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White Mountains National Recreation Area


The three White Mountains campgrounds each offer a different experience. Campgrounds are maintained during the summer season (June thru mid-September) and have hand pump wells, trash cans, and outhouse-style toilets. Each campsite has a parking area, picnic tables, and fire rings. Firewood is not provided. The nearest RV dump station is in Fairbanks.

All three campgrounds are recreation fee sites with registration and payment information near the entrances. Fees are $6 per night per site on a first-come basis.

Two of the campgrounds are located at either end of the Nome Creek Valley, on the southern edge of the White Mountains NRA. Starting in the 1890s, this area was home to miners and trappers living a subsistence lifestyle in the Alaska wilderness.

Map of Nome Creek Valley in the White Mountains National Recreation Area

To reach Nome Creek from Fairbanks, take the Steese Highway to mile 57 and follow the U.S. Creek Road for seven miles to the Nome Creek Road.

Mount Prindle Campground with the White Mountains in the background
   Mt. Prindle Campground

Four miles up the valley from the road junction is the upper end of Nome Creek Valley, the Quartz Creek Trailhead, and the Mount Prindle Campground, which has 13 campsites. This campground sits below expansive alpine tundra meadows and Mount Prindle (5,286 feet), making it the ideal spot to begin a trip into the high country. Well water is available during the summer. Bring your own firewood. 


Campers relaxing at Ophir Creek Campground
   Ophir Creek Campground

Taking a left at the road junction, it is 12 miles to lower Nome Creek, the Ophir Creek Campground and the put-in for floating Beaver Creek National Wild River. At Ophir Creek are 19 campsites nestled in tall white spruce trees on the bank of Nome Creek. From here you can enjoy fishing in Nome Creek or take a short day-hike over to Beaver Creek. Also nearby is the 3-mile loop trail to Table Top Mountain, with awesome views of the higher peaks in the White Mountains.

 Angler with fishing pole at the Cripple Creek Campground
   Fishing at Cripple Creek
The third campground, Cripple Creek Campground, is located at milepost 60 on the Steese Highway. This campground has 12 campsites. A short interpretive trail winds through tall white spruce trees following the Chatanika River between the day-use area and the campground.