Our Top 5: Alternatives To An Anchorage RV Park

Our personal opinion about Anchorage’s RV parks is less than stellar.  We only stay in them when we have to be in the city for business.  If you’re willing to camp just outside of Anchorage you will find more affordable options (and sometimes more peaceful).

Our Top 5 alternatives to camping in an Anchorage RV park!

Alyeska Resort:  Girdwood is a beautiful little town located about 45 minutes South of Anchorage and our favorite alternative to staying in Anchorage.  In the summer months the resort allows you to park your RV in the large parking lot at the base of the mountain by the Day Lodge.

For $10 a night camping at Alyeska Resort is a great deal.
For $10 a night camping at Alyeska Resort is a great deal.

Address:  1000 Arlberg Ave.  Girdwood, AK 99587

Phone:  907-754-2111

Price:  $10/night

Services:  There’s no hook-ups at the base of the mountain so you will be boondocking.  Conveniently at the intersection of the Seward Highway and Alyeska Highway is an RV friendly Tesoro Gas Station (Fuel, Propane, Water, and Dump Station).


Bird Ridge Motel:  Located about 30 minutes South of Anchorage this is a convenient alternative to an Anchorage RV park.  Bird Ridge Motel is a family run motel with a handful of parking spots for RV’s.    Relatively close to the busy highway and not very glamorous, we have stayed here several times and it serves a purpose.

The Bird Ridge Motel
The Bird Ridge Motel, Photo courtesy of Flickr

Address:  Mile 100.2 Seward Highway.  Indian, AK 99540

Phone:  907-653-0100

Price:  $15/night, cash

Services: Electricity only.  Depending on which direction you’re coming from, I would recommend topping off your tanks at the Tesoro Gas Station at Ayleska Highway (if you’re coming from the South) or the Holiday Gas Station in South Anchorage (if you’re coming from the North).


Bird Creek Campground: A recently remodeled Chugach State Park campground located 30 minutes South of Anchorage right off the Seward Highway.  They have a variety of campsites and a max length of 35′ in their RV sites.

Bird Creek Campground
Bird Creek Campground, Photo Courtesy of Alaska DNR

Address:  101.2 Seward Highway  Indian, AK 99540

Phone:  n/a

Price:  $20/night

Services:  Bathrooms and water are available, other than that you will be boondocking.


Eagle River Campground:  Located about 20 minutes North of Anchorage in Eagle River this is a nice wooded campground with large sites.  Eagle River is within the Municipality of Anchorage and feels more like an extension of the Anchorage with most of the services and amenities you’d need.

Eagle River Campground Photo courtesy of Alaska DNR
Eagle River Campground Photo courtesy of Alaska DNR

Address:  12.6 Glenn Highway  Eagle River, AK

Phone: n/a

Price:  $25 – $45

Services:  Bathrooms, dump station, and water is available.


Cabela’s:  Located on the South end of Anchorage this is the most RV friendly retail establishment in Anchorage.  They have large RV parking spots on the side of their store and welcome overnight stays.  I would also like to encourage you to thank them for this generosity by doing a little shopping.

November boondocking at Cabela's
November boondocking at Cabela’s

Address:  155 West 104th Avenue  Anchorage, AK 99515

Prices:  Free

Services: None, you will be boondocking.


Another Alternative…

Centennial Park Campground:  Located on the South end of Anchorage.  This campground is ran by the Municipality of Anchorage.  This one did not make our Top 5 because we wouldn’t stay there, it’s close to the Glenn Highway and can get very noisy with rif-raf.

Photo courtesy of Alaska Municipality
Photo courtesy of Alaska Municipality

Address:  8400 Starview Dr.  Anchorage, AK

Phone:  907-343-6986

Price:  $25 – $35

Services:  Some sites have electricity, dump station, showers, bathrooms, & WiFi.


Further Reading

Read about which of the “Big Box” stores are RV friendly and allow you to camp in their lots.

Read our previous post about Anchorage RV parks.

In closing, if you’re capable of boondocking , a couple days is more than enough time to visit Anchorage.  There’s a saying up here, Alaska is 30 minutes away from  Anchorage.

Please leave any questions or comments below!

 

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