Estes Park Campground at East Portal is tucked up at the end of Hwy 66, about 2 miles south of the main entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Despite its convenient location, the campground feels private and secluded, in a nicely forested area at 8,258′ (2,517m).
There are 69 tent and RV sites, suitable for vehicles less than 24′ long, as the roads are fairly primitive and narrow. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings, and some sites are ADA accessible. Pine trees and aspen trees provide ample shade, and interesting rock outcroppings frame the hillside above. Other amenities include drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, water & electric hookups (some with full hookups), a dump station, firewood and ice sales, and a playground.
One of the park’s trail heads is within an easy walk of the campground. That trail provides access to both the Glacier Basin and Sprague Lake areas in Rocky Mountain National Park. There is also a trail that connects the campground to the nearby YMCA of the Rockies. The reservoir at the East Portal is a popular spot for fishermen.
This is a summer only campground, and reservations are recommended.
The campground is run by the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District.
Check out some photos of the campground:
Reserve a Spot at the Estes Park Campground at East Portal