Best Camping in Alaska

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.

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Recent Alaska Campground Reviews

Sep 22, 2023

"Quiet, clean pullout, nice views, vault toilet"

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Between mile marker 21 and 22. Nice view, mountains on both sides over rock lake. Clean, pleasant vault toilet. Level enough to find a spot for one 20-30 foot rig, but would be too small for 2 unless traveling together with leveling gear. 1-2 bars verizon with weboost.

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Sourdough Fuel

Sep 17, 2023

"Easy Accessible Dump, No Flush "

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Dump is open 24hrs through the summer. Easily accessible for a big rig. Enter parking lot from Lathrop street, dump is located in front of gas pumps parallel with Van Horn Rd. Water available behind building by diesel pumps, so no ability to flush tanks while dumping, but can fill water after dumping. Propane available on site, but closed...
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Sep 14, 2023

"Nice Campground On A Lovely Lake"

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It’s a great stopover along the AlCan. The pit-privies were clean and the grounds well kept. We were lucky to find an open site that we could fit in and our camper is only 24’. There was a nice dock and boat launch that we would have loved to use if we’d been doing more than a one-night stay between travel days. Great for an overnighter, but...
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Sep 14, 2023

"Easy Access, Nice Sites, Poor Maintenance "

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We stayed for a week in the beginning of September. The base has easy access from Glenn Highway and the sites, nestled within the pines, are mostly good sized with water and power and a fair amount of space between them. The one bathhouse that was open (the other had been closed since we’d passed through six weeks earlier) had two washers and...
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Skagway, AK

Garden City RV Park

Sep 04, 2023

"Ok Spot To Stay"

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If you want to stay in town you have two options, and this is the cheaper one… dump station was in working order, laundry was sufficient (pretty cheap too), and location was walkable or a short drive towards the other end of town. Electric only at site for $50/night seems pretty expensive, but we wanted to stay in town. Spot was level and easy...
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