are not allowed private vehicle access and will need to purchase a Camper Transit Bus to access Teklanika Campground.  These visitors can use their Camper Transit Bus ticket in a similar fashion to the Tek Pass.

Recreational Vehicle (RV), Car/Truck/Trailer Information: At Teklanika Campground, the maximum length of an individual RV or camper-trailer is 40'. The combined length of a vehicle and trailer combination may exceed 40', but each individual vehicle component (e.g., the truck or trailer) may not exceed 40' on its own.

A trailer in tow must be integral to the camping experience. An example of a permitted combination would be a truck pulling a camper-trailer. Conversely, a car being towed behind an RV would not be considered integral, and therefore the car must be left at the park entrance (parking is free of charge). Ask at the Riley Creek Mercantile, Denali Bus Depot, or the Denali Visitor Center where overnight parking is permitted.

Visitors staying less than 3 nights are not allowed private vehicle access and will need to purchase a Camper Transit Bus to access Teklanika Campground.

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Igloo Campground

Mile 34 – Denali Park Road
Potable Water Available: No
Fires Permitted: No

Maximum Vehicles Per Site: 0 (tent only)
Maximum Tents Per Site: 3
Maximum People Per Site: 8

A quiet campground located in Igloo Forest, Igloo Campground is a small, tent only campground accessible by Camper Transit Bus, bike, or on foot. Advance reservations are not offered in 2021 for this campground. Campsites may be booked in person at the Riley Creek Mercantile or Denali Bus Depot, online, or through our Reservation Office.

The Igloo Creek is adjacent to this campground and is available as a water source.  Campers are responsible for bringing their own filtration/purification items.

Cook stoves are permitted to cook food.  All food must be stored inside of the provided food lockers at the campground.

For rates, operational dates, and important information, please click here.


Wonder Lake Campground

Mile 85 – Denali Park Road
Potable Water Available: Yes
Fires Permitted: No

Maximum Vehicles Per Site: 0 (tent only)
Maximum Tents Per Site: 2
Maximum People Per Site: 4

The furthest campground from the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve, Wonder Lake Campground is a tent only campground accessible by Camper Transit Bus.

When the weather is clear, wake up to the incredible views of the Alaska Range in its full splendor. The mosquitoes and other biting flies can be quite thick from June until late-August so come prepared.

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Campground Rates, Dates and Information

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Campground Information