Campground is about 4 miles west of Estes Park and is smaller than Moraine CG. I find this CG to be much cooler and less dusty than Moraine. Standard NP non-electric campsites. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate noted above is with the Senior Pass discount. This is the "off the beaten path" campground in RMNP, somewhat less popular than Moraine Park, but just as nice. There's great views, a mixture of campsites/types; pull-throughs, back-ins, and tent sites. Some in the trees, some out in the open. We had a site that was a pull-through in D loop (D142), nestled in the trees but with an open view to the south. Will definitely keep this site in mind for future trips there. The restrooms (and there were numerous restroom buildings) were sparkling clean with flush toilets and sinks; seems a shame they don't include showers, but that doesn't detract from them, would just be a welcome addition. About the only thing that somewhat soured our visit was the very cranky "lady" that was selling firewood/ice, who made a very disparaging remark about us not having anything less than a $20 for the firewood; that was all the cash we had. She was really nasty about it, and when we go again, we will make sure to have something smaller so she won't be as cranky! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. The first important thing to note about this NPS campground is that Loop C is a no-generator zone. I thought I had checked this out but ended up with reservations in Loop C for three nights. We could have survived but preferred a site where we could use a generator. The generator hours are very specific but not a problem. The rangers in charge of the campground were wonderful in helping us find a site were we could use our generator. Our site was in Loop D, which is the most open of the loops. We were directly on the road and had to park our tow vehicle at overflow, but we had wonderful views of the mountains. Of course there are no hookups, but there is fresh water fill and a dump station. This campground is closest to Bear Lake and some great high-country hiking. It is not the best laid-out, nor the most beautiful campground, but it is quite pleasant. As noted, all of the rangers and volunteers were friendly and great to deal with. Its competition is Moraine Park Campground, only about 5 miles away. Glacier is often open when Moraine is full. We stayed at both and actually liked Glacier a lot. It is not as pretty or organized, but has a more wild alpine feel (it is at a higher elevation). In our site we were able to get satellite but many sites would have too many trees. We did not have Verizon phone or data. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Glacier Basin campground, paying $10/night with a Golden Age pass. We arrived shortly after 9:00 am on a Sunday morning, without a reservation, and were quickly escorted to a campsite for our 40' rig. At this time I think you can get in Glacier Basin w/o reservations, if you arrive early on days other than Friday and Saturday. It is difficult, but not impossible to get around the campground to your campsite in a big rig. Some going backwards and forwards is necessary, and you may get some scratches from the high overhanging branches. The campsites in the non-reserved sites are nice, with quite a few trees. I only give this campground an 8.0 because of the lack of hookups. You must boondock. And for the difficulty in getting a big rig to the campsite. But this is Rocky Mountain National park, one of the most spectacular of the National Parks, and a place that deals quite successfully with the hoards of visitors. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Glacier Basin Campground has been hit hard by the pine beetles, so a lot of the trees have been cut down. There is construction going on with some bath houses, so it's not the prettiest sites (be careful making a reservation--they let us move to a different site). Has good access to the Bear Lake trails and lots of wildlife to watch from camp. Rangers are very attentive and nice. Moraine Park seems to be in better shape in terms of preserved trees and more privacy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This review is for the Glacier Basin Campground. The National Park Service has allowed the pine bark beetle to destroy most of the forest in Rocky Mountain National Park. I mean MOST. Glacier Basin has been cut to remove dead trees and slash was left everywhere. There is no gathering of firewood and so the debris makes a horrible mess. The drive up the RMNP will look like Yellowstone did in the mid 80's very soon. This disaster has nothing to do with diseased or stressed trees. This is a beetle that attacks and destroys healthy trees. Do not be mislead by the pseudo experts. The scenery past the dying forest is still spectacular. We camped here for three days and anyone wanting to see the beauty of RMNP had better get there within the next two years. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped at Glacier Basin. We have a 40' RV and were able to squeeze in a spot with a bit of maneuvering. (The site was obviously designed with much smaller RV's in mind, though.) The sites were level, but cramped. Nicely equipped with a modern fire ring and level raised tent camp area on each site. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Glacier Basin, appears to be nicest campground there. We had a great view of the mountains from our site. However with that site across from the field came some good wind. We adjusted not really a big deal. No electric anywhere, but we knew that coming in. Only cold water in bathrooms, no showers, etc. However we knew that going in as well, and just showered in our camper. Was a nice place to stay and walked the dogs around with every night. Wow, the wildlife that comes into the campground is great to watch. Bear warnings up, but don't fret, doesn't seem to be a problem there, just follow the rules. Would I stay at this campground again. Yes I would, and it is very close to some great hiking. Also the vendor that comes in to sell ice and ice cream and wood was nice to have there in the evenings. Reasonable pricing on those items as well. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in Glacier Basin on the first weekend it opened for the season (late May),
although some other campgrounds in the park are open year round. Well laid out in heavily forested area, yet sites were level and clear of undergrowth. No hookups or showers, but fantastic views in a fantastic park. This is the place where they take all those photos you see in the camping ads. There are pay showers in Estes Park and the rangers can give you a map to the location. Campground does have very convenient dump station with water fill-up point and a vendor comes to sell firewood, ice, etc. a few hours each afternoon. You are in the mountains, so be prepared for cool temps--it snowed on Memorial Day. The park itself is loaded with wildlife--including a coyote that came trotting through the campsite. Bears, however, are evidently not a problem. Many scenic drives and hikes and well-done ranger programs. Would love to go back. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
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We camped in a popup in Glacier Basin. Fantastic! Sites are in a pine forest, clean and
smell great. Rangers were wonderful - multiple 1hr programs we all loved (learned about bats one night, cougars the next). No showers, cold water only in bathrooms, but they are clean. Moraine Park CG (54 sites) was more open and more crowded, but still very nice. Museum worth a visit. Free bus to Bear
