Camping near Anchorage

Alaska’s largest city doubles as a recreation hub with immediate access to parks and wild spaces.

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Darell B.’s Magical Mountain

3 sites · Lodging3 acres · Anchorage, AK
Sleepy Bear cabin was built as a retreat for my father here in Alaska. Our 1st year listed on Hipcamp our cabin came in second in best places to stay in Alaska with Hipcamp. The last 2 years we were still mentioned in the top 10 with some pretty stiff competition. Eagle River South Fork trail with stunning views of Eagle and Symphony lakes is a short bike ride away. Breathtaking Barbara Falls is in our valley 10mins away. You hike up to the falls and feels its breath. Our Mountain views at 2000' elevation in the alpine forest with the 7000' snow covered peaks at the back of the valley will awe you. Morning coffee on your private deck alone is worth the trip. We know you will love our little mountain get away. I came to Alaska in the 90's with the Coast Guard. It was always my dream to come back. Alaska has a hold on you no other place possesses. Since our move back almost 6 years ago, our family has blossomed. We love living here and want to share our love of Alaska with others.
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Jim Creek Blank Land

30 sites · RVs13 acres · Palmer, AK
This is blank land in the Buette area of Palmer, Alaska. No signs except for the address sign. Make your own spot. No amenities. Please take your own trash out. Enjoy your stay for just $10 a night. Near Jim Creek. Great fishing. A lot of trails for 4X4s and riding ATVs. Come park your car, camper, RV etc and enjoy Alaskan life at Jim Creek Blank land.
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BlueWater BaseCamp LLC

8 sites · Lodging5 acres · Chugiak, AK
Welcome to BlueWater BaseCamp! BlueWater BaseCamp is a haven for those who seek solace and rejuvenation in nature without venturing far from the city. Nestled in the scenic Eklutna Valley, it stands as a boutique hotel and event venue catering to independent travelers, locals, groups of up to 22 people, and events with up to 75 attendees. Accommodations: Our Deluxe Micro Cabins offer an intimate Alaskan experience, perfectly suited for two. Each cabin features a cozy living room with a petite couch, chair, and Murphy table. The kitchenette is fully equipped with silverware, pots and pans, culinary tools, basic spices, and an in-cabin coffee maker. Stovetop burners, a microwave, and a mini fridge are also at your disposal. The bathrooms include shower, toilet, sink and some have soaking tubs. The bedrooms boast queen beds with closet space and some cabins have a loft for unwinding with a good book. For those seeking a soaking tub experience, Ranger's Roost & Bashful Peak Cabins have the added luxury of a relaxing tub. Our larger cabins, designed for groups of 4-5, offer a fully handicap-accessible first floor. The spacious cabins feature a full kitchen equipped with a mid-sized fridge, stove, oven, microwave, and a dining table for 4. The bathroom is generously sized, featuring a roll-in, zero-threshold shower, roll-under sink, and appropriately placed grab bars. The main floor bedroom hosts a queen-size bed with a 4′ turning radius, while the upstairs area provides two twin beds or a queen bed for the rest of your party. An additional pullout couch is available if needed. Immersed in the tranquility of the surrounding woods, our deluxe cabins serve as the perfect retreat to rest, rejuvenate, and explore the Eklutna Valley and beyond. Book Now to reserve your private getaway!
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Lulu's Glamping on the Knik River

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Palmer, AK
Reconnect with nature at this unforgettable escape. Located on the river's edge of the Knik River in Palmer, Alaska, our glamping tents offer a unique experience. Unplug, unwind and kickback in our Stout canvas style bell tents. Each tent is stylishly outfitted with a queen size bed, linens, rugs, stylish decor and other amenities. You also will have your own smokeless Solo Stove with seating for two outside your tent. Only 45 minutes north of Anchorage, our location boasts incredible views with access to all things outdoor! There are shared porta toilets with foot pump sinks with soap for hand washing on site. There is one on demand outdoor shower! We have an outdoor kitchen with a BBQ grill, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, salt, pepper and other items for guest use. Half of the property is an adult glamping experience. Half of the property allows children, as long as you understand that we are located right on the river and children should be supervised. Our property is the perfect basecamp with easy access to hiking for all abilities; Bodenburg Butte, Lazy Mountain, Pioneer Peek and Pioneer Falls. Located right on the Knik River we can help you plan a day of fishing, kayaking or riverboat touring. Other local activities include ATV rentals, glacier helicopter tours, exploring the town of Palmer, the Alaska State Fair, a trip to the Reindeer Farm, Independence Mine State Historical Park, the Musk Ox Farm, horseback riding, touring our breweries, enjoying the local golf course, sled dog tours and so much more! Although we love pets, in order to keep tents clean and odor fee, pets are not allowed without permission. No smoking 🚭 Check in 4pm Check out 11am We ask that shoes be removed before enter the tent.
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Historic Wharfsite at Sunrise AK

