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A Window to DenaliThis campground is near the end of the paved, publicly-accessible portion of the Denali Park Road. You may drive a car or RV to and from the campground any time of the day or night when the campground is open.
If you do not have a vehicle, you may use a free bus called the Savage River Shuttle to travel between this campground and the park entrance. Sightseeing farther into the park, past Savage River, requires purchase of a non-narrated transit bus ticket. A bus stop at the campground entrance is where you can wait for either of these types of buses.
What to Expect in SavageNo campground in Denali has electrical or water hookups for RVs. Savage does have potable water, but no shower or laundry facilities.
Savage River Campground sits a few hundred feet below treeline, which is fairly low in Denali - about 3,000' above sea level for many areas. Sites are screened with brush in most cases.
An old gravel road leads through the campground towards Savage River itself, where the trees are less dense and beautiful, open views can be had. On clear days, Denali is visible from this area, a short walk from all the sites in Savage. Only two campgrounds in Denali boast such a view - Savage River and Wonder Lake.
The nearby Mountain Vista Rest Area and Savage Rest Area offer opportunities for hiking, scenic views, picnicing and more.
Small animals, such as red squirrels and snowshoe hare, are commonly seen in Savage. On occasion, a variety of birds will nest in the immediate area - great horned owls, merlins and ravens being some examples from recent years. Bear sightings are rare in Savage, but a few pass through the campground every summer. Read below for more wildlife safety information.
There is a maximum of eight people per site.
Group Camp Sites
There are three group camping sites in Savage. These are for parties of 9 to 20 people. Commercial groups must have pre-approval to use these sites.
The group sites are located towards the rear of the campground.
Last updated: August 26, 2021