The Rocky Mountains are the quintessential mountain camping experience. Rocky Mountain National Park, located in Colorado, offers more than 75 peaks, over 350 miles of hiking trails, and 156 lakes ready for you to explore. It’s open 24/7, so you can capture the mountains day and night in this historic national park. RV parks and campgrounds fill up quickly in this national park, so plan to book 6 months in advance of your road trip.
Timber Creek Campground
Timber Creek Campground is the only campground on the west side of the park, offering a lot of room for everyone to stay, but this campground is first-come, first-serve. It is located right along the Colorado River and about eight miles north of the Grand Lake entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park.
There is so much to do close to the campground like beaches, caves, forests, hot springs, and more. This campsite is $26 a night, but keep in mind a pine beetle infestation caused the removal of trees, making very little shade, so pack appropriately. Amenities are seasonal and include potable water, grills, picnic tables, vault toilets, trash, recycling, and an RV dump station.
Aspenglen Campground, located just west of the Fall River Entrance to the Rocky Mountains National Park, has 53 campsites. It is open late May to late September, and you can reserve a campsite online up to 6 months in advance, but also offer first come first served spots at just $30 a night.
Elk herds are very present at this campsite. If you camp here in September, the elk will be in the fields nearby as they are usually in this part of the park in fall.
Aspenglen Campground is very popular as it is within the park boundaries and is very secluded, letting you connect with nature to its fullest. Fall River Visitor Center is just a short walk from this campground.
Aspenglen offers flush toilets, picnic tables, fire pits, potable water, and food storage lockers as bears are present in the park. There are no hookups in this campground, so come prepared.
Glacier Basin Campground
Glacier Basin is ideal for the hikers, it is near loads of trails starting with the hike to Glacier Basin, and hikes to Sprague Lake, Bear Lake, and Emerald Lake are all very close. The campsites offer fire pits and picnic tables for the group that would prefer to relax than go hike. There is firewood for sale at the campground, leaving you with one less thing to pack.
Glacier Basin has clean flushing restrooms, but no showers and no hot water, so keep that in mind, maybe pack a portable shower bag.
We recommend booking this campsite in advance, it is reservable six months in advance and gets booked out at the snap of a finger. To stay here, it is $30 per night and then increases per group size, head to the national park website to get all the information.
Moraine Park Campground
Moraine Park Campground, only 15 minutes from Estes Park, is probably the most popular in the Rocky Mountains National Park with almost nothing to fault. Located near the Beaver Meadows Entrance, this year-round campground is situated on the north side of Moraine Park, delivering stunning views of the park and surrounding mountains. You can go on hikes, scenic drives, or horseback riding, to name a few at Moraine Park.
There are flushing toilets and drinking water provided at this campground for the most, but Loops B and E have vault toilets only and no drinking water. There is no hot running water here, so pack a shower bag for you to have a rinse after your days full of adventure.
Moraine Park Campground can be reserved six months in advance, ranging from $30 – $60 a night, with group sites available.
Longs Peak Campground
Long Peak Campground sits at an elevation of 9,405 feet, coming here to camp means you should plan to climb the Longs Peak Trail. You need to be ready for a pre-dawn start to get this hike finished. This campground offers 26 tent-only sites and is all first come first served and is $26 a night.
Long Peaks has vault toilets and firewood for sale located at both ends of the loop. Be sure to pack water as there is water offered but not in all seasons.
Rocky Mountain National Park provides some of the most amazing outdoor adventures for everyone. If you haven’t visited yet, then plan a camper van road trip now and reserve one of these awesome Rocky Mountain National Park Campgrounds. Most are only open in the summer months, so plan accordingly.
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