The Best Camping in Denali National Park and Preserve

Looking for the best camping in Denali National Park and Preserve? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Denali National Park and Preserve. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Healy, Alaska

    Camp at Wonder Lake

    Sitting at mile 85 of the 92 mile park road through Denali National Park, Wonder Lake Campground is an oasis in the wilderness. Wonder Lake is also the the closest you can get to Denali. (Note: You may see the big mountain called Mt. McKinley on maps, but everyone in Alaska calls it Denali.) Pr...
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  • Trapper Creek, Alaska

    Byers Lake Trail

    5.16 mi / 151 ft gain
    Byers Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Talkeetna, Alaska.
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  • Healy, Alaska

    Hike the Toklat East Branch Trail

    9 mi / 3200 ft gain
    The Toklat East Branch Trail doesn't require any stream crossings, making it a preferable backpacking location. Wildlife such as grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, and sheep are often sighted. Be aware of the temperature drop and high winds at night if you are camping. Make sure to secure a permit. 
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  • Trapper Creek, Alaska

    Backpack Kesugi Ridge

    4.7
    27.4 mi / 4650 ft gain
    Kesugi Ridge is a 27.4 mile point-to-point trail from Little Coal Creek to Byer's Lake in Alaska's Denali State Park. To get to the trailhead from Anchorage, take the Park's Highway north to the parking area at Little Coal Creek Trailhead at milepost 163.9. The trail quickly climbs about 1,750 f...
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