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Park Service Campgrounds

Camping fees are listed here, but reservation fees and entrance fees may be added when you pay. Only Riley Creek Campground is open after September (water is off in winter). The rest reopen when the snow is gone in May, except Wonder Lake, which opens in June. I have noted where RVs are permitted in the description of each campground. The maximum-size sites are for 40-foot units, and there are not many of those. There are no RV hookups at any campground in the park.

Keeping Clean at Denali -- The only showers within the park are at Riley Creek Mercantile, the store near the Riley Creek Campground, which also has laundry machines and other services. You pay by the shower, so there's no coin-operated timer to feed. You can also wash your clothes and shower at Miners Market and Deli/McKinley RV and Campground in Healy. The larger park campgrounds have the typical cold-water bathrooms found in the national parks, while others have vault toilets.

Bus-Accessible Campgrounds

To use these campgrounds, you'll need a camper ticket on the shuttle bus, which costs $32 for adults, half price for children ages 15 to 17, free for ages 14 and under. There are no businesses and no phones beyond the park entrance area; you must bring in everything you need. Wildlife management concerns sometimes close these campgrounds unexpectedly.

Commercial Campgrounds

There are several commercial campgrounds in the general vicinity of the park entrance, although none in walking distance. Denali Outdoor Center Otto Lake Campground and Cabins (www.denalioutdoorcenter.com; tel. 888/303-1925 or 907/683-1925) will appeal most to those looking for a quiet park setting. Located at .5 Mile, Otto Lake Road (turn west at mile 247 of the Parks Hwy., 10 miles north of the park entrance), the campground has 30 sites, half on the shore of Otto Lake, half on a ridge above the lake with excellent mountain views. On the downside, it can be very windy. Nightly camping rates are $8 per adult, $4 per child. There are no RV hookups. Three basic log cabins sit at lakefront, renting for $92 in the high season, $78 in spring and fall ($10 each additional adult, free children 12 and younger). Showers are extra. The Denali Outdoor Center also guides rafting outings, described above.

Denali Grizzly Bear Cabins and Campground (www.denaligrizzlybear.com; tel. 866/583-2696 or 907/683-2696) is about 6 miles south of the park entrance at mile 231.1 of the Parks Highway. Some sites sit on an exposed hillside, while others are among small trees. Small cabins and tent cabins dot the property as well; they range from $65 without a bathroom to $260 for a unit with a full bathroom and kitchen. There are coin-operated showers. Tent sites are $24 for up to four people, with electrical and water hookups $12 more. (The hotel on the property is.)

A campground with birch trees and attractive sites is 10 miles north of the park, next to the highway in Healy. Miners Market and Deli/McKinley RV and Campground, at mile 248.5 on the Parks Highway (www.mckinleyrv.com; tel. 800/478-2562 or 907/683-2379), also has a gas station, a token-operated laundry, hot showers, and a free hourly shuttle to the park. Basic tent sites are $10, full hookups $32.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.