More than one million people visit Alaska every year for its spectacular landscapes and wildlife. There is no shortage of hotels, resorts, lodges, and bed and breakfasts to accommodate all these eager visitors. These lodging options are great, but one of the best ways to experience Alaska’s natural beauty is firsthand in a tent.
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Camping in Alaska gives you the opportunity to sleep under the stars and wake up next to breathtaking glaciers, lakes, and forests. If you’re spending time in Alaska, why not take advantage of the state’s environmental wonders by immersing yourself completely in all that it has to offer?
With accommodations, such as toilets, showers, and wheelchair accessibility, you can find a campground in Alaska that meets the needs of any camper. No gear? No problem! Some companies will rent you everything you need for your camping adventure from tents and sleeping bags to stoves and GPS devices. You can choose to stay one night in the wilderness or dedicate a whole season to the experience by taking a job as a work camper.
Whether you are a novice or an Eagle Scout, there is a place for you to become one with nature in the Alaskan countryside. Here are three popular areas for camping in Alaska:
Denali National Park
Although Denali National Park is open year-round, due to Alaska’s extreme winter conditions, only one of its six campgrounds is open all year. The others are open exclusively in the summer, which is a better time to visit the park because shuttle buses are available to help get you around. Plus, wildlife is more active in the long summer days, increasing your chances to see bears, marmots, birds, and caribou.
Denali campsites cost approximately $12 – $27 per night and can be reserved online. Need more time to explore this six-million-acre treasure? Consider a job at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge so you can be in the park 24/7!
If you’re in Alaska’s largest city and need a break from the urban environment, there are plenty of campgrounds available nearby. The majority are less than a two-hour drive from the city (a few within 20-30 minutes) and cost $20 or less per night. After a long week at work, you can easily throw some gear in a car and be relaxing in nature in no time. Popular activities include hiking, biking, fishing, and canoeing. You could even try out something new like panning for gold at Bertha Creek Campground. If you fall in love with the wilderness and don’t want to leave, there are opportunities to work as a campground or park host.
Cooper Landing and Seward
Seward and Cooper Landing are about an hour drive apart and offer wonderful campgrounds in or near Kenai Fjords National Park and Chugach National Forest. Explore the glaciers, wildlife, and trees in these majestic natural gems on foot, bike, or kayak. In addition to traditional tent camping options like the Quartz Creek Campground, there are also several rustic cabins available for rent for about $50 per night. These cabins offer more structure and privacy but don’t include comforts like electricity. Still, they’re a great option for those who want to try a unique way to experience the outdoors!
No matter your camping style, there are plenty of options to explore Alaska’s gorgeous landscape. Are you ready to embark on your own Alaskan adventure? Take a look at our current job openings to get started.