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Frontcountry Camping Information
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Frontcountry camping, also known as car camping, is great for families or those who want to be outdoors but still have access to facilities and be just a short drive from town. Many frontcountry campsites have restrooms, water spigots, dump stations, firewood and ice for sale, and bear boxes for food storage.

RMNP Campgrounds
There are 5 campgrounds in the National Park:

Moraine Park - elevation 8160' - 245 sites
Located off Bear Lake Road in the ponderosa forest above the Moraine Park meadow, this campground offer evening programs, shuttle bus service to Bear Laake, and hiking access to many excellent trails. Reservations are taken throught the summer season. Group sites available.

Glacier Basin - elevation 8500' - 150 sites
Glacier Basin Campground is bordered by Glacier Creek and offers sprawling views of the Contiental Divide, hiking access to the Sprague Lake trailhead, and the Bear Lake shuttle bus. Group sites available.

Aspenglen - elevation 8220' - 54 sites
Just inside the Fall River Entrance Station on Highway 34, Aspenglen Campground is bordered by the river and offers weekend evening progams. Reservations are taken through the summer season.

Longs Peak - elevation 9500' - 26 sites
Longs Peak is a tents-only campground located south of the town of Estes Park on Highway 7. Adjacent to the Longs Peak trailhead, this wooded campsite is the highest in the park.

Timber Creek - elevation 8900' - 98 sites
Timber Creek is located on the west side of RMNP, north of the Grand Lake Entrance Station. This campground offers extensive views of the Never Summer Mountains to the west and offers evening programs.

Facilities: All five of these campgrounds have restrooms, water spigots, bear boxes, and firewood for sale. Ice is also sold at all except Timber Creek. Dump stations exist at Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek.

Note: Information provided is for the summer time. Certain facilities and services not offered in the winter. Please check with Rocky Mountain National Park for up to date information, reservations, and any questions or call 888-448-1474.

Backcountry Camping - Backcountry camping refers to an area that requires a hike to access. These areas are more remote than front country camping, offer a sense of solitude, and give you a chance to commune with nature.

Rocky Mountain National Park Map

Commercial Campgrounds / RV Parks
Estes Park offers many commercial campgrounds. These may offer more facilities than the National Park campgrounds and are located conveniently close to town. Perfect if your idea of "roughing it" still involves hot showers! Either visit their websites or give them a call for more information.

Estes Park KOA - (970) 586 - 2888 + (800) 562 - 1887
Estes Park Campground - (970) 586 - 4188 + (888) 815 - 2029
Jellystone Park of Estes - (970) 586 - 4230 + (800) 722 - 2928
Manor RV Park - (970) 586 - 3251 + (800) 344 - 3256
Mary's Lake Campground and RV Park - (970) 586 - 4411 + (800) 445 - 6279
Paradise On The River - (970) 586 - 5513 + (866) 556 - 3422
River Forks Inn - (970) 669 - 2380
Spruce Lake RV - (970) 586 - 2889 + (800) 536 - 1050
Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort - (970) 586 - 5342 + (800) 582 - 5342

Other Camping
Our town and National Park are surrounded by Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forests which offer even more camping opportunities. Pole Hill Road, Storm Mountain Road, and Bunt School Road are some of the free car camping areas available. These areas offer no facilities but have the advantage of being free! Call or stop by the shop and chat with our staff for more info on these areas. Visit Roosevelt and Arapahoe National Forest Service's website for more info on camping regulations.

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Area borders the National Park to the south within the National Forest. It is a rugged and beautiful area with terrain similar to Rocky Mountain National Park. Permits are required for camping in Indian Peaks during the summer.

Let us help you...
Estes Park Mountain Shop has camping suppliesHere at the Estes Park Mountain Shop we love the outdoors and get outside as much as we can to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and lead that healthy, active lifestyle we love so much.

To help you enjoy that same great lifestyle, we offer a selection of rental equipment to get you into the outdoors!