The two-site Moore Park Backcountry Campsite straddles the Storm Pass Trail between the Longs Peak Trailhead and Storm Pass. The sites, on each side of the trail, sit in a lodgepole pine and spruce forest by Moore Park, a lovely open meadow by Inn Creek. The campsite makes a good overnight stop if you’re climbing 11,006-foot Estes Cone or backpacking to Storm Pass Trailhead on Bear Lake Road. The site has a toilet (add peat after use). Wooden signs mark the paths to each campsite. Water is found in nearby Inn Creek but remember to boil or treat before use.

Pro Tips

  • To reach the campsite, drive north from Estes Park on Colorado Highway 7 for seven miles to Longs Peak Road. Turn right or west and drive to a large parking area at the Longs Peak Ranger Station. Hike up East Longs Peak Trail for 0.5 miles to a junction. Go right or north on Storm Pass Trail and hike the cabin remains at Eugenia Mine. Continue on the trail for 0.4 miles to Moore Park and the campsite. Total hike distance is 1.7 miles with 360 feet of elevation gain.
  • 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; wind storms blow branches off them. Fires are not permitted.
  • Recommended season(s): June to October.

    —Stewart M. Green


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