Camping in Alaska can mean anything from pulling over on the side of the road, to boondocking on a service road or enjoying the luxury and amenities of public and private campgrounds. If you really want to enjoy your experience camping in Alaska, seek out a campground. Campgrounds and RV parks offer lodging in the heart of the Alaska wilderness without the sacrifice of modern amenities like restroom facilities and running water. There are 400 RV Parks & Campgrounds around Alaska, each with dozens to hundreds of campsites. Alaska holds more than half of America’s national park lands. With 17 national park units and 16 national wildlife refuges, the options may seem limitless when it comes to picking the ideal campground. Begin by deciding what kind of camping experience you want, what you want to pay for it, and how you plan to travel.
Because of the distances between towns and services in Alaska, the sometimes unpredictable weather, and rough roads, it’s a good idea to do some research about where you’re going, and map out the campgrounds, services, and places you want to see before you leave. Take time to read about the “Do’s and Don’ts” of trekking through and camping in Alaska. Here’s one good place to start: http://roadtreking.com/alaska-rv-dos-donts/
- DO remember to fill up your gas tank every chance you get. The prices for gas aren’t going to be that much lower up the road, and if you’re stranded for a day or more on the side of the road, those “high” prices will seem a lot cheaper next time you pass them. Never let your tank dip below half-full. Not only will it help your gas milage, it will ensure you don’t run out of gas 100 miles from the next gas station.
- DON’T forget this is a once in a lifetime experience, even if you’ve been there before. Alaska is the last great frontier and if you spend too much time worrying about the price of things, where you’re going to stay, or fretting and sweating over the small stuff, you’re going to miss the adventure.
- DO remember to take your camera and to take hundreds, even thousands of photos. With digital photos it costs you nothing to preserve a memory you may never have another chance to make.
- DON’T expect unlimited cell phone coverage. Plan to disconnect from your phone and computer unless it’s really necessary—like for work or family emergencies or to stay in touch with family. The whole point of an adventure is getting away from your day-to-day existence. Enjoy your time away from your phones, computers, and tablets. You’ll be surprised how little you miss them after the first few days.
Now that you’re in Alaska, you can camp as luxuriously or as primitively as you like. It’s up to you. Pitch your tent at the base of a mountain or next to a pristine lake, or just pull off on the way to a favorite fishing spot. As expensive as Alaska can be, camping makes your trip much more affordable.
If you’ve never been to Alaska before, consider exploring The Alaska Campground Owner’s Association (ACOA). http://www.alaskacampgrounds.net/ The ACOA represents campgrounds throughout Alaska and is a member-owned non-profit. Their vision is to provide outdoor hospitality excellence to the camping public in Alaska. Alaska tourism is their business and they offer a variety of resources for the Alaskan camper and visitor.
Alaska has 24 National Parks, among the most visited are Denali, with six campgrounds inside the park;
Camping in Alaska: Anchorage Region
Anchorage Ship Creek RV – Camping in Alaska
150 N. Ingram Street,
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-277-0877 | 1-800-323-5757
Located just a few blocks from downtown Anchorage, Anchorage Ship Creek RV offers easy access to Alaska’s largest city and top attractions. The campground has clean restrooms and showers, friendly and courteous staff, water and electric hook-ups, laundromat, a local tour reservation center, and more.
- Full Hook-Ups
- Pull-Thru Sites
- Dry Sites
- Tent Sites
- Laundry Facilities
Local Tour Desk
- Gift Shop
- Group & Caravan Rates Available
Golden Nugget Camper Park – Camping in Alaska
Centrally located near downtown Anchorage, shopping Malls, and restaurants. This campground has both a big city and a wilderness vibe. The campground has 215 total sites, with 34 large pull-thru sites. The Golden Nugget is “Big Rig” and caravan friendly. There are also 87 back-in sites to accommodate larger rigs and tow vehicles. There are four heated restrooms and free hot showers.
A Municipal Park with Kaboom playground equipment for children and a large wooded exercise area for walking pets is located next to the campground. It’s also within close walking distance to Bus-Stop, Russian Jack Golf Course, city bike trails, a car wash, Costco, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Shucks Automotive.
