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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Denali Overlook - Courtesy of Thomas Bol Photography

Mat-Su Region

K'esugi Ken Campground

K'esugi Ken Campground
K'esugi Ken Campground
K'esugi Ken Campground Interpretive Pavilion
K'esugi Ken Campground Interpretive Pavilion Fireplace

Facilities

★ ADA Facility - Yes
★ 42 Campsites (see fee page)
★ All RV sites at least 75ft RVs, with 5 pull through sites up to 100ft RVs
★ 3 Cabins (see fee page)
★ Camping Limit - 7 days
★ Toilets -
★ Water -
★ Trails
★ Picnic sites

Useful Information

Denali State Park Brochure
K'esugi Ken Panel
K'esugi Ken Interpretive Center Panel
K'esugi Ken RV and Tent Campground map
K'esugi Ken Walk-in Campground Map
Moose Flats Trail Loop Panel
K'esugi Ken Snow Depth Webcam

Activities

★ Camping
★ Trails
★ Viewing Area

Opened on May 26, 2017, facilities include a ranger station, 32 RV campsites, 10 walk-in campsites, paved roads, a group campsite, three public-use cabins, a new hiking trail to alpine areas plus a network of trails for a range of abilities, and an interpretive center/pavilion. A 34-mile power extension along the Parks Highway was also part of this project that brought electricity to the RV campsites. Several campsites have views of the Alaska Range and Denali.

Visitors have the option of either setting up a tent in a well-furnished campsite, or parking their RV in sites that have power hookups. Most sites are fully ADA compliant. There are over 2 miles of walking trails throughout the complex, that are great for bicycles or skiing in the winter. A hand pump water well is located within both camp loops. Vaulted latrines are located throughout the complex for ease of access. The Campground Host resides near the beginning of the Tent Camp Loop. At this time, there are a few campsites that can be reserved online at https://alaskastateparks.reserveamerica.com/, but not all campsites can be reserved ahead of time. Campgrounds are typically open from mid-May through mid-September. Online Reservations are available from June 1 through August 31, but is dependent upon camp host and staff availability.

Walk-in Tent Camp Loop
Sites numbered 1 and 2 both have outstanding views of the Alaska Range. They are only available by reservation, but include the cabin, picnic table, food locker, and a grassy tent pad. Plenty of space for the large family! Sites numbered 3 to 10 are all located a very short walk from parking spaces along the paved loop road. They each include a picnic table, fireplace, food storage locker and grassy tent-pads. Sites 3 through 5 have commanding views of the Alaska Range. Sites 6 through 10 border a ravine and stream. All sites are connected via a network of trails great for walking or riding bikes. Maximum vehicle length is 25 feet due to narrow roads and tight turns.

RV Camp Loop
Sites number 11 through 42 are designed for RVs, with electricity wired throughout the paved loop. All sites include either 20, 30, or 50 amp electricity, a picnic table, fireplace and grassy tent-pads. All sites will accommodate at least 75-foot RVs, with 5 pull-through sites that will accommodate up to 100-foot RVs.

Public-Use Cabins

The Hunter and Tokosha Public-Use Cabins are available year-around. Built to ADA standards, the 20 x 30 foot cabins are identical in size. They both have half-lofts accessible by circular stairways. They each have a woodstove for heat. Over 2 miles of walking trails connect the entire complex, and are open to bicycles in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter. Vaulted latrines are a short walk across the road. The cabins are available by online reservations only.

The Denali Public-Use Cabin is built to ADA standards, it measures 24 x 35 feet, includes a half-loft accessible by circular stairs. It includes a woodstove and electricity for lights. Over 2 miles of walking trails connect the entire complex, and are open to bicycles in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter. It is available by online reservation only.

Interpretive Center
The K'esugi Ken Interpretive Center is a large, 30 x 90 foot open pavilion that contains interpretive information about Denali State Park and the Alaska Range. Interpretive programming is also provided most summer days, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Schedules are posted at various locations in the park. The Center is also available by reservation for large group events. To reserve the interpretive pavilion, please visit
https://alaskastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/k-esugi-ken-campground/r/hourlySiteDetails.do?contractCode=AK&siteId=3358&parkId=1181700.

Group Campsite
Located within the Walk-in Tent camp loop, a large site is available by reservation for large groups of up to 50. It can park larger RVs depending on the number of other vehicles. It includes 3 picnic tables, a large fireplace, vaulted latrine, and a large grassy tent-pad. Reservations for the group campsite can be made on Reserve America.

Small Pavilion
Located within the Walk-in Tent camp loop, this 20 x 20 foot open pavilion is available to all campers, or available by reservation for groups of up to 20. It includes 3 picnic tables, a fireplace and a vaulted latrine. To reserve the small pavilion, please visit
https://alaskastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/k-esugi-ken-campground/r/hourlySiteDetails.do?contractCode=AK&siteId=3359&parkId=1181700

Address:
135.4 Parks Highway

Driving Directions:
Take the George Parks Hwy. North to Mile 135.4, turn right into the K'esugi Ken Campground (follow the signs)

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907