Sanctuary River campground is a secluded, tent-only campground in Denali National Park. This campground is perfect for experienced campers who want a bit of privacy and opportunities for unique hiking and vistas. The campsites are private from each other, and nearby mountains offer incredible hiking trails. This campground is accessible by park shuttle bus.

Reservations for this campground are only available on a first come, first service basis. The campground offers vault toilets, but no potable water. Make sure to bring a water filtration system and extra batteries! The campground is accessible via camper bus, and tickets can be secured when you secure a Sanctuary River campground permit. 

The campground is open from late May until mid September. The campground hosts 6 sites. To secure reservations, you must do so in person at the Wilderness Access Center or Riley Creek Mercantile upon arriving in the park to see if sites are available. 

Wildlife such as squirrels, ravens, horned owls, and hares are often seen in this campground. Larger animals such as moose, caribou, and grizzly bears are also occasionally seen. 

Photos: Jim LiestmanJimmy Emerson, and Norm Lenburg

Pack List

  • Camping supplies
  • Warm layers (non-cotton)
  • Water filtration system and lots of extra batteries 
  • Warm sleeping bag, insulated sleeping pad
  • Map of Denali National Park
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Advanced
Season Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Forest
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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