Savage River Campground (Denali National Park)

State: Alaska

Short Name: Savage River Campground

Address 1: Denali National Park

Open: Open from late May through late Sep

Number of Sites: 33

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

National Park: 116

Savage River Campground

A window to Mt. McKinley
Savage River Campground is located at mile 13 on the Park Road. It is the smallest of the three vehicle-accessible campgrounds in Denali, with 33 sites available for tent or RV campers.

This campground is near the end of the paved, publicly-accessible portion of the Park Road.

What to expect in Savage
No campground in Denali has electrical or water hookups for RVs. Savage does have potable water, but no shower or laundry facilities.

Savage River Campground sits a few hundred feet below treeline, which is fairly low in Denali – about 3,000′ above sea level for many areas. Sites are screened with brush in most cases.

An old gravel road leads through the campground towards Savage River itself, where the trees are less dense and beautiful, open views can be had. On clear days, Mt. McKinley is visible from this area, a short walk from all the sites in Savage. Only two campgrounds in Denali boast such a view – Savage River and Wonder Lake.

Small animals, such as red squirrels and snowshoe hare, are commonly seen in Savage. On occasion, a variety of birds will nest in the immediate area – great horned owls, merlins and ravens being some examples from recent years. Bear sightings are rare in Savage, but a few pass through the campground every summer. Read below for more wildlife safety information.

There is a maximum of eight people and one vehicle / RV per site.

Savage Group Sites
In 2010 and 2011, Savage River will have two group camping sites. These are for parties of 9 to 20 people.

The group sites are located towards the rear of the campground.

Campground regulations
Necessities. Restrooms, both flush-toilet and pit-vaults, can be found throughout the campground. Potable water is available at spigots throughout the campground. All sites have a picnic table and fire grates (see below).

Be courteous. Quiet hours are between 10 pm and 6 am. Generators may only be operated from 8 am to 10 am, and 4 pm to 8 pm. There are no exceptions to these rules.

Wildlife & food storage. Keep all food and scented items (e.g., toothpaste, sunscreen, ice chests/coolers, etc.) in your hard-sided vehicle, if available. If you are tent-camping without a vehicle, use the food lockers found throughout the campground. Label and date your items in the food locker. Keep a clean camp and wash your dishes immediately.

Fire. Fires are allowed only in established grates. Wood may be purchased at the Riley Creek Mercantile. Use of power saws and cutting of live vegetation or standing deadwood are prohibited. Do not leave your campfire unattended. Do not cook on fire grates – use foil, and immediately dispose of it after cooking.

Pets. Pets are welcome at Savage. Dispose of pet feces in garbage cans. Secure pet food in your vehicle or a food locker.