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Rocky Mountain Camping | Your Ultimate Guide to RMNP Campgrounds

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There’s nothing like Rocky Mountain camping–from wilderness camping spots to camps with modern amenities, this is the only guide you need for RMNP Campgrounds. Plus, we cover other campgrounds throughout the Rocky Mountains in Canada, Montana, & Wyoming.

The rolling peaks of the Rocky Mountains, also known as the Rockies, stretch over 3,000 miles from the northern edge of British Columbia, through the US and down to New Mexico. You’ll find the tallest peak in Lake County, Colorado. Known as Mount Ebert, it reaches an incredible 14,440 feet above sea level. Mount Ebert is in the White River National Forest, about 1.40 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)–one of the most popular spots to explore the Rockies in Colorado.

Much of this massive mountain range is protected by public parks and forest lands, such as RMNP. Camping, birdwatching, hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing—Rocky Mountain National Park offers it all, with the beautiful Rockies setting the tone. The majority of campers don’t go more than one mile from their cars, by going just a little farther into the wilderness you can score complete seclusion. Plus, the park has over 300 miles of hiking trails.

There are over 10 national parks in America and Canada where you can explore the Rockies.

Rocky Mountain camping is offered at these National Parks in America:

  • Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
  • Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
  • Flathead Lake (Montana)
  • Glacier National Park (Montana)
  • Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Idaho)
  • And of course, Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

National Parks in Canada with access to the Rockies include:

  • Banff National Park (Alberta)
  • Jasper National Park (Alberta)
  • Kootenay National Park (Southeastern British Columbia)
  • Waterton Lakes National Park (Southern Alberta)
  • Yoho National Park (Eastern British Columbia)

Rocky Mountain Camping: RMNP Campgrounds

Most National Parks offer campsites, including Rocky Mountain National Park. Pick between wilderness sites or maintained camps with bathrooms and other amenities. First, we’re going to cover your options for wilderness camping in the Rockies.

Wilderness Camping in RMNP

There are over 100 designated camping sites in Rocky Mountain National Park. Some of these sites are ideal for beginner wilderness campers, while other sites are fit to more experienced wilderness campers. Site elevations range between 7,000 and 11,000 feet. Check out a map of all campsites here.

Rocky Mountain National Park is broken up into distinct regions (North Fork Area, Mummy Range Area, Bear Lake Area, Longs Peak Area, Wild Basin Area, East Inlet Area, North Inlet Area, Tonahutu Area, Timber Lake Area, Never Summer Area, Hague Creek Area, and the Sprague Lake Accessible Campsite). Each of these regions house a variety of wilderness camp sites.

You Need a Permit for Wilderness Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

Overnight travel in the wilderness requires a permit. You can obtain information about permits at one of two Wilderness Offices located within Rocky Mountain National Park, or by calling 970-586-1242.

Constantly changing conditions paired with a mountain pine beetle infestation cause campsites and camping locations to change on a regular basis. By contacting the Wilderness Office, you can pinpoint current conditions, campsites, and requirements.

Ready to start your adventure? Fill out the Rocky Mountain NP Wilderness Campsite Reservation Request Application

Wilderness Designated Tent Camping Sites in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Valley View 

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Location: Grand County, Estes Park, CO 80517 [Never Summer Area]

Website: nps.gov

# of sites: 1

Elevation: 10,260

Distance from Trailhead: 3.2 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Valley-View

  • Ouzel Lake 

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Location: Allenspark, CO 80510 [Wild Basin Area]

Website: nps.gov/

# of sites: 1

Elevation: 10,020

Distance from Trailhead: 4.9 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Ouzel-Lake

  • Pear Lake 

    Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: Allenspark, Boulder County, CO 80510 [Wild Basin Area]

Website: nps.gov/

# of sites: 1

Elevation: 10,580

Distance from Trailhead: 6.6 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Pear-Lake

  • Old Forest Inn 

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Location: Estes Park, CO 80517 [Bear Lake Area]

Website: nps.gov

# of sites: 2

Elevation: 8,400

Distance from Trailhead: 1.7 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Old-Forest-Inn

  • Fern Lake 
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Location: Estes Park, CO 80517 [Bear Lake Area]

Website: nps.gov

# of sites: 3

Elevation: 9,530

Distance from Trailhead: 3.8 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Fern-Lake

  • Boulderfield 
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Location: Allenspark, CO 80510 [Longs Peak Area]

