Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

There are 5 front country (aka drive-in) campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park, plus 121 backcountry (hike in) sites.

Rocky Mountain National Park Campgrounds

Campground Elevation East/West Side # of Sites RV Limit Reservations
Moraine Park 8160’ (2487m) E 244 (77 winter) 40' Y (in summer)
Glacier Basin 8500′ (2590m) E 163 (13 group) 35' Y
Aspenglen 8220’ (2505m) E 53 30' Y
Longs Peak 9405’ (2867m) E 26 Tents only N
Timber Creek 8900’ (2713m) W 98 30' N

 

Reservations

Campsites in Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Aspenglen Campgrounds can be reserved for summer camping up to six months in advance.  Visit recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777 to make a reservation.

Longs Peak and Timber Creek Campgrounds are first-come, first serve.

Moraine Park is the only campground that is open year round, and it is first-come, first-serve during the winter months.

During the summer months, most campgrounds are full every day by early afternoon, so reservations are recommended.  Weekends are even more in demand.

Site Limits

Between June 1 and September 30, you are limited to seven total nights of camping anywhere within the park.  During the rest of the year, you may stay up to 14 more nights.

Each standard site can accommodate 8 people.  You may have one vehicle and one camping unit (e.g. tent, trailer, RV) per site.  In lieu of a vehicle, you may have two tents per site.  Any additional vehicles must be parked in the overflow parking areas.

Group camping is available at Glacier Basin Campground.

RVs

Longs Peak is a tents only campground, and the remaining campgrounds all accommodate RVs, with the following length limits:

Moraine Park: 40 feet
Glacier Basin: 35 feet
Aspenglen: 30 feet
Timber Creek: 30 feet

There are no hookups, and generator use is permitted only during certain hours.  Dump stations are available only in Moraine Park or Timber Creek Campgrounds.

Fires

Providing there are no burn bans in effect, fires are permitted in metal fire grates.  Fires must be tended at all times, and completely extinguished if no one will be physically present, watching the fire.  It is a good idea to have a bucket of water on hand at all times if burning anything.

Collecting firewood or tinder is not allowed, but firewood is available for purchase at all campgrounds in the summer.  It is best to purchase firewood in or near the park to prevent the movement of unwanted plants or insects.

Hours

Check in is at 1 pm, and check out is at 12 pm in all campgrounds.

Quiet hours are from 10 PM – 6 AM.

Fees

As of July 2016, fees in each campground are $26 per night ($18 in Moraine Park when the water is off during the winter).  Group camping in Glacier Basin is $4 per person per night.

America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass holders can get 50% off of camping fees.

A separate entrance fee is required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park.

Pets

Pets are allowed in all campgrounds, but they must be leashed at all times.  Leashes must be 6′ or less in length.  Pets must be attended at all times, and owners must clean up after their pets.

Pets are only allowed near roadsides, campgrounds, and picnic areas.  All trails and meadow areas are off limits.  Pets must not disturb other visitors or wildlife.

Service animals (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) may accompany their owners at all times.  Emotional support animals do not qualify as service animals.

Items for Sale

Firewood is available for sale at all campgrounds during the summer.  Ice is available only at Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Aspenglen.

Prohibited Items

The following are prohibited:

Fireworks
Skateboards, skates, rollerblades, scooters, etc.
Unattended pets
Improperly stored food.  Please use storage lockers or properly secure in your vehicle (in a secure container in the trunk).

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