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Teklanika River
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Yes, it is rustic even for people in the RVs. Heaven forbid...no outlets and water hookups and they won't let you run your generator whenever you want (limited hours for generators)

So I am sure some people that can't live without their hookups for 3 days will not like Tek.

But all of that is why I LOVE Tek Campground. I can RV and still feel like I am with nature, especially because the sites are wooded and at least a little private if not completely separated.

You get the TekPass to ride the Park Bus cheap and you save 2 hrs round trip on the bus each trip out sightseeing and hiking.

It is my first choice in DNP

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

To get a better experience in Denali and not have to spend so much time shuttling to/from the park entrance, this RV park was a great experience. We got the shuttle tickets and used them to see different parts of the park along the single road. The days were very long go to/from different sites, but well worth it. The RV camp was nicely maintained, but there was NO drinking water. The pump had recently broken so we were very careful to ration our water. I suppose we could have boiled some water if we got desperate enough. One thing to NOT underestimate - the mosquitoes. They are everywhere! Come prepared with bug spray.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

First of all, we had a great time in this camp site with our 25 foot RV, we were gone before 7 am and back at 8 pm, so not alot of time spent during the day. You must stay 3 nights and no moving your car or RV, we stayed for 4 nights. It seems lots of people walk thru your area, so remember to shut your shades, I may have damaged a young man for life, sorry.

We did see bear droppings at the river next to the campgrounds. The campgrounds have out houses, and one of them you were allowed to dump grey water with your bucket. So we were able to shower each night and do dishes. 4 days is pushing the limits for sewage and grey water as well as fresh water. Keep that in mind for your stay. We did use a gallon jug to dump fresh water back into the RV. No hooking up to the fresh water source. You can run generators, a few hours in the am and the pm, check for the hours.
I think someone mentioned the camp host hovered around the camp grounds, that is correct. She was always walking and checking your area for anything not "legal", say shoes, cook stove and lots of other infractions. Its best to get the rules before you enter the camp grounds so you are not constantly told them. Many of our neighbors got in trouble, as we did. Our infraction was leaving our cook stove outside while we carried the meat inside. Seems it needs to be put away hot, not allowed to cool. We were questioned the next morning as to what neighbors were making too much noise, we wouldn't rat on our fellow camp mates. To be honest, We went to sleep at 8:30 pm and didn't hear anything.
We purchased the pass that allows you to travel past mile marker 29, but not before it. That was ok, we used the shuttle service each day for rides off and on several times, ride 5 miles walk 5 miles, etc. It was really wonderful, but keep in mind they often do not have room for you, or people will not move equipment so you can ride. Sometimes we had to wait over an hour for rides, we just kept walking. It worked out for us, we did not mind the walking. We did not make it to wonder lake, buses were all full.
3 adults 171.00 total 4 nights @ 16.00 and 3 passes@ 34.00 5.00 service fee
We would stay here again, rules and all.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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8  Thank diver01
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Denali. Friendly (a bit hovering) camp host, nice crowd, pretty sites and nice riverbed hike nearby.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Loved this campground. Traveled there in a 30 ft RV and had plenty of room. Sites spaced well apart. No hookups and only pit toilets but who cares! You are in Denali! Loved the remoteness of this area. Walked by river which is super close-saw a caribou meander by. We were within yards of it-will never forget that up close experience with such a magnificent animal. Get reservations early and stock up before heading there! You are on your own so plan ahead.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank anitaLouisville
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

Teklanika is the RV camp further into the park. Staying there the trip into the park is 1 hour shorter! From Savage RIver (mile 15 of the Park Road) no private vehicles can go in the park, except if you are staying in Teklanika (mile 29). Take into account that from mile 15 the road is gravel. The minimum stay is 3 nights, that it is not much to see that beautiful park.
Although it was crowded (I would recommend making reservations quite in advance), it was nice and comfortable. Sites have some vegetation separation, although the vegetation is little tundra spruce trees.
The camp is really close to Teklanika river so you can hike around the area (take care of bears!)

Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
6  Thank bertismo
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

Like most national park campgrounds this one gets a lot use, but is well located, well laid out and very clean and organized. The vault toilets near our site were literally brand new.

This location puts you 29 miles into the park. It's the farthest in you can camp with your own vehicle or RV. It saves you an hour on the NPS shuttle bus each way.

You can also hike along the Teklanika River right from camp.

Reservations are needed. This campground, the shuttle bus and our RV were the only advance reservations we made during our 2 week Alaska trip and the only ones we needed. The campground was booked full on our way in and out.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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8  Thank J24
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Address: mile 29 Denali Park Rd, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK
Region: United States > Alaska > Denali National Park and Preserve
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Ranked #13 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Denali National Park and Preserve
Price Range: £12 - £15 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 53
Also Known As:
Teklanika River Hotel Denali National Park And Preserve
Teklanika River Alaska/Denali National Park And Preserve

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