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Camping at Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Campground Options

Rocky Mountain National Park offers several campgrounds within its boundaries:

  • Moraine Park: Open year-round, but only with reservation from May to October.
  • Glacier Basin: Typically open from late May to mid-September, reservations required.
  • Aspenglen: Open seasonally, usually from late May to September, reservations needed.
  • Timber Creek: Located on the park's west side, open seasonally, first-come, first-served basis.
  • Longs Peak: Tent-only campground, open summer through fall, first-come, first-served.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campground reservations can be made through Recreation.gov and are highly recommended, especially during the peak summer season.
  • Fees: There are nightly fees for camping, which vary by campground and type of campsite. Additionally, there's an entrance fee for the park.

Backcountry Camping

For a more secluded experience, backcountry camping is available:

  • Permits: A permit is required for all overnight backcountry camping. They can be obtained at the park's backcountry office or through the mail.
  • Fees and Regulations: There's a fee for each backcountry camping permit, and regulations are strictly enforced to protect the park's wilderness.

Amenities and Facilities

Campground facilities vary but may include:

  • Restrooms: Flush or vault toilets are available.
  • Potable Water: Available at most campgrounds, except in the winter or at backcountry sites.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Provided at each campsite.
  • Note that showers and full hook-ups are not available in the park.

Wildlife and Safety

  • Bears: The park is home to black bears; proper food storage and handling are mandatory.
  • Altitude: The high altitude can affect visitors; acclimatization and hydration are important.

Weather and Preparation

  • Mountain Weather: Weather can change rapidly, with possibilities for snow, even in summer.
  • Preparation: It's essential to be prepared with the right gear and clothing layers.

Rules and Regulations

  • Quiet Hours: Typically enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Pets: Allowed in campgrounds, but must be leashed and are not permitted on trails.
  • Fires: Allowed only in designated fire rings or grills.
  • Wilderness Preservation: Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the park.


  • Some campgrounds have accessible sites and facilities. Check in advance to ensure accommodation for any specific needs.

Activities and Attractions

  • Hiking Trails: The park offers over 300 miles of hiking trails.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Elk, moose, deer, and many bird species are commonly sighted.
  • Scenic Drives: Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road provide stunning views.
  • Visitor Centers: Stop by to get information, maps, and advice from rangers.

Useful Contact Information

  • For reservations: Visit Recreation.gov or call their reservation line.
  • For backcountry permits and park information: Contact the park's backcountry office or visit the official Rocky Mountain National Park website.

Additional Tips: Plan ahead, especially if you're visiting during peak season. Check the park's official website for any alerts, closures, or updates before your trip.

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