10 sites · Tents10 acres · Sunrise, AK
Learn more about this land: Sixmile Creek empties into Turnagain Arm next to this picturesque area. River rafting and fishing is nearby as well as the goldrush town of Hope just eight miles away. High tides twice a day can turn this into an island if they are over 29 feet. This property is about a half mile walk down a gold-rush era road to the wharf site of the gold rush town of Sunrise City. The buildings and tents of the approximately 10,000 miners who lived in this area are long gone. But the scenic views, peacefulness and quiet of this rugged area of south central Alaska are not soon forgotten. There are no paved trails or boardwalks. No crowds or hot dog vendors. Imagine fishing without crowds--catching pink and silver salmon or trout with awesome views of the Chugach National Forest. Don't expect amenities. This is camping outdoors in Alaska. There is a communal firepit with a portable firepit and grill that can be moved to whereever you set up your tent. Usually your group will be alone on your adventure here. There is nothing like this location anywhere else along Turnagain Arm.
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BRIDGE CABIN at Bear Creek Lodge

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Hope, AK
Welcome to The Bridge Cabin, a charming dry cabin nestled on two private acres in the historic town of Hope, Alaska. Part of the Bear Creek Lodge community, this cabin offers a serene and secluded retreat surrounded by natural beauty. The cabin itself is one of eight individual cabins within the Bear Creek Lodge property. It provides a cozy and rustic atmosphere, perfect for immersing yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the Alaskan wilderness. While the cabin does not have plumbing or electricity, there is convenient access to an old outhouse nearby. For added comfort and convenience, guests of The Bridge Cabin have access to modern indoor facilities located across Bear Creek at the main lodge. Here, you'll find shared showers, toilets, and sinks, ensuring that you can freshen up after a day of outdoor adventures. During your stay, be sure to explore the nearby amenities, including a coffee shop at the lodge and the Dirty Skillet evening dinner house. Whether you're seeking outdoor activities or simply want to relax and unwind in a tranquil setting, The Bridge Cabin offers the perfect retreat in scenic Hope, Alaska.
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The Glacier Breeze Cabin

