Green Mountain Backcountry Campsite hides in a lodgepole pine forest south of Green Mountain Trail in western Rocky Mountain National Park. The single site lies on the west side of Big Meadows, the largest montane meadow in the park. Tonahutu Creek, named for the Arapahoe name meaning “big meadow,” twists across the broad, flat grassland. It’s a great spot to see grazing elk, deer, and moose. The campsite, lying at 9,550 feet, is easily accessed by hiking 1.8 miles up Green Mountain Trail, gaining 750 feet from parking lot to tent site. Allow a couple hours to backpack to the site; longer if you hike 4.4 miles from Tonahutu Trailhead to the south. There is no privy at the site, so practice leave no trace by using wag bags. Get water from Tonahutu Creek. Treat or boil all water before use. The campsite is snow-free by June 13.
Recommended season(s): June through September.
—Stewart M. Green