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Wonder Lake Campground

mile 85 of Denali National Park road, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99501
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Plainfield, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We choose to stay at Wonder Lake the last week of August partly for the views and the fact that it would allow us to get a backcountry permit in advance, moving us to the front of the line in getting a choice assigned area for backpacking. It was raining early in the morning when we left. Polychrome Pass was... More 

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San Geronimo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

As others have pointed out, the location of Wonder Lake Campground is one of the most spectacular on the planet. Most sites have magnificent views of “the mountain.” One can be content to sit at their picnic table and watch the amazing kaleidoscope of clouds passing over the Alaska Range and Denali. There are a few things that might be... More 

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1 Thank Laurence B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Great views, but the tent sites are a little close together, so there is very little privacy and can be noisy at times. Two clear days and few bugs after a long stretch or rain and snow were bonus. The McKinley Bar Trail a little ways up the road was a great half-day hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

We camped here for two nights a few days ago, and although the weather was not great; nor were the views at the time; what we did get to see from our campsite was beautiful. Good cooking shelter, flush toilets and sinks (!) and a beautiful park. Not a ton of hikes from this campsite but worth checking out.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Had a beautiful view of Mt. Mickinley from the campsite. Bugs weren't a problem at all (last week of june). Took Deet but never used it. There were a few mosquitoes here and there but not as scary as made out to be in some other reviews. The food storage area was like 50 yards away. Only hard part was... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Visited for one night June 8 2015, the first day the campground opens. We were hoping for reasonable sites and bugs that didn't live up to all the horror stories. The campsite were great, spread out, yet easy to access and close enough for animal safety concerns. Shared cooking space and bear lockers were convenient. Sites were relatively flat too.... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have been to many campgrounds all around the country and the scenery at Wonder lake is simply the best. The campsites are relatively spread out and some are quite secluded and if you are lucky with the weather, the view of Mt. McKinley that is only 20 miles away is magnificent. It is a relatively small campground and tent... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

If there is ever a place that can't be described in words or photos, Wonder Lake is it. If you have it in you to visit, the experience is one that will surely be talked about as epic, legendary, unbelievable, magical, wild, crazy, and yes, challenging. My girlfriend and I drove up from Anchorage and camped a night two nights... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

perfect campground at perfect place...rangers talks are fun and enjoyable, the Mountain is there, it' just perfect! mosquitos are truly allover the place, so bring the hat with net. only some 18 places for tents, so loads of space and privacy and The Wild!

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3 Thank Anicka_V
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The camper bus trip up to the campground (5.5 hours) is actually pretty great and they take a sufficient (almost too many) number of stops to stretch your legs, take in the views, and relieve yourself. The campground is amazing as well with awesome views of McKinley (on a clear day, which we got on arrival, but was completely covered... More 

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