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Camping in Alaska

By Alex Murphy

Alaska is a dream destination for many travelers, especially those who love the outdoors. Known as "the Last Frontier," the state is covered in wilderness with endless miles of National Parks and destinations far off the grid, making the Alaska camping experience unlike anything else.

It's important to note, Alaska is not for the average visitor, and it's also important to have the right camping gear and take steps to be prepared for bear country.

See a map of all camping in Alaska.

Alaska National Parks

Alaska is home to some of the least visited National Parks and some of the most famous in the world, including Denali National Park & Preserve. This massive park is centered around the mountain it's named for, which is the tallest peak in the country. Denali is bigger than several states and is famous for the Alaska backcountry with grizzlies and other wildlife. This park also has some of the best campgrounds in the state.

Starting with Riley Creek Campground has the most campsites in Denali National Park and is popular for its proximity to the park entrance. Another popular camping spot is Teklanika River Campground which has both tent sites and campsites for RVs.

While less of a household name, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which borders Canada, can bring experiences as big and wild as Denali. Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest National Park by area that the NPS manages. This park has several camping options.

History buffs will enjoy Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, commemorating the gold rush just before the turn of the 20th Century. While there is no camping within the park, there are several spots outside in nearby Skagway, AK.

Alaska State Parks

Not surprisingly, the Alaska State Parks system is the largest in the country. This massive state offers more than 100 options covering all regions of the state from the coast to the interior. This leaves a lot to discover and explore for anyone hoping to find a unique getaway.

Kachemak Bay State Park was the first in the state and is still a popular destination with its diverse ecosystem on the Kenai Peninsula. Plus, it's a short distance from Kenai Fjords National Park, another popular place to visit.

Getting to destinations in Alaska can be tough, which makes Chugach State Park popular due to its proximity to Anchorage. Many stay at the Bird Creek Campground.

Another popular spot for tent camping and RV camping, according to Campendium users, is Discovery Campground, located inside Captain Cook Recreation Area.

Free Camping in Alaska

Free camping in Alaska is easy to come by as so much of the state remains wilderness. This includes RV sites near cities and a few chances to find a truly off the grid remote campground.

Valdez Glacier, a city park, has spectacular views, while stops like Deadman Lake Campground is a wildlife refuge with easy water access for boaters. The free camping options in Alaska are seemingly endless.

RV Parks in Alaska

Visitors can find RV parks in Alaska throughout the state and near parks and cities like Anchorage.

Golden Nugget RV Park in Anchorage gives visitors easy access to town, while you can find something similar near Juneau with Spruce Meadow RV Park.

National Forests in Alaska

Despite all the public land, there are only two officially designated National Forests in the state. That includes Chugach National Forest, which is closer to Anchorage, and Tongass National Forest, which is closer to Juneau. Both are massive areas combining mountains, wilderness and access to Alaska's coast.

Recent Alaska Campground Reviews

Fairbanks, AK

Pioneer Park

Jun 13, 2024

"Parking Lot With Water"

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Not bad at all. Only noticeable noise was RV running generator all night. Not cold or hot so seemed unnecessary but who knows. The water is a little tricky to spot though it’s near the street entrance at the end by the park entrance.

PhotoGo
8 reviews
Fairbanks, AK

Walmart

Jun 13, 2024

"NO MORE! New Signs Up No Overnight Parking. "

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Saw warning of this on iOverlander so checked it out and the signs are up.

PhotoGo
7 reviews
Jun 12, 2024

"New Owner Doing Great. "

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Came to fish mainly and get rested up from our long travels. Owner is very friendly and courteous. He has plans to make this a great CG. Grounds are very well maintained and keep clean. Fishing just out the path from your site. Seward is typically expensive so this place is just right for the price and location. We are staying 12 days. Would...
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Smith Travelers
10 reviews
Fairbanks, AK

Tanana Valley Campground

Jun 09, 2024

"Not anything like we expected, very overcrowded. "

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We picked one of the only sites that was long enough with electric and thought, being it was an end site with only no hookup tents sites around us, we’d be fine. We were on site 27 and it slants, we had to maneuver in the middle of the road just to back in. Then realized the dump and water wouldn’t be accessible for us with such tight corners....
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Danny
17 reviews
Yukon-Koyukuk, AK

Arctic Circle

Jun 09, 2024

"It’s An Experience "

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The Dalton Highway is a challenge. You will take some damage, whether it’s just stuff shaking loose, crushing something in a pot hole, pr a rock in a window. You need to watch ahead and behind constantly, move over for trucks. Plan on averaging 20-30 miles an hour, it takes all day to go from Fairbanks to the Arctic Circle. We also waited an...
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Jeff
45 reviews