Riley Creek Campground (Denali National park)

Alaska…Denali National Park…the two are virtually synonymous. Going to Alaska without spending some time in Denali National Park wasn’t an option. And since we like camping, we decided that camping in Denali was high on our list of things to do. We chose Riley Creek Campground right inside the main gate of Denali National Park.

Location

Riley Creek Campground is located about a mile inside of the main gate to the park. This puts you about 2.5 hours from Fairbanks and about 4.5 hours from Anchorage.

There’s not much to speak of around the area other than the small town of Healy. The purpose for being here is to visit Denali National Park, though, so this puts you close to everything you want to see, including the Visitor’s Center and the Murie Science & Learning Center.

Amenities

Hook-ups

Like the rest of Denali National Park, there are no hookups at all. So don’t come expecting an electrical or water hookup. If you’re in an RV, there is a dump station at the Riley Creek Mercantile.

Bathrooms

The bathrooms are small, but sufficient, and clean with both soap and hand towels. Amazing! There are no showers within the campground itself, but there are pay showers at the Riley Creek Mercantile.

Laundry & Wi-Fi

Big surprise…there’s no laundry or wi-fi at the campground either (though, again, both are available at the Riley Creek Mercantile). Go explore the park!

Campsites

The campsites at Riley Creek are rather big. With our tent on the tent pad at a “B” site, there was a ton of room for our outdoor cooking gear, the picnic table, and basically anything else we could have possibly needed to drag out. If we’d had any kind of canopy or collapsible screen room, it would have fit with no issues.

Plus, there’s a good bit of vegetative screening between most sites, so you have quite a bit of privacy.

Price/Value

The “B” sites, which work for tents and RVs up to 30′ long, are $22 per night. The longer “A” sites, which work for RVs up to 40′ long, are $28 per night. Non-reservable walk-in tent sites (“C” sites) are $14 per night.

Like many of the western parks, showers are not included. They are $4 per shower and include a towel. The water gets as hot as you could possibly need it to and you’re not limited to a specific time limit like at many places. But really, be water-conscious anyway.

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