The best way to see Rocky Mountain National Park is to spend several days discovering the different areas of the park. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to camp in Rocky Mountain National Park, so you can plan your perfect trip.
Please note that all backcountry campsites require a permit to be reserved in advance. All permits open up for reservation beginning March 1st. Always comply with backcountry regulations such as fire bans, bear cannisters, and trail closures. Check with the ranger office prior to leaving on your trip from the most up-to-date information.
1. Enjoy the Quiet West Side at Timber Creek Campground
This 98-site campground is open from late May until early November on a first-come-first-served basis. As the only camping option on the west side of the park, you’ll be treated to quiet, pristine views, and wilderness.
2. Stay Close to the Action at Moraine Park Campground
This highly-popular site offers stunner views of Long’s Peak, an iconic Colorado fourteener (mountain exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation). For the summer months, reservations are highly-recommended, in winter these sites are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
3. Backpack Part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Dream of doing a big thru-hike, but don’t have the time? Explore the Continental Divide Trail as it makes its way through Rocky Mountain National Park. There are 17 distinct backcountry campsites available for permit.
4. Best Place to Camp in Rocky Mountain National Park with a Tent: Long’s Peak Campground
If you’re an experienced mountaineer and looking to tackle Colorado’s iconic Long’s Peak (14,259’), consider staying at Long’s Peak Campground before your summit bid. This campground features six tent-only sites that are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
5. Backpack to Ouzel Lake on the Wild Basin Trail
The Ouzel Lake Trail is only 4.9 miles in length, but it offers unique scenery from a fire started by a lightning strike. Camp here overnight for ultimate solitude, there’s only one backcountry site in this area.
Whether you are a backpacking enthusiast or a car camping aficionado, Rocky Mountain National Park offers up a camp spot for everyone. Be sure to fully enjoy the park by spending a few nights under the stars.
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