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K'esugi Ken Campground is located in Denali State Park, Alaska, offering visitors stunning views of the Alaska Range and an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the area. It’s named after K'esugi, a Lower Tanana Athabascan Indian word.


The campground is situated along the parks highway, approximately 135 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, and about an equal distance south of Fairbanks. It provides a great stopover or destination spot for travelers exploring the region.

Campsites and Facilities

Campsites: K’esugi Ken Campground offers a range of camping options, including tent sites, RV sites, and public use cabins. Each campsite tends to include a picnic table, a fire ring, and space for parking.

Facilities: Restroom facilities with flush toilets and running water are typically available. Potable water and a dump station for RVs might also be provided, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

Activities and Attractions

  • Hiking: There are numerous trails in the area, including the Curry Ridge Trail which offers breathtaking views of the Denali Mountains.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including bears, moose, and eagles.
  • Photography: With the dramatic landscape, there are ample opportunities for photography, especially of Denali, North America’s tallest peak.
  • Fishing: Nearby lakes and streams offer chances to fish for salmon and trout.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: These can usually be made in advance through the Alaska State Parks reservation system, especially for the cabins and some of the more popular campsites.

Fees: There is a nightly fee for camping, which varies depending on the type of site. Extra fees may apply for additional vehicles or amenities like the public use cabins.


The operating season for K'esugi Ken Campground typically runs from late May to early September, as the region can experience heavy snowfall and harsh weather outside of these months. However, visitors planning a trip should always check the current conditions and the Alaska State Parks website for the most up-to-date information regarding opening and closing dates.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Wildlife Caution: Due to the presence of bears and other wildlife, proper food storage is crucial. This includes using bear-resistant containers or storage lockers when available.
  2. Leave No Trace: Campers should adhere to "Leave No Trace" principles, ensuring they pack out all trash and leave their campsite as they found it.
  3. Fire Safety: Campfires are permitted only in designated areas and should never be left unattended.
  4. Quiet Hours: Respect other campers by observing quiet hours, which are typically from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM.


Some campsites and facilities may be designed to accommodate campers with disabilities. Check the park’s information before booking to ensure accessibility needs can be met.

For more detailed and current information, visitors should contact the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation or visit their website, as conditions and services can change due to weather and budgetary constraints.

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