Website: nps.gov

# of sites: 9

Elevation: 12,760

Distance from Trailhead: 6 miles

Learn More: nps.gov-Boulderfield

  • Timber Creek Campground 
    Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: Grand County, Grand Lake, CO [Timber Lake Area]

Website: nps.gov/

# of sites: 1

Elevation: 10,400 feet

Distance from Trailhead: 3 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Timber-Creek 

  • Snowbird 
    Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: Grand Lake, CO 80447 [Timber Lake Area]

Website: nps.gov

# of sites: 2

Elevation: 11,010

Distance from Trailhead: 4.6 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Snowbird

  • Summerland Park  

    Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: Grand Lake, CO 80447 [North Inlet Area]

Website: nps.gov/

# of sites: 1

Elevation: 8,620

Distance from Trailhead: 1.7 miles

Learn More: nps.gov/Summmerland-Park


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RMNP Campgrounds with Additional Amenities

Not ready to go rogue and try your luck at wilderness camping? Rest assured, there are several campgrounds within Rocky Mountain National Park that offer bathrooms and running water.

Moraine Park Campground

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Location: US 36, Estes Park, Larimer County, CO

Open: May 24 to October 8

Camping Fee: $26 per night

Elevation: 8,160 feet

Website: recreation.gov/camping/moraine-park-campground

Moraine Park Campground is centrally located near the Beaver Meadows Entrance off Highway 36. It offers hundreds of non-electric tent sites, as well as walk-to tent sites, and several RV sites (no hookups). Each campsite comes with a fire ring + grate, tent pad, and picnic table. Flush toilets and drinking water are available to campers.

Camping sites line the north side of Moraine Park, granting spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and scenery. Popular activities include scenic drives, hiking, backpacking, fishing, wildlife watching, and horseback riding. The RMNP’s free shuttle bus stops at Moraine Park, making it easy to travel to many park trailheads in the Bear Lake corridor.

Reservations: Book your trip online

Glacier Basin Campground

Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: Highway 36 West, Estes Park, CO

Open: May 24 to October 8

Camping Fee: $26 per day/night

Elevation: 8,500 feet

Website: recreation.gov/camping/glacier-basin-campground

Glacier Basin Campground sits beside Estes Park and offers amenities like paved parking and bathrooms. There are group and family tent areas, as well as standard non-electric and tent-only non-electric sites. Several RV-friendly sites exist as well, but no hookups are available.

Modern amenities like flush toilets, drinking water, and paved roads help make your camping experience as comfortable as possible. Trash collection is provided, as well as food storage lockers. Enjoy access to pay phones, a firewood vendor, ranger station, and a dump station. No shower or laundry facilities are available at this campground.

This campground is on the RMNP’s free shuttle bus stop list, which means easy transportation to many popular spots throughout Bear Lake and the town of Estes Park. 

Reservations: Reserve your spot online

Aspenglen Campground

Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: US-34 & Old Fall River Rd, Estes Park, CO

Open: May 24 to October 8

Camping Fee: $26 per day/night

Website: recreation.gov/camping/aspenglen-campground

Aspenglen Campground is home to several drive-to family sites for tents and RVs. Additionally, this RMNP campground offers more secluded walk-to tent sites. Every campsite comes with a picnic table, fire ring and grate, as well as a tent pad. Roads and parking areas are paved.

Toilets and drinking water are available to campers. Food storage lockers are provided, and there are trash dumpsters as well as a recycling station. Ice is offered on site and firewood is available for purchase in the summer season. There is a Ranger Station and Camp Host.

You don’t have to leave camp to partake in activities like horseback riding and hiking. But when you’re ready to explore more, the town of Estes Park is located right outside Aspenglen’s main entrance. From here, you are a short drive from dining, shopping, and entertainment. Plus, Lake Estes offers boating fun for everyone.

Reservations: Online reservations available here

Rocky Mountain Camping: Campgrounds Near Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Top Motel & Campground

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Location: 10090 US-24, Green Mountain Falls, CO

Open: Year-round

Camping Fee: Starting at $33 per night

Website: rockytopco.com/

Minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, this family owned and operated campground is tucked away in Green Mountain Falls. The RV park offers 30/50AMP full hookup service, as well as tent camping with incredible mountain views. All campsites come with a fire ring, picnic table, and a charcoal grill.

There is a motel too, just in case you don’t have tent camping gear or an RV. Rates range between $71 and $158 per night, depending on time of year and room size. Camp is open for summer (May 1-September 30), and Winter (October 1-April 30).

