Boundary Creek Backcountry Campsite is a two-site camping area just west of the northeastern boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park. The sites lie in a conifer forest north of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River. The campsites are reached by a short trail, marked with a wooden sign, which heads north from North Fork Trail just past a footbridge over Boundary Creek. The sites, lying are 4.6 miles from the Dunraven Trailhead. The trail gains 1,160 feet from trailhead to campsite. Allow four to five hours to backpack up to them. A privy is located between the two sites and water is obtained from either Boundary Creek or the Big Thompson River. Treat or boil all water before use. The campsite is snow-free by early June.

Pro Tips

  • Find Boundary Creek Campsite from Estes Park by driving northeast for 7.5 miles on MacGregor Avenue/Devils Gulch Road to Glen Haven Post Office. Continue on Devils Gulch Road for another 1.7 miles to Dunraven Glade Road and turn west. Follow Dunraven Gulch Road for 2.2 miles to the Dunraven Trailhead. Do not drive or park on the road past the trailhead since its private property. Hike west on North Fork Trail for 4.6 miles, passing through Comanche Peak Wilderness Area to the national park. A short path goes north to the campsites.
  • A backcountry permit is required for all overnight camping in Rocky Mountain National Park’s backcountry. Get permits at the Park Headquarters Backcountry Office next to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center west of Estes Park, at Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake, or at the park website.
  • You agree to obey National Park regulations for backcountry camping when you obtain a Backcountry Use Permit. The permit must be with you at all times and a tent tag must be displayed on your pack while hiking and on your tent. You must follow your planned itinerary so campsites aren’t overused or crowded. You also receive a tag to place on the dashboard of your vehicle, allowing overnight parking at trailheads without being towed.
  • Practice a Leave No Trace ethic when camping at Boundary Creek Campsite. Pitch tents in designated areas near a silver arrowhead. Secure food and garbage. Black bears are around so stash food in a bear-resistant canister, which is required from May to October at all campsites below timberline. Keep food, trash, and scented items in the container and store it 200 feet from your site. Don’t camp below dead trees; wind storms blow branches off them.
  • Recommended season(s): June through September.

    —Stewart M. Green


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