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Campgrounds

Attention: Advance reservations for the 2014 season are available for Aspenglen, Glacier Basin and Moraine Park Campgrounds. Please check with Reserve America, www.reserveamerica.com or www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

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Camping Brochure (pdf) Campground Descriptions

Reservations Stay Limits

Dead Tree Removal Information

Food Storage at Campgrounds & Trailheads

 

Aspenglen Campground is OPEN for the Season (8200 ft). Located on U.S. Highway 34 just west of the Fall River Entrance Station in a pine forest near Fall River, this campground has as 53 sites.

  • 2014 Season - Open Thursday May 22nd through Sunday September 28th (close at noon September 29th).
  • Reservations are recommended.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night when the water is on.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 30 feet.
  • A Loop: tents only, including walk-ins; B Loop: no generators allowed; C Loop: generators allowed.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), clickhere.
  • Walking distance to Fall River Visitor Center.
  • Ranger-led evening programs offered in summer.
  • All tent pads are 13 ft x 15 ft.
  • Food storage lockers are located throughout the campground.
  • Cell phones do not work in Aspenglen Campground.
  • An emergency phone is located at the ranger station.

Glacier Basin Campground is OPEN for the season (8500 ft). Located on Bear Lake Road approximately six miles south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, this campground has 150 sites.

  • 2014 Season - Open Thursday May 22nd through Sunday September 7th (closes at noon September 8th).
  • Reservations are recommended..
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 35 feet.
  • Access the free summer shuttle buses to Bear Lake and Estes Park from the campground.
  • Ranger-led evening programs offered in summer.
  • The mountain pine beetle outbreak resulted in the removal of most trees so there is no shade in the C and D Loops. These sites have expansive views and are good for slide-outs.
  • Food storage lockers are located throughout the campground.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.
  • To view a table of tent pad sizes by site, click here.

Glacier Basin Group Sites are OPEN for the Season (8500 ft). Located at Glacier Basin Campground on Bear Lake Road, there are 13 group sites.

  • 2014 Season - Open Thursday May 22nd through Sunday September 7th (closes at noon September 8th).
  • Reservations are recommended.
  • Camping fee is $3/person/night.
  • Tents only.
  • Small sites (#1 & 13) fit 9 - 15 people and a maximum of three vehicles.
  • Medium sites (#2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 & 12) fit 16-25 people and a maximum of four vehicles.
  • Large sites (7, 8 & 9) fit 26- 40 people and a maximum of five vehicles.
  • No limit on number of tents.
  • No more than five vehicles per site.
  • The mountain pine beetle outbreak resulted in the removal of most trees so there is no shade in this loop.
  • Food storage lockers are located throughout the campground.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.

Longs Peak Campground is OPEN for the season (9500 ft). Located in a pine forest near the Longs Peak trailhead approximately nine miles south of the town of Estes Park off of Highway 7, this campground has 26 sites.

  • 2014 Season - Open Friday May 23rd through Sunday November 3rd p;September 29th).
  • First-come, first-served, no reservations taken.
  • Tents only.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night when water is on.
  • Water will be off for the first several days.
  • The trailhead to Longs Peak and other destinations is a short distance away.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), clickhere.
  • All tent pads are 13 ft x 15 ft.
  • Food storage lockers are located throughout the campground.
  • Vault toilets.
  • Emergency phone at Longs Peak Ranger Station (not at the campground).

Moraine Park Campground (8160 ft) is located in a ponderosa pine forest above the meadows of Moraine Park on Bear Lake Road approximately two and a half miles south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station. In summer this campground has 244 sites; in winter there are 77 sites.