This campground offers superior convenience—located just three miles from Pikes Peak Highway, and just minutes away from Manitou Springs, Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, and Cripple Creek + more.

Amenities include laundry facilities, bathrooms with showers, propane, phone with voicemail, a country store and more.  To keep you busy there’s a playground and rec room, along with horseshoe pits, a pickleball court, and a group picnic area. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

Reservations: Book your stay online

Estes Park Campground at Mary’s Lake

Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: 2120 Marys Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO

Open: Year-round

Elevation: 8,050 feet

Camping Fee: Starts at $35 per night

Website: colorado.gov/estes-park-campground-marys-lake

There are a lot of ways to stay at Estes Park Campground at Mary’s Lake, including standard tent and RV sites, water/electric sites, back-in and pull thru sites with full hookups, and double tent/RV sites.

Camping sites are graded and wide enough to accommodate most trucks, trailers, and big rigs. In total, there are 120 sites offering Rocky Mountain camping at its finest. Each site comes with a picnic table and campfire ring. Tent sites come equipped with bear-resistant food storage lockers.

Camp guests can use flush toilets and hot showers in clean restrooms. Additionally, guests have access to laundry facilities, water/electric hookups, firewood and ice ($), a camp store, and a dump station.

A free local shuttle travels to the park every day in the summer, offering rides to popular attractions in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

This campground is mostly sunny with partial shade in tent areas. The best part of all? It offers incredible views of Twin Sisters Peaks as it towers over Mary’s Lake. Visitors of all ages enjoy climbing on the abundance of natural rock formations in the area. Plus, kids love the on-site playground.

Make a splash in the lake or take a dip in the heated pool. From fishing to hiking, there’s something for everyone. Speaking of hikes, there are trails mild enough for kids and strollers, and more treacherous backcountry hikes if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush (and a hardcore workout). You’ll find lots of service providers throughout Estes Park offering horseback rides, off-roading, fly fishing, rock climbing, biking, and more.

Volunteer your time in exchange for free camping—learn more.

Reservations: You can reserve your spot online at reserveamerica.com. Book early, this is a popular campsite.

Estes Park Campground at East Portal

Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: 3420 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, CO

Open: May 15 to September 30

Elevation: 8,300 feet

Camping Fee: Starts at $35 per night

Website: colorado.gov/estes-park-campground-east-portal

Enjoy stunning views of the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, as well as easy access to the East Portal Reservoir where there are fishing opportunities galore. Estes Park at East Portal is a double loop campground with 68 sites suited to tent campers and campers with small RVs and trailers measuring less than 24-feet in length. There are sites with water and electric, as well several full hookup sites.

This campground offers a lot of shade–more than its sister camp, Estes Park at Mary’s Lake. Guests can access clean drinking water, hot showers, and flush toilets. There’s a dump station on site, as well as firewood and ice for purchase.

Just west of camp is a trail that leads to popular hikes throughout Rocky Mountain National Park, including trails that’ll take you to the Sprague Lake and Glacier Basin areas. Ready to try your luck on the water? Bring your fishing gear so you can catch something yummy in the East Portal Reservoir—just a few steps away from camp.

This is the perfect park for families and groups looking to explore the surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s even a play park for the kids. Nearby attractions include horseback riding, mini golfing, boating, go-carts, and more. Get ready to spot some awesome wildlife, like raptors, elk, deer, fox, coyotes, and many small mammals and birds. There are bears in the area too, hence why food lockers are provided at all tent campsites.

Reservations: Reserve your spot online. Book early, sites fill up fast.

Estes Park KOA

Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: 2051 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO

Open: May 1 to October 15

Elevation: 7,522 feet

Camping Fee: n/a

Website: https://koa.com/campgrounds/estes-park/

Explore all that Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park offer while staying at this KOA campground. Here you’ll find tent and RV camping, as well as cabins and deluxe cabins for rent. There are tent sites with no hookups, as well as tent sites with electric hookups.

All sites can accommodate up to six people. Each Rocky Mountain camping site has a stream running to one side, with the privacy of rustic redwood fencing separating it from neighboring sites.

A variety of mixed use and back-in RV sites are available, including ultimate 50AMP full hookup sites, as well as water/electric 30/20AMP sites. Many sites come with cable and Wi-Fi.  RVs must be no longer than 35 feet. One and two-bedroom camping cabins and deluxe cabins are available, some of which can sleep up to six people. Deluxe cabins come with bathrooms.

