Goblins Forest Backcountry Campsite offers six individual sites on the south side of Alpine Brook off the East Longs Peak Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The primitive sites, lying in a spruce and lodgepole pine forest at 10,120 feet, are popular with hikers climbing to the 14,259-foot summit of Longs Peak. The campsite, reached by a short marked path from the main trail, has a privy and water is available from Alpine Brook. Boil or treat water before using and practice a Leave No Trace ethic. Cooking is with stoves only and fires are prohibited. Place tents on established pads to avoid environmental damage and close to a silver arrowhead on a tree. Goblins Forest campsite is 1.2 miles from the Longs Peak Trailhead. Allow an hour to hike to the sites.

Pro Tips

  • Find Goblin Valley Backcountry Campsite by driving south from Estes Park on Colorado Highway 7 for seven miles. Turn right or west on Longs Peak Road and drive to a large parking lot by the Longs Peak Ranger Station. Hike up East Longs Peak Trail, passing the turnoff for Storm Pass and Estes Cone, for 1.2 miles. Look for a trail sign on the left for the campsites and follow a path marked with red arrowheads to the area.
  • A backcountry permit is required for all overnight camping in Rocky Mountain National Park’s backcountry. Obtain permits at the Park Headquarters Backcountry Office next to Beaver Meadows Visitor Center west of Estes Park or at Kawuneeche Visitor Center north of Grand Lake, and at the park website.
  • To obtain a permit you agree to obey National Park regulations for backcountry camping. The Backcountry Use 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.
  • Use a Leave No Trace ethic when camping at Moore Park. Pitch tents in designated areas. Secure food and garbage. Black bears are around so stow food in a bear-resistant canister, which is required May to October at all campsites below timberline. Keep food, trash, and scented items in the container and store it 200 feet from the campsite. Don’t camp below dead trees because windstorms can blow branches off them.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round. Summer and autumn are best.

    —Stewart M. Green


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