- Friendly Service
- 215 RV and Motor Home Sites Available
- Full Hookups Sites
- Large, Spacious Pull-Thru Sites
- Picnic table at every site
- Electric Only Sites
- Dry Camp Sites
- Clean Restrooms
- Free Hot Showers
- On-site Laundromat (open 24 hrs)
- Wireless Connections
- Gift Shop
- Complimentary Coffee or Tea
- 24 Hour Maintenance Emergency Phone
- BBQ Pavilion (picnic tables & fire pits for gatherings)
Creekwood Inn RV Park – Camping in Alaska
2150 Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 258-6006
Reservations: (800) 478-6008
Creekwood Inn is centrally located in midtown Anchorage to give campers quick and easy access to everything the city has to offer. The campground has 45 spaces with full hook-ups, and a variety of rooms in the Inn to rent as well.
In addition to nearby downtown, they’re also situated next to the Chester Creek Trail, a vast greenbelt wilderness that’s perfect for nature walks, running, biking, cross-country skiing and even dog mushing. Right down the road, you’ll find the Sears Shopping Mall, Carrs Supermarket and a large selection of restaurants and entertainment options, including movie theaters and the Sullivan Arena.
- Free clean hot showers
- #1 rated coin laundry
- Free wifi high-speed Internet
- Picnic and barbecue area
- Free cable including HBO and Showtime
- Delicious-tasting water
- Free fresh-brewed coffee all day in the lobby
- Fish freezer — $3.00 for 15 lbs. per day
- Extended stay options
Camping in Alaska: the Interior Region
Riverview RV Park – Camping in Alaska
1316 Badger Road
Fairbanks, AK 99705
Riverview RV Park differs from the other major RV Parks in the Fairbanks area because it is NOT situated anywhere near the noisy traffic areas of Fairbanks. You don’t hear the heavy auto, airport, and boat traffic because Riverview RV Park is conveniently located just 9 miles from either North Pole or Fairbanks, on the Chena River. It’s upstream from all the hustle and bustle, yet just a 10-minute drive to downtown.
The campground is a family owned and operated RV Park. The owners have lived in the area since 1964. Riverview RV Park has 160 sites, 154 that are full hookup, 30/50 Amp electric, water, sewer, free Cable TV and Wi-Fi. Most sites are 70-foot pull thru sites with lawns. Look for their ratings in Good Sam. They have the highest ratings in Alaska. Their laundry facilities are kept incredibly clean. With 12 washers and 11 dryers, there’s rarely any waiting to do a load of laundry.
- Free Wifi
- Free Cable TV
- Riverside walking area for dog walking
- 3-hole Pitch and Putt golf course
Clearwater Lodge – Camping in Alaska
7028 Remington Rd.
Delta Junction, Alaska 99737
Phone: (907) 895-5152
The Clearwater Lodge has six full-service RV spaces above the river and three spaces on the river with power hookup only. There are three rustic, dry cabins available for rent. Each cabin sleeps up to 4 people and is equipped with beds, power, lights, and heat.
A laundry/shower facility on site has three washers and dryers along with two shower rooms.
The campground has a total of 160 sites, with 154 that are full hook up. They offer 30 or 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups. Perhaps the most attractive amenity of the Clearwater Lodge is the famed Clearwater Lodge Restaurant. Every Thursday night is Rib night and every Friday is Fried Chicken night, but campers can dine daily on a diverse menu that includes steak, chicken, burgers, and seafood.
- Fishing Guide Service
- Cabin Rentals
- Hot showers
Camping in Alaska: Soldotna / Kenai Penisula Region
For more campgrounds located in the Kenai Penisula Region visit The Alaska Campground Owner’s Association (ACOA)
Kenai RV – Camping in Alaska
16918 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572
Phone: (888) 536-2478
The Kenai campground is located along the Kenai River. It offers clean and well-maintained sites with mountain views and generous sites. The RV sites are 14 feet wide and can comfortably accommodate RVs or travel trailers with combined vehicle length under 40 feet. Travel trailers over 24 feet (including hitch) or RVs pulling cars will be required to purchase a second site to allow for parking of their vehicle. All sites are located near 24-hour portable toilets, $5 showers, and a guest lounge.
