Camping in Alaska

      Everything you need to know about camping in Alaska.

      Your Guide to Camping in Alaska

      Forget the ordinary, Alaska camping throws down a challenge: majestic mountains, vast wilderness, and maybe even a moose as your neighbor! It’s not your typical backyard campout, but if you’re up for an adventure, Alaska’s got epic scenery waiting for you.

      Imagine waking up to Denali’s peak dusted with snow, or kayaking past glaciers in icy fjords. Whether you’re a rugged backpacker seeking remote trails or a family camper wanting basic amenities, there’s a campsite with your name on it. Just be prepared for anything – from epic views to unpredictable weather. So, pack your sense of adventure, bundle up, and get ready for an Alaskan camping experience you won’t forget!

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      While your tent might be your home base, don’t miss out on the vibrant energy of Anchorage. Take a day trip to Matanuska Glacier for a guided ice climbing adventure or hike up Flattop Mountain for stunning panoramic views of the city and surrounding Chugach Mountains. Anchorage offers the perfect blend of urban excitement and outdoor adventure, making it a great base camp for exploring Southcentral Alaska.

      Anchorage Alaska

      Denali National Park

      Witness the awe-inspiring presence of Denali, North America’s tallest mountain, piercing the Alaskan sky. Hike, bike, or take a bus tour through diverse subarctic landscapes, from taiga forests teeming with moose and caribou to alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers. Denali National Park offers a chance to witness the raw power and beauty of Alaska’s wilderness firsthand.

      Denali National Park Alaska


      During the long summer nights in Fairbanks, the sky comes alive with a mesmerizing natural light show – the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. Witness emerald green, fiery reds, and vibrant purples dancing across the night sky, an unforgettable spectacle that will leave you breathless. Fairbanks also offers unique experiences like soaking in the Chena Hot Springs Resort, learning about Alaska Native cultures at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center, and taking a scenic ride on the historic Alaska Railroad.

      Fairbanks Alaska

      Kenai Fjords National Park

      Embark on a journey through a photographer’s paradise. Kayak amidst towering icefields calving into turquoise waters, witness the graceful dance of humpback whales, and marvel at the sheer scale of Harding Icefield, one of North America’s largest. Pitch your tent at Bear Lake Campground for a rustic experience surrounded by mountains and glaciers, or choose Skilak Loop Campground for stunning vistas and amenities catering to both RVs and tents.

      Kenai Fjords National Park Alaska

      Kenai Peninsula

      This wildlife haven offers diverse experiences for every adventurer. Observe bears feasting on salmon at McNeil River State Game Refuge Campground (guided tours only), ensuring responsible interaction with these apex predators. Alternatively, camp near Skilak Lake for a chance to witness moose grazing in the meadows and witness a symphony of birdlife filling the air with their songs.

      Kenai Peninsula Alaska

      Things To Do In Alaska

      Northern Lights Viewing

       One of the most popular activities in Alaska is viewing the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. This natural light display is caused by the collision of charged particles from the sun with the Earth's atmosphere. The best time to see the Northern Lights is from late September to mid-April, when the skies are clear and dark.

      Glacier Bay National Park

      Imagine cruising amidst a wonderland of towering glaciers, some stretching for miles and calving into the turquoise waters below. Lush rainforests carpet the mountainsides, cascading down to meet the sea, creating a haven for diverse wildlife. Kayak amidst icebergs calving from tidewater glaciers, hike on the edge of glaciers to witness their immense power, and camp under a star-studded sky with the glaciers as your backdrop. Glacier Bay National Park offers an unparalleled opportunity.

      Glacier Cruising

      Alaska is home to many glaciers, and one of the best ways to see them is up close on a glacier cruise. These cruises take you through spectacular scenery, past towering glaciers, and into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. You may even see some marine wildlife along the way, such as whales, seals, and otters.

      Alaskan Native Villages

      Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and traditions of Alaska's indigenous people. Visit a village and learn about their way of life, from their stories and songs passed down through generations to their intricate artwork and craftsmanship. Witness traditional dances, taste authentic cuisine, and gain a deeper understanding of the rich heritage that shapes Alaska's identity. Your visit will not only be a cultural exchange but also a chance to contribute to the sustainability of these communities.


      Alaska's capital city, nestled amidst stunning fjords and mountains, offers a unique blend of nature and culture. Explore Mendenhall Glacier, ride the Mount Roberts Tramway for breathtaking views, and immerse yourself in Tlingit culture at the Alaska State Museum.

      Kodiak Island

      Embark on a wildlife adventure on Kodiak Island, home to the largest Kodiak brown bears on Earth. Witness these magnificent creatures catching salmon in streams, or observe them from a safe distance on guided tours. Hike through rugged wilderness, exploring windswept coastlines and towering volcanic peaks. Kayak alongside playful otters in protected bays, or explore tide pools teeming with diverse marine life, from starfish and anemones to sea urchins and hermit crabs.


