This page includes: Reservations | Description of each campground | General campground rules
Camping in Denali offers a great way to experience this spectacular park. Whether you wish to tent-camp, or camp with an RV or other vehicle, one or more of the park campgrounds should suit your interests. Please note that vehicles can only camp in established, open campgrounds in the park - not along pullouts or the side of the road.
Denali: Overview Map
General map of Denali and its place in Alaska
You may make reservations online, through a third-party reservation system. Reservations are possible as early as December 1 of the year before you wish to visit.
There is no easy answer to the question "Are reservations necessary?" Park campgrounds fill up sometimes, but not every night of the summer. If your schedule is very inflexible, and/or you know you want to camp in Denali (instead of one of the campgrounds outside of the park), then it is smart to make reservations in advance. If you wish to keep your Alaska travel plans loose and do not want to be bound by a reservation made months in advance, you can wait til you are here, or until shortly before you arrive, to try making reservations - but you might find limited availability in the park. There are many campgrounds outside of the park, ranging from 1 to 30 miles away.
Campground fees vary a little, but sites are all around $12 - $27 / night. Camping is free in winter (roughly late September - May 14 each year). Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive 50% off nightly camping fees.
Browse the campgrounds, below, for more details. Note that locations in Denali are usually given as a mile number along the sole road in the park - this indicates its distance from the park entrance (e.g., Mile 35, Igloo Creek Campground, is literally 35 miles from the park entrance). Also note that all campgrounds except Riley Creek are open in summer only (exact dates vary a bit from campground to campground).
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Regulations and Key Things to Know
The list below is not exhaustive, but here are some of the important things you must know about camping in Denali: