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Big Bear Campground & RV Park

Palmer, Alaska


2010 S Church St
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 40
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 61.56108
Longitude: -149.29294

Elevation: 173' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes yes
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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35 Reviews

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at Big Bear 4 different times over the last 2 years for a total of 10 nights. In 2017 we stayed in the deluxe pull-thrus, and then one night in site 17 in July, and super site 46 for 5 nights earlier this month. Site 46 was the best, but the other sites were fine as well. Check in is always easy, and the staff is friendly and helpful. All utilities were fine - water pressure and WiFI were average. No cable TV but some OTA channels. No DISH service - satellites too low on horizon and blocked by trees. All sites were level, and road are easily navigable. Pet friendly but no enclosed dog park. Very easy on and off the Parks & Glenn highways. The park setting itself is quite nice, with grass everywhere and a pavilion in the middle with a hammock, plus a kids playground and horseshoes. Very nice campground. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 204
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

A very nice, comfortable place. Made even nicer with lots of grass, something we've missed as we've traveled the AlCan and Alaska with one gravel parking lot after another. Huge registration area. Pleasant staff. Dirt/gravel roads and sites, with large green grass patio areas. Sites are level. Spacing is good. Utilities worked fine. No cable or OTA. Verizon cell signal was good. No trouble getting satellite reception. Restrooms were fine. No charge for the shower and strong, hot water. Group pavilion surrounded by more grass. A little overkill throughout the park with the signs about what not to do. About 8 miles from Palmer and right off Highway 3. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 93
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Great location. Nice pull-thrus. Good wifi. Easy in and out. New section has nicer bigger sites for more money but old section is still good especially for overnight. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed the first night at site #41. Only electric 30AMP. For $31.50. Very soft ground. I couldn't level my motorhome even with pads. Left some deep holes where I tried. Next night I was able to move to a much better site, per this review We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Iditarod base and the Ox farm

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Its a pretty standard campground but good by Alaska standards and a good value. Closer to Wasilla than to Palmer. Parks Highway nearby is a very busy four lane highway. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed 3 nights with a 40 foot Motorhome. Gravel site long enough for disconnected car and coach with adequate space between sites. Used our own WIFI due to number of users on their WIFI which made it too slow. Good power and water supplies. Some road noise from freeway. Our mapping program did not send us with correct freeway exit. Recommend using the instructions sent with email confirmation. Nice park. Would stay here again. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Open, level sites, with an unusual layout that may present a challenge to larger rigs. We managed to back our 36' motorhome into a site on the circle while most sites were unoccupied. Had the two sites either side of us been occupied, we could not have maneuvered our way into the site. If you are over 36' and cannot get a pull-through, suggest you go to another campground. WiFi was excellent, 30 amp power was stable, no TV, AT&T phone signal was excellent. Staff was friendly, but a bit disorganized. Still it was a very nice place. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park and will stay there again on our way out of Alaska. Lot's to do in the area. The park is very clean and has really nice staff. Big laundry room, clean bathrooms, stable power and the sites are very level. You can also get propane there as well. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hatcher Pass is a great hiking area that is near by.

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed a total of 4 nights at this campground - 2 nights in July on the way to the Kenai, and 2 nights in August on the way back. Nice campground, the staff is friendly and helpful. A bit close to the Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad, but not really an obtrusive noise. It's a bit of a drive into Anchorage, but the RV parks there are not great. Pretty easy on and off from Parks Highway. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Close to a Walmart and other shopping.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. Easy to get to and easy to move around in. The girls up front were very friendly and knowledgeable. They showed us where everything was to see on a nice take away map. There was grass everywhere! It's been so long since we have seen grass in a park! We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
56
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This is the nicest RV park we found in the Anchorage area. It has generous spaces with lawn in between, clean and roomy restrooms and showers. There's room to walk nearby. We felt the $29-30 price was very fair. Staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful. We liked it so much we came back for a second night later in our trip. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Park is OK. Navigation is easy. We had a 'super site' which is what you need if you want a long enough site to park the tow vehicle. There is a playground for kids, but they are rabid about having adult supervision--so, what is the point of having the park exactly? They are also a bit nutty about rugs on the grass--wouldn't even allow a small 'welcome' mat (to wipe our feet). Seriously?

No cable available. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
57
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

We had a level spot with picnic table and fire ring. Bothers was some traffic noise but it was not too disturbing. The bathrooms were very clean, freshly painted, roomy, and hair dryer included. The woman in the office was very friendly. Would stay here again and would recommend to friends. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
53
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 572
States Visited: 50
Helpful Reviews: 75

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Friendly staff who managed to save me a site at the last minute (for July at least make reservations). Park roads and sites are gravel. Our site was a level pull-through. All utilities worked fine. No cable TV, but plenty of channels off the air. Wi-Fi was the only disappointment. Internet access provided by Tengo and it was terrible. It took forever to log on and it was too slow to work with so I gave up. There was an alternative though. If unable to use the Tengo connection there was an office connection that could be accessed near the office or laundromat. I didn't bother to use it so no comment on effectiveness. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart is 2 miles west. Check out the Iditarod Trail Race headquarters where you can see some sled dogs.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

The park was OK. It was a little loud at time but other than that it was very friendly and a family oriented atmosphere. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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