Campgrounds

 
Winter Camping
Tent campsite at Aspenglen Campground

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When prepared for the anticipated conditions, camping is a fun activity throughout the year.

Planning for a Winter Camping Trip?

The only campground that is open in Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter season is Moraine Park Campground. Around 70 campsites are open for winter use, primarily in the B-Loop. These sites are available first-come, first-served.

Additional Things to Know When Planning a Winter Camping Trip

  • All campsites have a table, tent pad, and fire grate.
  • Vault toilets are open, all flush toilets are closed for the season.
  • For drinking water, there is a water spigot available in the campground. The only working water spigot during with winter season is located on the outside of the building across the street from the Ranger Station. The Ranger Station is closed for the winter season.
  • Campsites are not plowed or shoveled; pack a shovel and be prepared to dig out your own campsite.
  • When it snows, plowing the main park roads are our number one priority. Snowplows will plow campground roads, but expect delays.

Interested in Backcountry Winter Camping?

For information on Winter Wilderness Backpacking Camping Trips, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/wilderness-camping.htm.


 

Campground Fees

Summer Standard sites at all campgrounds $35 per night
Summer Group sites at Glacier Basin Campground $50 per night for small sites
$60 per night for medium sites
$70 per night for large sites
Winter Moraine Park Campground
(all other campgrounds closed)
$30 per night


Access and Senior Pass holders receive a 50% discount on standard sites.

 

If I have a camping reservation, do I also need a Timed Entry Permit Reservation to enter the park?

Timed Entry Permit Reservations are not currently required to enter the park. Visit Rocky's Timed Entry Permit Reservation page for more details.

 
RVs set up in Timber Creek Campground
Timber Creek Campground in summer

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Planning for a Summer Camping Trip?

Are you planning a summertime camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park?

On the east side of the park, during the 2023 summer camping season, Aspenglen and Glacier Basin Campgrounds will be open. On the west side of the park, Timber Creek Campground will also be open.

  • These campgrounds are available by reservation only and can be booked through Recreation.gov. Some sites are available to be booked up to 6 months in advance and some campsites are available on a short-term release. Please see each individual campground's page on Recreation.gov for more details.
  • For visitors who are camping at Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, and Timber Creek Campgrounds, your Timed Entry Permit is included with your camping reservation. In 2023, campers will be able to initially enter the park beginning at 1 p.m. on the first day of their camping reservation, which is also the check in time for all park campgrounds. Campers who plan to enter the park earlier in the day will have to enter the park outside of the times when Timed Entry Permits are in effect (for example, before 9 a.m. for most areas of the park) or reserve a Timed Entry Permit Reservation.

What About Moraine Park Campground?

Moraine Park Campground will be closed from late May 2023 to early summer 2024 for a major rehabilitation project. To learn more, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/getinvolved/moraine-park-campground-and-headquarters-east-utility-rehabilitation-project.htm.

Planning to Camp at Longs Peak?

Longs Peak Campground typically opens mid-summer and closes in early fall. This campground is available for tents only. Longs Peak Campground is the only first come, first-served campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Be aware, there is no water available in this campground. For more details on Longs Peak Campground, please see below.

Key Dates for the 2023 Summer Season:

East Side

  • Aspenglen Campground: Opens May 26 and Closes September 26
  • Glacier Basin Campground: Opens May 26 and Closes September 12
  • Longs Peak Campground: TBD

West Side

  • Timber Creek Campground: Opens May 26 and Closes September 26

For More Information on each Individual Campground:

 
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Frequently Asked Questions on Camping

Yes, camping is available year-round. Camping during the winter season is more limited than summer. The only campground that is open during the winter is Moraine Park Campground. During the winter, this campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

For summer reservations at Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek, visit Recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. Some campsites can be reserved up to 6 months in advance, while some campsites are availalbe on a short-term release. 

All reservable campsites are reserved well in advance. If somone cancels, the campsite immediately becomes available again through Recreation.gov. 

It is best to plan ahead. First come, first served camsites are not available at Rocky's reservable campsites.  

Longs Peak Campground is first-come, first-served only.

From May 1 through October 15, you can camp in the park 7 nights total parkwide. For example, if you stayed three nights at a campground on one trip and four nights at another campground on another, you wouldn't be able to stay any more nights that summer season.

You can also camp overnight in the park an additional 14 nights between November 1 and April 30.

Yes. The RV and trailer limits are as follows for each campground in Rocky Mountain National Park:
  • Aspenglen Campground: 30 feet
  • Glacier Basin Campground: 35 feet
  • Moraine Park Campground: 40 feet
  • Timber Creek Campground: 30 feet
  • Longs Peak Campground: Tents only

There is an eight (8) person limit per family site. For Group Sites, special rules apply. Please see the Glacier Basin Campground page for more details. 

Parking is limited to two (2) vehicles per site. A vehicle is defined as one vehicle, one trailer, one RV, or one towed unit.

Each vehicle must be parked on the gravel or paved parking pad causing no resource degradation or encroachment onto the paved access road. Some sites will accommodate only one vehicle on the graveled parking pad.

Extra vehicles must park in overflow areas.

Each camping site is limited to: one camping unit (i.e., a tent, RV, or trailer/tow vehicle) plus one additional tent. All tents shall be located on the tent pad. All additional camp structures must be self standing without impacts to vegetation or trees.

Parking is limited to two (2) vehicles per site. A vehicle is defined as one vehicle, one trailer, one RV, or one towed unit.

Each vehicle must be parked on the gravel or paved parking pad causing no resource degradation or encroachment onto the paved access road. Some sites will accommodate only one vehicle on the graveled parking pad.

Extra vehicles must park in overflow areas.

At group sites, special rules apply. Please see Glacier Basin Campground on this page.

At all campgrounds, check in begins at 1:00 p.m.

At all campgrounds, checkout is at 12 p.m. You must be packed up and out of your campsite on the date of your departure by 12 p.m. noon.

At all campgrounds, quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., this includes the use of generators. Please respect your fellow campers. 

No, camping fees are separate from the park's entrance fees.

It depends - America the Beautiful Interagency Senior and Access Pass holders get a 50% discount on camping fees. All other passholders, including the Rocky Mountain National Park Annual Pass, America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass, Military Pass, Veterans Pass, and Volunteer Pass, do not qualify for camping discounts. 

It depends. At Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, and Moraine Park, yes.

At Longs Peak and Timber Creek Campgrounds, no. 

Yes, with some rules. Pets must be on leashes no longer than six feet. Please clean up after them.

Pets are prohibited on all trails, tundra, and meadow areas. Pets may not make noise that impacts visitors or wildlife. For all pet regulations, please visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/pets.htm

No, the use of fireworks is prohibited in Rocky Mountain National Park.

No, for your safety and the safety of other campers, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and similar devices are all prohibited in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Last updated: February 1, 2023

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