1 site · Lodging4 acres · Palmer, AK
The 280 sq ft open floor plan cabin is delightfully set up for a comfortable stay for up to two people. Perfect for a romantic getaway, an adventure home base, an escape from the hustle of town or even all of the above! With Ted Stevens airport only one hour away, the cabin also makes for great destination to start or end your trip to get a great nights sleep while getting that first, or final, taste of the tranquil Alaskan surroundings. With a wide assortment of year round activities in the area, the cabin is an excellent choice for a place to recharge after having the adrenaline pumping all day. The experience at the Glacier Breeze is so unique, that it’s even become a place for locals to come get away and enjoy the Alaskan beauty at some of it's best! Do you worry about being surprised by the cleaning fees and checkout chores? You can already start to relax! We have no cleaning fee and the only thing we ask at check out is to make sure you have your stuff and to put the heat on low if it’s freezing out. After all, it’s you that’s here on vacation, not us! So what’s the cabin have to offer you? It may be a tiny cabin, but it’s loaded with comforts and hand crafted details! The open floor plan living area has a comfortable love seat with entertainment provided via a TV loaded with several streaming services. If you would prefer some auditory entertainment, an Alexa speaker is waiting for your request for soothing tunes of your choice to further enhance the already relaxing atmosphere. Should you prefer to just unplug from the outside world you can choose from assorted board games or Alaskan themed books to chill out with. A wood stove with supplied firewood will keep you toasty through the chilly Alaskan nights , we will of coarse be glad to explain how to use it should you not be familiar with operating one. The full size memory foam Murphy bed is layered in soft, hypoallergenic and sustainably sourced bamboo sheets topped by a warm down alternative comforter. Add in the crackling sound of the wood slowly burning in the stove and you will for sure get a great nights sleep! Blackout blinds are installed on the windows for those not so dark summer Alaskan nights. The amply equipped kitchen includes a stove, full size refrigerator, toaster, blender, crock pot, pans and the utensils you need to prepare your favorite meals. Craving a coffee or other hot beverage fix? We have you covered with the choice of a drip pot, Kureg or French press with an assortment of coffee and tea, featuring locally sourced samples. If you need something that’s not on hand, let us know and we may have it to bring out to the cabin for you to use. Not up to cooking? We would be glad to recommend a local restaurant depending on what you may be in the mood for. The Palmer area has some great locally owned restaurants, many that serve locally sourced foods. It might surprise you what is produced here in the Matsu Valley! The private bathroom features a tub/shower combo with body wash, shampoo and conditioner provided. Fast 50mb Wifi is provided for your entertainment and work needs. Bear spray and bug spray are also supplied to help keep some of the more aggressive residents at bay while out exploring the area. Please do let us know if you use the bear spray so we can replace it with a new one for the next guests, and we aren’t going to lie, we would want to hear the story! As if all that was not all the reason you needed to stay at Glacier Breeze, the cabin is conveniently located nearby several popular attractions: Knik Glacier tours and winter fat tire bike access to glacier - 1 mile Knik Glacier Helicopter tours. Several glacier tour options, heli-skiing, heli-hiking, dog sledding on the glacier in the summer and custom tours to create your own adventure. - 2 miles Pioneer Ridge trailhead - 4 miles Guided fishing on the Knik River and other valley rivers- Close! 49th State Motor Tours - 13 miles Reindeer Farm - 14 miles Alaska Horse Adventures - 14 miles Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak Farm - 15 miles Musk Ox Farm - 21 miles Alaska Zipline Adventure Park - 23 miles Hatcher Pass Area - 36 miles Snowhook Dogsledding, Snowmachine and ATV tours - 1 hour away Matanuska Glacier Tours - 1 1/2 hour away And there’s much more to do in additions to those as well and we would be glad to help you with recommendations. Then, after your day exploring the Mat-Su, you can easily be back relaxing at the Glacier Breeze after a day of making lifelong memories. We not only pride ourselves on just providing you with great accommodations, but also the high level of hospitality that comes along with your stay. Our goal is to have you not wanting to leave, remembering your stay here as a highlight of your Alaskan trip and especially looking forward to coming back! After all, every season is an entirely different experience! ** Special notes for winter ** As you can imagine, Alaska requires some extra effort in the winter. We will do our absolute best to make sure that you have as enjoyable of a time as possible with any weather mother nature may toss at us. If at anytime you have any concerns, please reach out to us and we will assist you the best we can! - If snow and ice are present, please use extra caution with footing. We do everything we can to provide for safe traction, but like everywhere in Alaska in winter, it is a constant battle with mother nature! -Please remove any ice cleats before entering the cabin to prevent damage to floor. -There is a snow shovel and ice melt provided should you need it, though we will also clear snow as required, typically after around 3" of new snow. Please understand that snow clearing operations in the area can occur at all hours of the day and night creating periodic noise. - An extension cord is provided outside for plugging in vehicles, should temperatures make it necessary. - Please let us know of any issues such as possible frozen water lines as soon as possible. This is not normally an issue, but after sustained subzero temperatures, problems can occasionally occur. -We recommend bringing some food just in case you need to wait for plows to clear the roads to get back to town. It's a good idea to travel with some in your vehicle in general , in case you get stuck on the roadside somewhere.
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Portage Island Glacier

23 sites · RVs, Tents90 acres · Portage, AK
Alaska's city of Portage was nearly destroyed in the 1964 earthquake; only 20 cabins remain on the 90 acres, privately owned by H. Tomingas, that divides The Portage River. During high enough tides, "Portage" is totally surrounded by water making it into an island. In other words, it's the only place that actually has a tide regulated moat!Learn more about this land:Private property overlooking Potter's Marsh just outside of Anchorage with a view that's unreal. Two separate cabins to choose from (our other listing), or pack in and pitch your own tent -- this listing!
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Alaskan Adventure Haven

