Disconnect from technology and connect with nature. Turn off the TV and sleep under the stars. Put away the cell phone and listen to the quiet of nature. Camp in the Rockies. There’s no app for that.

Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is very popular, so reserve your summer site six months to one day in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling toll-free (877) 444-6777. There is no electric, sewer or water hook-ups. Campground limits are seven nights total.

  • Aspenglen Campground (8,200ft) just west of the Fall River entrance station. 52 sites, all reservable. Open May 23-Sept. 30, 2019. $26/night. Each site has food-storage lockers that you are required to use. Cell phones do not work in this campground.
  • Moraine Park Campground (8,160ft), above the meadows of Moraine Park on Bear Lake Road approximately two and a half miles south of Beaver Meadows entrance station. 244 sites in summer, 77 sites in winter. Reservations May 23-Oct. 15, 2019, first-come first-served the remainder of the year. $26/night. Shuttle bus access.
  • Glacier Basin Campground (8,500ft), on Bear Lake Road. 150 sites. All sites reservable. Open May 23-Sept. 9, 2019. $26/night. Shuttle bus access. The mountain pine beetle outbreak has resulted in the removal of most trees in the C, D, and Group Loops, so there is no shade in these loops.
  • Longs Peak Campground (9,405ft), about nine miles south of Estes Park off Colorado Hwy 7. The trailhead to Longs Peak and other destinations is nearby. 26 sites. A tents-only first-come, first-served campground with vault toilets. Open June 28-Sept. 9, 2019. $26/night.
  • Timber Creek Campground (8,900ft), on the west side of the park about eight miles north of Kawuneeche Visitor Center. 98 sites. Open May 23-Sept. 30, 2019. $26/night. The mountain pine beetle outbreak has resulted in the removal of most trees, so there is no shade in this campground. First-come, first-served.

Backcountry Camping

Camping in the backcountry is a great way to get away from it all. The online Backcountry Camping Guide of the National Park Service contains information on permits, trails, camping and hiking. Contact the backcountry office at 970-586-1242.

Whether it’s an isolated campsite in the backcountry or an RV hook-up near town, Estes Park has that special outdoor experience for you. And don’t forget to be a good camper and following camping etiquette!

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