  • 2014 Reservation Season - Thursday May 22nd through Sunday September 28th (last night to stay by reservation).
  • B Loop is always first-come first-served.
  • Summer Reservations are recommended.
  • In winter, first-come, first-served. Loop B and loop E group sites are open.
  • Camping fee $20/site/night during the reservation period and when water is on; fee after water is turned off is $14/site/night.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 40 feet.
  • Trails from the campground connect to numerous other trails.
  • Walking distance to Moraine Park Discovery Center.
  • Access the free summer shuttle buses to Bear Lake and Estes Park from the campground.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.To view a table of tent pad sizes by site, click here.
  • D Loop: no generators allowed.
  • Food storage lockers are located throughout the campground.
  • Solar-heated shower bag stall facility located in the campground.
  • Summer flush toilets, except the B and E Loops have vault toilets year-round, and there is one vault toilet in the C Loop by the amhitheater.
  • Ranger-led evening programs offered in summer.

Timber Creek Campground is OPEN for the Season (8900 ft). It is the only west side campground, located along the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley on U.S. Highway 34 approximately 10 miles north of Grand Lake. This campground has 98 sites.

  • 2014 Season - Open Friday May 23rd through Sunday November 3rd .
  • Always first-come, first-served, no reservations taken.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night when water is on; $14/site/night when water is off.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 30 feet.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • Tent pad sizes vary by campsite.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.
  • The mountain pine beetle outbreak resulted in the removal of most trees so there is no shade in this campground.
  • Ranger-led evening programs offered in summer.
  • Food storage lockers are located throughout the campground.
  • An emergency phone is located at the ranger station.
 

*Removal of Dead Trees
For safety, park staff has removed dead trees killed by an outbreak of native pine beetles. The removal reduces risk associated with falling trees. Always be aware of your surroundings, particularly during times of high wind. Temporary closures may occur at campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead parking areas while trees are being removed.

Glacier Basin and Timber Creek Campgrounds look extremely different than they have in the past. Rocky Mountain National Park is just one relatively small area where trees are dying from the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Because the task is enormous, the park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels tied to the protection of life and property. Timber Creek Campground sits in a lodgepole pine forest where the majority of trees were killed by the beetle outbreak. Many trees in the campground and along the perimeter of the campground next to Trail Ridge Road were sprayed with Carbaryl over the past four years. However, the scale of the epidemic is enormous and it was not possible to protect all of the trees in the campground. Also, trees in lodgepole pine forests grow in dense, protected stands so even if a tree is alive it becomes hazardous if the dead trees around it are removed. A "lone" pine could likely topple with high winds.

Please check at visitor centers or call 970-586-1206 for updates.

 

Reservations:
Reservations for summer camping in Moraine Park (map), Glacier Basin (map), and Aspenglen (map) can be made up to six months in advance.

To make reservations, call toll-free 877-444-6777 (International callers 518-885-3639). On-line reservations are available at www.reserveamerica.com or www.recreation.gov Customer Service, 888-448-1474.

 

Stay limits:
Campground stay limits, throughout the park, are seven nights from June 1 through September 30; and an additional 14 nights at the year-round campgrounds the rest of the year.

 

Length Limits:
Aspenglen-30 ft motor homes & trailers
Glacier Basin-35 ft motor homes & trailers
Longs Peak-tents only
Moraine Park-40 ft motor homes & trailers
Timber Creek-30 ft motor homes & trailers

Firewood:
During the summer months, firewood is sold at all campgrounds. Campers are encouraged to purchase firewood in the area(s) where they are camping. Transporting firewood from out-of-state is discouraged since it may hold harmful insects which could be spread to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ice:
Ice is sold at all campgrounds, except Timber Creek and Longs Peak.

 

At all campgrounds no more than eight people, and two tents OR one vehicle and one camping unit (i.e., tent, RV, or trailer/tow vehicle) may occupy each site. Additional vehicles must park in overflow parking areas.

During July and most of August, expect the campgrounds to fill every day by early afternoon. In June and September, park campgrounds tend to fill on the weekends.

America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on camping fees.

Checkout time in all campgrounds is Noon.

A separate park entrance fee applies.

Did You Know?

a photo of the mountains at treeline

Temperature causes tree line. Trees need an average growing temperature of about 50 degrees fahrenheit.