You can go camping in northern Alaska

The camping

There are six campsites in Denali National Park and Preserve of various sizes and distances from the park entrance. Campsites vary in size and there are a limited number of campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length.

The Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika River ("Tek") campsites are open to RVs and tents. The Sanctuary River, Igloo and Wonder Lake campsites are only open to tents and can only be reached by shuttle bus.

Visitors wishing to camp in Teklanika with a car must stay at least three days and cars are not allowed to leave the campsite. Tek campers must buy a “Tek Shuttle Pass” so that they can use the shuttle bus system to continue to the western part of the park. Visitors cannot use the Tek badge to return east to the park entrance.

Except for the Sanctuary and Igloo, all campsites have toilets and drinking water, but none of them have electricity. Each campsite has a cupboard for storing food and other scented items.

The Riley Creek Store (Mercantile) is adjacent to the Riley Creek Campground and offers basic groceries and camping gear. The Mercantile is also the main center for campsite reservations and permits. There is also a possibility to empty the toilets of the mobile homes (free of charge for park campers). There is also Wi-Fi, and washing machines and showers.
To book a campsite on one of the campsites listed above, please visit either the Wilderness Access Center or the Riley Creek Mercantile. In order to spend the night in a tent in the hinterland you have to apply for a permit in person at the Backcountry Information Center, next to the Wilderness Access Center.

Hinterland permits are rationed. Every backcountry camper must use a bear-safe food container (free of charge). Rubbish must not be left behind in the hinterland. Glacier rivers and large game such as grizzly bears and elk pose particular dangers. It is important to be careful.