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Knik River, AK
The Magic Bus, as the replica bus from "Into The Wild" movie. Located in the woods, with comfortable beds, linen and electricity. You can watch the wildlife straight from the windows! Located within 200 feet from comfortable full bathroom, and the other facilities of the area Come stay in our multi-cultural, and multi-language Glamping, located in the woods by the Glacier river, right at the access to all great attractions of the area.
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Hunter Creek Alluvial Fan Glamping

1 site · Lodging10 acres · Palmer, AK
Situated in the upper end of the Knik river valley. Our 10 acre property is located where Hunter Creek flows into the Knik. Surrounded by 360 degree views of 6000 + foot mountains in the Chugach Range. We are next door to the Knik Glacier tours and the face of Knik Glacier is a mere 8 miles from our house. Trails, boating, and tours abound all within a 20 minute drive from the property.
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Birch forest

4 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · Knik Fairview, AK
Learn more about this land:It really is just a nice forested lot for a nice basecamp in Alaska. Private driveway 4 Private lots for camping 4 firepits Porta pottys Close to Town
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North 40

5 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Sutton, AK
Camp right on the banks of the Matanuska river while staring at the magnificent King Mountain, Sentinel mountain, and Craig Mountain! Over 10 acres to pick a spot to pitch your tent or park your RV! The sites are first come fist serve. Kids will love playing in the shallow river streams and sandbars, rock hounding is great and dogs are welcome but please be a responsible dog owner and clean up after them. Come enjoy some peace and serenity at North 40!
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Camping near Anchorage guide

Overview

Anchorage is the largest population center in Alaska and while it has plenty of urban appeal, the wilderness is not far away. In fact, Chugach State Park is just outside the city with over a half million acres of recreational paradise. Many visitors fly into Anchorage and quickly leave for other destinations, but for those who stay, Anchorage is convenient to a ton of incredible areas loaded with rivers, lakes, coastlines and wilderness for epic camping. Local pilots run regular bush flights into remote areas, and the road system connects directly to many of Alaska’s most coveted destinations.

Where to go

Chugach State Park

The largest state park in the United States nearly borders the city of Anchorage. At more than a half million acres, this park is more akin to an expansive wilderness area. Access is possible from a number of different towns with Anchorage being one of them. The Eagle River Valley is nearby for fishing and recreation in the river corridor. Or, head to the Glen Alps trailhead for an overlook and hike that offers expansive views.

Drive to Denali National Park

The park is a four drive from Anchorage with no shortage of fun between the city and entrance. Willow and Talkeetna are both adventure hubs with chances to catch salmon, take flightseeing tours and to hike and enjoy the surrounding forests. When you reach Denali National Park, consider hiking to really penetrate the interior. Shuttles are available on the main road or you can walk/bicycle along the route. Rafting trips are also available just outside the park.

Visit the Kenai Peninsula

Just to the south of Anchorage is the Kenai Peninsula where exceptional rivers and coastal access awaits visitors. The Kenai River is world renowned for rafting and it has impressive salmon runs during the summer. The rainbow trout reach giant sizes from feeding on salmon eggs and flesh here. Whitewater rafting through the rapids is a great way to experience the Kenai or you can head to the coast for a boat ride and fishing trip in the Cook Inlet.

Book a Fly Out Trip

One major advantage of visiting Anchorage is access to fly out operations. Many companies fly from Anchorage to remote locations in the interior. You can book a day trip for flight seeing or plan a more involved trip with a flyout dropoff and pickup. These true wilderness experiences require that you pack everything needed to camp, cook and navigate between the plane ride out and pickup. Some flyout trips will drop off at rental cabins and lodges as well.

When to go

With an urban center that offers dining and lodging, Anchorage is a year-round destination. Winter is ideal for viewing the northern lights and quiet snowy landscape. Dog mushing races also draw winter visitors from around the globe. Summer is ideal for hiking, fishing and visiting the many parks in the region. Everything is open and accessible during June, July and August. The fall is also excellent for avoiding the crowds and is especially enticing for hunters chasing moose, sheep and other big game in the region. The international airport operates daily flights, and there really isn’t a bad time to experience Anchorage.

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