Lake Estes and the Big Thompson River are just across the street, home to fly fishing heaven. You can rent fishing, boating, and biking gear. Stick to dry ground and go horseback riding next door, or visit the family fun park down the road for a round of mini golf, rock climbing, and bumper cars. Then again, you could always stick to relaxing and wildlife watching—after all, there’s a lot of wildlife to be seen including elk, moose, deer, birds, and more.

A free shuttle takes campers to town (1.5 miles away) and to fun events during the summer. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, propane, cable TV, pavilion, firewood for sale, and a dog park. Did we mention campers can indulge in delicious pancake breakfasts, ice cream socials, and free marshmallow roasts?! Plus, there’s a fully stocked store with supplies and souvenirs.

Reservations: Call 970-586-1887, or book your stay online

Winding River Resort

Rocky Mountain camping

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Location: 1447 CO Rd 491, Grand Lake, CO

Open: Year-round

Camping Fee: Starts at $38 per night (based on double occupancy)

Website: windingriverresort.com

Winding River Resort borders Rocky Mountain National Park and offers views of Arapahoe National Park. There are plenty of camping sites around here for both tent campers and RVs. Pick between sites with no hookups, electric sites, and sites with full hookups.

Do you have horses? Many campers bring their horses thanks to guest horse camp sites with corrals and direct access to many horse trails that weave through Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as Arapaho National Forest.

Prefer to stay in a cabin or lodge room? Lodge rooms come with a small fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and private bathroom. Cabins come with a full kitchen and bathroom, as well as linens and cooking utensils. Bringing a large family or big group of friends? The Trailboss Cabin offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests.

This campground is open year-round. Summer season is Memorial Day through September 30, and winter season is Thanksgiving weekend through March 31. From snowmobiling in the winter to horseback riding in the summer, there’s never a shortage of things to do here. Daytime activities include a carriage and sleigh museum, as well as an animal farm. Campfires are a must at night while you take in the stunning star-filled sky and towering Rocky Mountains.

Amenities include showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Visit the Camp Store to get a variety of camping and fishing supplies, as well as some grocery items. There’s also a gift shop packed with western and cowboy-themed knick-knacks and collectables.

Reservations: Make your reservation online, or call 970-627-3215

More Campgrounds In & Near the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are massive, which means you don’t have to travel to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park to experience the widespread Range firsthand. There are campgrounds with access to the Rocky Mountains in Canada, Montana, and Wyoming–just to name a few. Check out some of our favorites below.

Rocky Mountain Camping in Canada

Riverview Campground

Location: 40009 RR 7-3A, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

Website: riverview-campground.com

Cow Lake Campground

Location: Rocky Mountain House, AV T4T 2A2, Canada

Website: cowlake.ca

Outwest Camping & RV Park Ltd.

Location: 381071 RR- 10-0, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 2A2, Canada

Website: outwestcamping.com

Banff National Park

Location: Alberta, Canada

Website: pc.gc.ca/banff/activ/camping

Jasper National Park

Location: Alberta, Canada

Website: pc.gc.ca/jasper/camping

Kootenay National Park

Location: Southeastern British Columbia

Websitepc.gc.ca/kootenay/camping

Waterton Lakes National Park

Location: Southern Alberta

Website: reservation.pc.gc.ca/WatertonLakes

Yoho National Park

Location: Eastern British Columbia

Website: pc.gc.ca/yoho/camping

Rocky Mountain Camping in Montana, USA

Rocky Mountain Hi Campground

Location: 825 Helena Flats Rd, Kalispell, MT

Website: glaciercamping.com

Rocky Mountain RV Park + Cabins

Location: 14 Jardine Rd, Gardiner, MT

Website: https://www.rockymountainrvpark.com

Flathead Lake

Location: Montana

Website: montanastateparks.reserveamerica.com

Glacier National Park

Location: Montana

Website: nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit

Rocky Mountain Camping in Wyoming, USA

Brown Mountain Campground

Location: Meeteetse, WY 82433

Website: fs.usda.gov/recarea/shoshone/recreation/camping-cabins

Sugarloaf Campground

Location: Forest Rd 346, Centennial, WY

Website: recreation.gov

Tie City Campground

Location: Forest Rd 723, Laramie, WY

Website: fs.usda.gov/

Yellowstone National Park

Location: Wyoming

Website: nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds

Grand Teton National Park

Location: Wyoming

Website: nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/camping.htm