We are going to Alaska in mid-June 2011, and have decided to rent an RV. We enjoyed Denali so much last time we were there, we've decided we would like to spend about 3 days camping there this time. I'm trying to decide which campground would be best.
Riley Creek sounds as though it is the most convenient campground, but I've seen many comments that it's the noisiest and largest.
Savage River campground sounds great, and I'm leaning toward it. I love the fact that the surrounding trails sound lovely, Denali can sometimes be seen from nearby, and it's still not too far into the park. However, I'm worried about the bus tour. If we join an early morning TWT at Savage River, are we pretty much guaranteed lousy seats on the bus, assuming it's close to full as it leaves the WAC? Seems to me that last time we did the tour, the bus was almost full leaving the WAC. It's always an option to go back to the WAC in the morning before the tour starts and get on the bus there. Savage River is only 14 miles in, but from what I recall, those are SLOW miles in Denali. Does anyone recall how long the drive takes from Savage River to the WAC?
Tek campground also sounds great, but I think it's too far into the park for my liking. I don't like the fact that I can't travel backwards toward the WAC once I'm in.
Any advice or ideas anyone has would really be appreciated. Thank you!