The Glacier Gorge Backcountry Campsite offers a single site on the west side of Glacier Creek between Mills Lake and Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Glacier Gorge. The campsite is perfect for hikers and climbers who want to scale peaks above the valley, including Chiefs Head Peak, Spearhead, and McHenrys Peak. The site, located at 10,000 feet, is reached by a short trail marked with a wooden sign. There is no privy at the site so the park requires you to pack in and out at least two RESTOP wag bags for human waste. Water is available from Glacier Creek. Boil or treat all water before drinking. The Glacier Gorge campsite is 3.8 miles from Glacier Gorge Trailhead. The hike, gaining 760 feet, takes three to four hours. This campsite, along with Andrews Creek campsite in Loch Vale, is very popular so make early reservations, especially for weekends, or you’ll be out of luck.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green