- 18 sites with 20/30 amp electric hook-up and water
- Lot-style campground & RV Park
- Dump station on site
- 6 dry RV sites available
- Quiet hours from 10:30 pm to 7:00 am
- Clean bathroom access inside the B&B from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- 24-hour access to portable toilets
- Showers available for $5
- Comfortable guest lounge
- Wi-fi available in the campground office
- Complimentary morning coffee
- Fishing from the banks of the Kenai River
- Discounts on guided rafting and fishing with our experienced, licensed and professional guides
Klondike RV Park – Camping in Alaska
48665 Funny River Road
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: (907) 262-6035 or tollfree (800) 980-6035
The Klondike RV Park has 35 RV sites, all with electric, water, and sewer. Fourteen sites have 50 amp. service. They can accommodate rigs up to 60 feet and most sites are 25 feet wide so you can enjoy the comfort of your slide-outs and still park your tow vehicle.
Klondike RV Park is located approximately 150 miles south of Anchorage, in Soldotna, AK – The heart of the Kenai Peninsula. The campground is one block from the Kenai River and less than 5 minutes from downtown Soldotna.
Klondike RV Park is a unique location in that it backs up to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This enormous tract of forests and lakes (nearly 2 million acres) occupies much of the Kenai Peninsula and offers over 200 miles of hiking trails. The Refuge Visitor Center is within a few miles of the campground.
The trip from Anchorage to the end of the road at either Seward or Homer is considered one of the top 25 most Scenic Highways in the U.S. There are 32 miles of mountain scenery, mountain streams, wooded mountains, mountain meadows and steep canyons. The Kenai itself is regarded by Alaskans as a priceless jewel and you won’t go wrong spending a few nights and days here.
They also rent cottages. The cottages have one enclosed bedroom with a queen bed and a loft with a standard futon. They will sleep 4 people comfortably. There is a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, range w/oven, refer, toaster & coffeepot. All utensils, kettles, dishes, and linens are included. There is a large walk-in shower in the bathroom. They also have a propane BBQ and a freezer for your fish.
Kyllonens RV Park – Camping in Alaska
74160 Anchor Point Rd
Anchor Point, AK
Phone: (907) 235-7762
Bald eagles and moose are daily visitors to the Kyllonen campground. So are RVers looking for a place to enjoy all that Alaska has to offer. The campground is small, only 25 gravel sites, but it’s a quiet, peaceful and very accommodating campgrounds. There are back-in and some pull-through RV sites for RVs ranging from 30-to-40 feet. Campers reviews on several websites rave about the helpfulness of the staff, and the high customer service and attention they receive.
Kyllonen’s RV Park is located directly at the mouth of the world famous Anchor River in Anchor Point. Enjoy a front-row seat to the best that Alaska has to offer, with both saltwater and freshwater fishing right at your doorstep. Enjoy views of the Cook Inlet volcanos, and experience the legendary King, Silver, and Steelhead runs on the Anchor River.
- World class golfing at Fireweed Meadows
- Saltwater Halibut and Salmon fishing charters
- Miles of beach to explore
- Whale watching
- Birding opportunities directly at the park
- Guided river fishing
Camping in Alaska: Denali Region
Nenana Camping – Camping in Alaska
210 E. 4TH ST
Nenana, AK 99760
Nenana RV Park & Campground is a full service facility that is conveniently located 55 miles southwest of Fairbanks and 75 miles north of Denali National Park. More than just a campground, the village of Nenana is an experience of authentic native and rural life in Alaska. Nestled within the Alaska range near two rivers, the quiet village of Nenana is the perfect spot to camp, fish, enjoy nature and appreciate life.
The campground has 45 available spaces (all pull-thru). Pull-thru size is (18 x 62)
There’s room for slideouts too. Some sites are shaded. There are 15 spaces for tent camping, 15 spaces with water hookups and 30 with 30 amp electric hookups.
- Propane sale
- RV Storage
- Secure Wi-Fi covers campground
- Showers included
- Clean Restrooms
- Handicap accessible
- Dump Station
- Picnic table At Site
- Fire pit
- Playground nearby
- Bikes available
- 4-wheel 2 person bike for rent
- DVD Rentals
- Library exchange
- Mini store on site
Denali RV Park – Camping in Alaska
Phone: (907) 683-1500
Denali RV Park has 70 Full Hookup RV sites at $52, Pull Thru sites at $56 and a 10% discount available for Good Sam, Seniors, and members of the Military. They also have motel rooms.
