Camping near Anchorage

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

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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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North 40 Stays

5 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Sutton, AK
Camp right on the banks of the Matanuska river while staring at the magnificent King Mountain, Pinnacle mountain, and Craig Mountain! Over 10 acres with only 5 camp sites! Close to Kings river and some of the best ATV trails in the State! The Matanuska river offers some of the best rock hounding in the area and when the river is low, kids love playing in the shallow river streams and sandbars! This is an adult, kids and dogs dream play area! Come relax and get away from the busyness of life!!
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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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Hideaway Camp

1 site · RV3 acres · Anchorage, AK
My wife and I occasionally rent out a single spot on our quiet wooded property on the Anchorage hillside on 3 acres. Our property is meant for short duration stays of 1-4 days. We have household power and potable water available. We do NOT have an RV dump, although you can dump for free at the Holiday gas station about 10 minutes from the site. We have four dogs, and your quiet well behaved dogs are welcome. Depending on where you park you'll be able to access 1gb wifi from our house.
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The Glacier Breeze

2 sites · Lodging, RVs4 acres · Palmer, AK
The Glacier Breeze is located in Alaska’s beautiful Knik River Valley surrounded by breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains. With the numerous adventures that you can take in the Knik River and Matsu areas, it makes for a perfect base camp. The property also makes for a great beginning or ending of your Alaskan trip with it being conveniently located a short hour drive from Anchorage. Why be in the city when you can be emersed in Alaska!
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Opted Out Acre

5 sites · RVs, Tents1 acres · Willow, AK
Our property offers privacy for campers with a nice stream running through. We are near the Willow airport and the tracks for the Alaska scenic train, we do experience 2-3 short bursts of train noise (30 seconds- 3 minutes) a couple times a day. Overall, it's a very relaxing spot to enjoy nature My wife Kacie and I purchased this land in 2021 with the goal of creating a place where our family and others could enjoy nature while traveling through Alaska.
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The Wilds

3 sites · Lodging200 acres · Fishhook, AK
Our off-grid property is situated on 200 private acres of beautiful Alaskan land. We have five miles of trails right out your cabin door and beautiful views of the Susitna River throughout. The Talkeetna Mountains serve as an incredible backdrop to it all. We live on the property, as do our array of animals. We have a family of geese and chickens who will welcome you with open wings, as well as two dogs and three cats. We operate off of solar and generated power and while the cabins do have limited electricity, we ask that you We are located just 55 miles from the Anchorage Airport, 12 miles from downtown Palmer and 14 miles from downtown Wasilla. Best of all, were just 2.8 miles from Government Peak Recreation Area and 10 miles from Hatcher Pass, so if it's adventure you're looking for, you're in luck! If you’re looking for a fun day trip, we’re just an hour and a half from Talkeetna and 3.5 hours from Denali. We've named our property The Wilds because it is wild! A large portion of our land is protected by a conservation easement, so it can never be developed. We cherish that responsibility and are excited to share the rawness of this land with you!
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Tent camping, kayaking, Alaskan fun

1 site · Tent5 acres · Big Lake, AK
This 5 acre parcel started off as raw land cover in downed spruce. The hosts have cleared and continue to clear, establishing easy to walk on trails to get from point a to point b so you can explore:) every year adding more edible vegetation with the hopes of a full blown food forest in the near future. Learn more about this land: Welcome to our Alaskan getaway! Come pitch a tent and enjoy the midnight sunsets and sunrises with a beautiful backdrop of the Alaskan sky. Our ideal location by the lake allows for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. We have seasonal gardens that you can pick fresh produce from - check with the host for seasonal vegetation. Feed the birds, get dirt under your fingernails, sleep in a tent, drive to the mountains (about an hour away!) and take a hike. . Enjoy Alaska, that's what this getaway is all about - we look forward to your stay! You cannot drive to the tent sites it’s park and walk but they aren’t far, 500ft at most. There’s no water on site but we can grab you a few gallons if you need. You will need to have contact with the host before coming as the neighborhood is gated!
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Clean Forest type camping

40 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Wasilla, AK
Learn more about this land:Family friendly our campground is called houston grass station campground and is located right next to the alaska railroad watch it go by wile you camp see you here thanks
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Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Hideaway

10 sites · Tents5 acres · Big Lake, AK
NOTE: The place is accessible only by walking and boat on the Red Shirt Lake, there are many tracks in the park, you can follow them to go there and hike through the forest.  Pitch your tent in this 5 acres piece of land located on the boundaries of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area near Willow in Alaska. The land is located on the southern tip of "Our Lake", a small lake on the south eastern side of Red Shirt Lake. You will have a very quiet camping spot, located in front of the lake, with a creek nearby, and plenty of pikes to fish.
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Sunderland Ranch Farm Stay

2 sites · LodgingPalmer, AK
Legacy family land! Learn more about this land:Pitch a tent here at the Sunderland Ranch.  We often have guests staying here or playing here for other events, but are happy to have you too!  This will be as quiet or as experiential as you would like. You can schedule a trail ride or farm tour with our staff/family, or get out and walk the trails or around the ranch and enjoy Alaska at its best. 
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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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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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