Alaska RV Parks: Anchorage…

Alaska RV Parks: Anchorage…

I really wish I could say there was an AMAZING RV park in Anchorage, but I can’t…

If you’re looking for a business idea, building one in Anchorage would be appreciated.  I’m going to tread carefully on this post, to maintain some political correctness.

Anchorage is the “big city” of Alaska, and it has big city problems. There are good parts and bad parts.  Unfortunately, most of the RV parks are in or near the bad parts of town.

Common complaints and issues with RV parks in Anchorage.

  • Homeless people walking through the park or in the woods surrounding the  park.
  • Intoxicated people walking through the park or in the woods.
  • Close to a loud bar and drunks fighting at 2 am 15 feet away on the other side of a fence.
  • Noise from trains (this noise doesn’t bother me).
  • Noise from neighbors
  • Poor customer service.
  • Trash throughout the park.
  • Sites located next to people who live in their RV’s year around.
  • Lots of junk and trash in other people’s sites.
  • Junk and trash in campsites.
  • Overpriced for what you get.
  • Dog sh** everywhere, especially in the spring.

Well you get the point, it makes boondocking at the Cabela’s sound luxurious!

The only park we will stay at is the Golden Nugget.  This park doesn’t compare to a Thousand Trails park in the Lower 48 but it’s the best one in town.  Their office staff is nice enough but, closed on weekend (be prepared to fill out an envelope and pick your own site).

In the summer months they open the “nice” side of the park for tourists.  The “nice” side has bathrooms, showers, and a pavilion.  There are some noisy neighbors if you stay on the far fence by the mobile home park.  You also need to exercise good judgement when leaving thing out because it borders a questionable neighborhood.

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A beautiful late September evening overlooking the nice half of the park which was closed and winterized already.

The main part of the RV park is a unique mix of rigs, ranging from high-end diesel pushers and 5’ers to circa 1980’s travel trailers and motorhomes.  The spaces available for overnighters are scattered across this half of the park.

The main half of the park in late September, some residents are starting to winterize their rigs.
The main half of the park in late September, some residents are starting to winterize their rigs.

The absolute worst time of year for this park (and most parts of Alaska) is break-up in the springtime.  The parks allows dogs which is a great thing.  As with most things in life it only takes a few people to make a good thing go bad.  I’m referencing an winter’s worth of dog sh** that didn’t get picked up.  It’s slowly melting and turning into rivers of liquefied sh**.  It’s completely repulsive especially when they assign you a site that was occupied by an irresponsible dog owner all winter.

There’s a laundromat, showers, and free WiFi.   It’s located in a fringe neighborhood between good and bad so keep your guard up.  One resident told us to never leave a BBQ or bicycle out unless you want it to disappear.

Overall, We’ve only met really nice people here.  Conveniently, there’s also a Costco right across the street so you can stock up on supplies and fuel.

I hope this helps.  There’s a saying up here, Alaska’s 30 minutes away from Anchorage.

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