      Discover Alaska's largest city, where vibrant urban life meets breathtaking natural beauty. Hike scenic trails like Flattop Mountain, offering panoramic views of the Chugach Mountains and the city skyline. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Alaska at the Anchorage Museum, or delve deeper into the world of glaciers at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. Indulge in fresh seafood at the Ship Creek Fish Market, savoring the bounty of the Pacific Ocean, and stroll through the vibrant Saturday Market, showcasing local crafts and artwork.

      Inside Passage

      A place where emerald islands rise from the sea, framed by snow-capped mountains and ancient glaciers; cruise through narrow channels teeming with marine life, spotting playful orcas and curious porpoises. Explore charming towns like Ketchikan, steeped in Tlingit culture and known for its totem poles, or Sitka, the former Russian capital boasting beautiful onion-domed churches.

      Katmai National Park and Preserve

      Brooks Falls is where the world's largest concentration of brown bears gathers to feast on salmon leaping upstream. At this stunning reserve, you can hike through volcanic landscapes still shaped by ancient eruptions and explore the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a testament to the power of nature's forces. Kayak on pristine lakes reflecting snow-capped peaks, or hike through lush valleys teeming with diverse wildlife, from caribou and moose to bald eagles and foxes.

      Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

      Towering peaks like Mount Sanford and Mount Blackburn pierce the heavens, offering world-class mountaineering challenges. Explore vast glaciers like Malaspina, stretching for miles like frozen rivers. Hike through valleys bursting with wildflowers, witness volcanic activity at Mount Wrangell, or embark on a multi-day backpacking adventure through diverse ecosystems, from alpine meadows to boreal forests.


      Discover the rich cultural heritage of Alaska's former Russian capital. Explore the onion-domed St. Michael's Cathedral, witness traditional Tlingit dances, or visit the Sheldon Jackson Museum to learn about the region's fascinating history.


      Indulge in fresh seafood and breathtaking views in this vibrant fishing community. Go halibut fishing in the deep waters of Kachemak Bay, explore the stunning glaciers of the Kenai Fjords National Park, or take a bear-watching tour to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

      Alaska Campground Owner’s Association (ACOA)

      The Alaska Campground Owner’s Association (ACOA) represents campgrounds throughout Alaska and is a member owned non-profit. Our vision is to provide outdoor hospitality excellence to the camping public in Alaska.

      ACOA produces the print Alaska RV & Camping Guide annually to help campers find their next adventure. You can order yours online through their website.

      Alaska tourism is our business. Stay with a proud professional. Stay with an Alaska Campground Owner’s Association Member. Look for the ACOA logo to ensure the camping experience of a lifetime.

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      Book an RV in Alaska

      Escape the ordinary and unlock Alaska's untouched beauty with the freedom of an RV rental. Skip fixed itineraries and rigid schedules - Alaska's awe-inspiring landscapes, from glaciers to Denali, are your playground. Hike majestic mountains, spot bears along rugged coastlines, or cozy up under the northern lights - all at your own pace.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Summer (June-August) offers the warmest temperatures and longest daylight hours, but expect crowds. Shoulder seasons (May-June, September-October) provide milder weather and fewer people. Winter camping requires extreme preparation and experience.

      Options range from developed campsites with amenities to primitive backcountry sites. Popular choices include Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Chugach National Forest. Consider your desired experience and skill level when choosing.

      Yes, permits are often required for camping in state and national parks, as well as on some Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Obtain permits in advance and know if reservations are necessary.

      Pack for unpredictable weather, including warm layers, rain gear, sturdy boots, and insect repellent. Bring essentials like a tent, sleeping bag, cooking gear, first-aid kit, and bear canisters.

      Unfortunately, not! While Alaska boasts vast wilderness, camping isn't allowed everywhere. To protect delicate ecosystems and wildlife, some areas have restrictions. Always check regulations before setting up camp.

      Camping costs in Alaska cater to every budget! Developed sites with showers and hookups can range from $10-50 per night, while adventurous souls can find free primitive camping in remote areas (don't forget permits though!). Private campgrounds offer various options at different price points, so be sure to research beforehand for the perfect fit. Remember, the cost reflects the amenities – choose your adventure!

      Bear safety is paramount when camping in Alaska. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it properly. Make noise while hiking and camping to avoid surprising bears.

      Store food properly in bear-proof containers or lockers provided by campgrounds. Never leave food unattended, and practice responsible waste disposal to avoid attracting bears.

      Campfire regulations vary depending on the location and current fire conditions. Always check for fire restrictions before igniting a campfire. Use designated fire rings whenever possible, and never leave a campfire unattended.

      Extinguish fires completely before leaving your campsite. Be mindful of the environment and practice responsible fire safety to minimize your impact on the Alaskan landscape.

      It's generally not recommended to drink untreated water from natural sources in Alaska, even if it appears clear. Giardia and other waterborne illnesses can be present. Bringing a water filter or treating water with purification tablets is a safe and reliable way to ensure your drinking water is safe.

      Leaving no trace is crucial for preserving the beauty of Alaska's wild spaces. Pack out all trash, including food scraps and hygiene products. Minimize your impact on vegetation and avoid disturbing wildlife. Respect fire rings and established campsites. Leave your campsite as you found it, allowing future visitors to enjoy the pristine Alaskan environment.

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