Finding a Campsite & Hiking Trail Anchorage AK

The Internet is awash with sites promoting campgrounds. Anyone with web access and a computer can slap up a few pages with ambiguous pictures and descriptions seductive enough to make a construction zone sound appealing. “Unspoiled wilderness” can mean anything from delightfully remote to downright primeval. “Rustic” could be a planning style or euphemistic code for a woefully neglected facility.

Doyon Universal Services
(907) 522-1300
701 W 8th Ave Ste 500
Anchorage, AK
 
Super Structures Worldwide and Camp Facilities
(907) 334-9915
Anchorage, AK
 
Alaska Modular Space Inc
(907) 562-1000
310 Karluk St
Anchorage, AK
 
Eagle River United Methodist Camp SE
(907) 789-3734
28500 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK
 
Camp Maranatha
(907) 892-6697
Big Lake, AK
 
All Alaska Football Camp
(907) 561-6059
Anchorage, AK
 
Alaska Minerals Exploration Service
(907) 522-3366
8121 Schoon St
Anchorage, AK
 
Lost Lake Camp
(907) 488-8311
Salcha, AK
 
Bingle Memorial Camp
(907) 488-0169
10810 Salcha Dr
Salcha, AK
 
Southeast Alaska Guidance
(907) 789-7035
24600 Amalga Harbor Rd
Juneau, AK
 

Finding a Campsite & Hiking Trail

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Finding a Campsite & Hiking Trail

The perfect place to pitch your tent

The Internet is awash with sites promoting campgrounds. Anyone with web access and a computer can slap up a few pages with ambiguous pictures and descriptions seductive enough to make a construction zone sound appealing. “Unspoiled wilderness” can mean anything from delightfully remote to downright primeval. “Rustic” could be a planning style or euphemistic code for a woefully neglected facility.

So how do you select a site that meets your camping or hiking needs without breaking your budget or your spirit?

  • Go online. Find out what campgrounds and trails are located within the area you're hoping to explore. Check each one out and narrow your selection based on first impressions.
  • Join the community. Chat with other campers and hikers on forums. While lurking on forums will help you scan information quickly, asking questions will get you the answers you really need.

Public vs. Private Campgrounds

If you're a national park enthusiast, you likely prefer your wilderness pristine and have no issues swimming in a stream or lake. Likewise, if you prefer privately run campgrounds, then you probably enjoy modern facilities that include wireless hookups, flush toilets and in-ground pools. But the two aren't mutually exclusive. While most privately run campgrounds often cater to RV enthusiasts , many national parks offer a wide variety of accessibility. Public grounds (usually run by a government agency) are more consistent, generally offer fewer amenities and cost less to visit. Private parks are independent business ventures and vary in the services they offer - from the barebones basics to Vegas-like entertainment resorts. A quick online check will give an idea of what a particular private park offers, but be sure to do a little digging to ensure the campground is as advertised.

What's ideal for your family vacation depends entirely on what kind of equipment you'll be using, your need for amenities and where you want to go. Remember that both private and public campgrounds in popular areas can get booked up months in advance, so do your research early.

National Parks and Forests

While most state and national parks and forests offer affordable camping with flush toilets, hot showers and laundry facilities, they can be crowded and impossible to book for long weekends and during summer vacation. Their central reservation website makes comparison shopping easy. These parks are best enjoyed during shoulder season when traffic eases up and the wildlife comes out to play. If you can't visit during off season, consider less popular sites within the campground.

State or Provincial Parks and Forests

State and provincial parks are similar to national parks, although the quality of facilities will vary from state to state and province to province. With no centralized website, comparing campsites take a bit of effort, but finding out if the site meets your ...

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