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Big Bear Campground & RV Park

Palmer, Alaska


2010 S Church St
Palmer, Alaska 99645
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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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24 Reviews

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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

We always stay at this park when in the Wasilla/Palmer area. Staff are pleasant and helpful. Sites are level and there is a lot of grass. We had no problems with hook-ups and their wifi is good until the park gets full. Then we switched over to our Verizon mi-fi, which had good reception. They have a very nice gazebo with hammocks and swings. The laundry room has plenty of washers/dryers and is reasonably priced. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

We always have lunch or dinner at the Last Frontier Brewing Company. The Musk-Ox Research Facility is a very enjoyable place to visit, as is the Iditarod Headquarters. If the Mat-Su Miners (college-age baseball team) are playing in town, highly recommend going to a game.

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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: 359
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 62

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

When we arrived here the staff was very helpful and friendly. The Palmer map shows the exact location of the CG, no drive through town to get here. The site was a pull through with ample room for the 5th wheel and pickup. Utilities are easy to reach and there is grass between sites. There are lots of RV's passing through, using this CG. There isn't much highway noise and this is a great place to relax. We would definitely stay here again, when in the area. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, 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
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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: 83
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 15

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

For a campground in Alaska this was wonderful. The gravel road & sites were level and very well maintained. With grassy areas, some trees and landscaping it had a welcoming feel. Some sites were a little narrower but mostly alright, and ours was very long and wide. Our Dish satellite worked just fine. They provide free Wifi that worked alright most of the time. This place is very convenient to Palmer & Wasilla with Anchorage being a day trip away. My only fault is that it is located right off of Hwy 1 so there was some traffic noise, but it died down at night so sleeping was no problem. We were here 8 nights and would definitely stay here again. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Drive up to Hatcher Pass & Independence Mine. It's only 45 minutes away and quite interesting.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

We had stayed at Big Bear four years ago when touring Alaska and went back because we liked it then. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campground sites are set up on concentric circles so if you get on the outside like we did, it was a longer walk to the office, but very peaceful, great grass for our dogs, and lots of room between sites. We highly recommend this campground just north of Anchorage. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

If you are interested in a day trip through Hatcher Pass, this place is perfect because it is near an entrance and on the highway if you go through and come back from Wasilla. It is also very close to Eklutna Lake which is great for kayaking and hiking...but there are bears there...one in the parking lot when we stopped.

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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: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We pulled in late. Office made it easy to register and find a spot after hours. Staff was friendly and by far the showers were the cleanest we have seen this week. Sites were spacious and easy to get into. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We would gladly stay here again.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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

Very nice office personnel, quiet and close to shopping and sightseeing. The sites are easily accessible and allow a big turn. The dog walk is all grass and is supplied with bags and a dedicated trash can. Even though the park is close to the highway, it's pretty quiet. The park is well maintained and the utilities are easily accessible. The sites are fairly level and have some grass and shade trees. There are two areas of the park, we stayed in the one with the trees away from the playground which had less grass but was closer to the dog walk. We stayed for three night and then came back a week later for another two night. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

There is a Wal-Mart close by as well as other stores. Good starting point for the musk ox farm, Hatcher Pass and Itidarod center.

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Review Count: 244
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 48

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This is an excellent campground we would recommend to anyone staying in the Anchorage area. The campground is extremely well-maintained. The laundromat is the best we have seen in Alaska (we've been here for 8 weeks). The staff is very friendly and helpful. We were here because of truck problems and the staff made sure we had a place to stay even though we kept extending. I really can't say enough about this campground. The buildings, picnic tables, etc. were freshly painted, the grass was mowed and the fire pits were cleaned. Plus, Wasilla is just down the road for shopping, restaurants, etc. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
41
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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: 149
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park. Some road noise in the full hook up side but OK. Good power and water. Gravel roads like all of Alaska. Could be smoother. Get a few TV stations on your antenna. WiFi is good. Nice helpful people working in the office. 45 min from Anchorage . Nothing bad to say. Would stay 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
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed a week as we have friends in the area. Very nice park - nicely maintained. Level gravel sites with room to move around. New section called super-sites now open. Good Sam Park. Good antenna reception. Wi-Fi was free and worked well. Close to Walmart and Fred Meyers. We have stayed here before and would stay again. Great central location to visit Palmer, Wasilla, Eagle River, and Anchorage. We camped at Big Bear Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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