- Large Gift Shop
- Outdoor Cooking Area
- Hiking Trails
- Scenic Views
- Meeting Area Tent
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free Cable TV
- Clean Rooms
- Comfortable Beds
- Private Bath Rooms
Tour Booking for:
- Flight Seeing
- ATV Tours
- Dump Station (If you don’t use full hookups)
- Level Sites
- Bath House with locking doors and private showers
Easy Highway Access
Camping in Alaska: Southeast Region
Oceanside RV – Camping in Alaska
14 Front St.
Haines, AK 99827
Phone: (907) 766-2437
Haines, Alaska is widely known as the adventure capital of Alaska, and when you stay in Oceanside RV you’re right in the middle of the adventure. As a waterfront campground in Alaska, you have a year-round view of Alaska’s mountainous terrain and crystal waters. Their RV sites have individual full hook-ups with all the amenities to ensure your RV stay is a comfortable one. Some of the comforts at the ocean view sites are: water, sewer, electrical, laundry, shower, bathrooms, freezer space, and ice and soda machines. There are cable TV and WI-FI internet access to keep you connected during your stay. If you enjoy socializing, relax in the common room for RV site guests.
- Canal Marine Company
- Small Boat Harbor
- Harbor Bar and Liquor Store
- Lighthouse Restaurant
- Sheldon Museum
and close to:
- 1 mile from the Golf Course
- Visitor Information Center
- Tlingit Park and Playground
- Lookout Park
- Fort William H. Seward
- Haines Borough Public Library
Spruce Meadow – Camping in Alaska
Spruce Meadow RV Park
10200 Mendenhall Loop Rd.
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 789-1990
Spruce Meadow RV Park is located in beautiful Juneau, Alaska. They are an RV Park with a bed & breakfast attitude and a casual, friendly staff. The campground is privately owned and has been in operation since 2000. They are just 3.7 miles from the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry terminal. The Ferry is the only way to access Juneau by RV. The park is located only 4.3 miles from Juneau’s star attraction—the Mendenhall Glacier. Downtown Juneau is approximately 14 miles away and is easily accessible by city bus if you prefer not to drive. The bus stop is conveniently located just outside the park.
The RV Park has 47 scenic sites with water, sewer, and electric and 30 amp service. The sites are surrounded by Sitka Spruce, Alder, and natural wetland vegetation. The area is known to support wildlife such as Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, black bear, porcupines, eagles, and stellar blue jays.
- Limited Cable TV
- Book Exchange
- DVD/VHS – Lending Library
- Sparkling Clean Restrooms and Un-metered Showers
- Vending Machines
- Pay Phone
- Handicap Accessible
- Gazebo Area
- Picnic Tables Available
- Limited Tent Sites with common Picnic/Sink Area
- On-site Management
- Visa & Mastercard accepted
- Tour Information & Reservations
Camping in Alaska: Glenn Highway Region
Grand View Cafe & RV Park – Camping in Alaska
22518 West Glenn Hwy
Milepost 109.7 Glenn Hwy
Glacier View, AK 99674
Phone: (907) 746-4480 (summer)
The Grand View Cafe and RV park is a small, family owned and operated campground. It’s a both a campground and full service restaurant located at the closest point between the Talkeetna and Chugach Mountain ranges and the base of the Sheep Mountain Dall Sheep Reserve. They have great cell phone reception. The campground is complete with full service RV sites, tent sites, laundry, showers, and cable tv. The campground has three tent sites, each featuring an open grass camping area that’s approximately 20′ x 20′. Tent sites allow 4 adults with accompanying children and parking for 1 vehicle. There are two washers and two dryers that are available on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $2.00 to wash and $2.00 to dry and requires U.S. Quarters. Laundry facilities are available 24 hours.
There are 25 RV Sites: 19 are Pull Throughs to accommodate lengths up to 60 feet, while the remaining are back-In sites for RV’s less than 24 feet in length. Our open park design eliminates obstructions to maneuver around or that could potentially scratch your motor coach.
The restaurant is located inside a beautiful, hand crafted log building and local cooks serve up a home style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a full espresso bar, and sell smoothies, beer and wine. Local activities include visiting the Matanuska Glacier (one of the only glaciers with easy access by car and foot), glacier treks, ice climbing, river rafting, wildlife viewing, bird watching, and simply enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
- 24 hour washhouse and showers
- Hot showers ($3 for 9 minutes)
- Fresh spring water