The highest mountain in North America, reaching 20,310 feet (6,190 meters) above sea level, is Denali, located in Alaska. It’s here where you’ll find Denali National Park and Preserve. While certain parts of the park and preserve are inaccessible, there are four camping areas within the interior of the park. Camper buses are available for visitors who have reservations at the campgrounds; otherwise, access to the mountains is only available via air taxi from the Kantishna Airport.
Spanning portions of several counties in Northern California, Yosemite National Park set a visitation record in 2016, surpassing five million visitors for the first time in its history. The park reaches across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is internationally recognized for its biological diversity. Among the 13 campgrounds located inside the park, you’ll find stunning views of waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, and Sequoia groves. Most campgrounds at Yosemite require a reservation, especially during the peak season, which is between the months of April and September.
Yosemite National Park, CA, USA, +1 209 372 0200
Contrary to its name, Saranac Lake is actually a village in New York named after the nearby Upper, Middle, and Lower Saranac Lakes. The village lies within the boundaries of Adirondack Park, west of Lake Placid, and the edges of the village do not touch the shores of any of the three lakes. There are more than 85 campgrounds available in the area, and some are only accessible by boat.
Located in Arkansas, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are two separate forests, Ozark and St. Francis. Between the two forests, there are 23 campgrounds along the rivers and lakes or in the mountains. Primitive camping is allowed anywhere in the forest where signs aren’t posted prohibiting it. The campgrounds include swimming areas and nearly 400 miles (636 kilometers) of hiking trails. Some campgrounds are available year-round, while others are only available from May through October.
Ozark National Forest, Russellville, AR, USA, +1 479 964 7200
St. Francis National Forest, 2675 Ark. 44 East, Marianna, AR, USA, +1 870 295 5278
Located along the Canada-United States border is Glacier National Park in Montana. It encompasses over one million acres, including parts of two mountain ranges and over 130 lakes. Most of the campgrounds at the park sit near the larger lakes and are usually open from mid-June until mid-September. Two campgrounds, St. Mary and Apgar, are open year-round. However, during the off-season, camping conditions at the sites are primitive, with no running water or accessible restroom facilities.
Glacier National Park, MT, USA, +1 406 888 7800