Lake (wonderful area to hike). We'd go back again in a flash! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The rate reflects a 50% senior discount. This campground may be the most convenient for all activities on the east side of the park. It is a very large campground with little separation between the sites and not a lot of vegetation for privacy. However, many of the sites have spectacular views of the surrounding meadows and peaks. Loops A, C, and D are reservable during the high season. Loop B is always first-come, first-served. (At least as of this writing. These things change.) Generator use is not allowed in Loop D. Overall, generator hours are fairly limited, but enough to charge batteries. The interior roads and pads are gravel and it can be a bit dusty. We were there during prime pine pollen season, so almost everything was yellow from the pollen. There is only one dump station for the campground and it is also the primary fresh water fill station, so it can get quite crowded. The campground is nicely quiet and dark at night. In our site we were able to get satellite. We did not have reliable Verizon phone or data, only enough to send a text message or two. The campground is convenient to shopping and dining in Estes Park. There are trails that can be easily accessed from the campground. We were in Loop C and could easily get to great hiking trails to Cob Lake and Fern Falls and Lake. This campgrounds main "competitor" is Glacier, only a few miles away. We stayed at both and each has its advantages. Moraine seems more orderly and organized. Glacier seems a little less organized and a little more remote, despite the fact that is only about 5 miles from Moraine. We would stay at either campground again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great campground for visiting the east side of the park. Elk and deer came through at dusk and dawn most days. We got a walk-in site (Glacier Basin Campground was closed so they made Moraine loop B walk-in this year) and had a long level site. I knocked off 2 points for lack of any hook-ups, but truthfully it was worth dry camping for 4 days for the location of this campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you stay here, it is for the scenery and wildlife experiences; because it is dry camping. The big improvement over our stay 2 years ago is that we had decent Verizon cell & data. The sites are generous, although some are not too level. The restrooms are clean; however, no showers are available. Were were here in mid-Sept. and the elk were bugling every evening in the meadow. The only negative that comes to mind is the single dump station just before the CG exit. It can get crowded and there is no staging area; just park on the road and wait. You can fill up with water there; but I chose to bring mind in and avoid a conflict there at the dump. We would definitely stay here again in our 40 ft. MH We camped here in a Motorhome.
Stayed 1 night in Moraine campground. Nice back in site in B loop. Always love to stay in the park to catch the evening ranger talks. There are very few services in the park, and B loop only has pit toilets. Can catch the shuttle to other parts of the park as well. Firewood and ice available for sale. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in Moraine campground one night and Glacier Basin Campground 3 nights. Moraine is all reservations, but we got a site that had a cancellation. The shade trees here were good. Glacier is half reservation sites, which had very little shade as many trees were removed due to pine beetle infestation. We stayed in a first-come, first-serve site which was nicely shaded in Loop A. Elk wandered around in the campground. Hosts were friendly and on top of things. We plan to return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Moraine Park campground for four nights, and really enjoyed our stay. The elk were in rut and it was a very short drive to get to a spot for close-up photography (although there were often some inconsiderate people who blocked the roadway at times). We stayed in C loop, space 239, and the only problem was that the space was a pull-through with barely enough room for our travel trailer and pickup truck, which protruded into the roadway a foot or so. The reservation site had addressed the length of the travel trailer, so we thought we were OK, but it was a tight squeeze. But staying on the outside of this loop gave us a hillside location and we were able to watch and listen to some of the elk from the hillside, which really added to the overall wonderful experience. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed 2 nights in the Moraine Park Campground. Very convenient location. We visited at end of September and the elk rut in Moraine Park was within walking distance. Driving to Bear Lake and other attractions was a breeze. No hookups but the water supply and sewage dumps at the entrance worked well. Our site A140 was close to a clean restroom (no showers). Sites were reasonably spaced and we enjoyed our stay at this campground. Will return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Moraine Campground for 5 nights in space 59. Was a large site with plenty of shade. Has lots of room between you and your neighbors. Dumping and filling up fresh water was a breeze by the entrance to the campground. Very beautiful views. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We tent camped at Moraine, it is the perfect place to tent camp as well as in an RV. We saw lots of different sizes of campers fit into the sites. Looks like loop C was best suited for the bigger rigs. Loop D is tent and small pop-up with no generators. As noted previously, the Pine beatle has killed a lot of trees but new growth is coming fast. The scenery is just beautiful and well worth the effort to get here. This is camping as it should be with lots of hiking trails and raw nature. Will be back as soon as possible. We camped here in a Tent.
We stayed in the Moraine Park Campground. Nice wide level spaces with good views of the mountains. Easy to get around on park shuttles. Elk wander right through campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is our second year staying at Moraine Park campground, and we love it. No amenities, but the nice large sites and a real camping experience is a wonderful change from the typical RV park. We arrived the day after Labor Day with no reservation and were given site B224, a 40-foot back-in site. We were close to the entrance: made it easy to leave and go watch the elk down in the meadow, which was our main reason for staying in the park. We also had mule deer right across from our campsite. We would stay here again and plan to do so next year! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This review is for Moraine Campground. We liked this campground better than Glacier Basin 5 miles away. This place is very well maintained. The sites are clean and the trees are trimmed for easy maneuvering into the site. There are some sites long enough for 40-footers such as #245 where a 42-foot Beaver stayed for several days. There are several other sites for larger rigs but not too many will allow slide outs. The roads around the loops are fairly wide and well paved. About half the sites at Moraine have descent wind protection. Rangers, park employees and camp hosts drove the loops regularly making this campground in Rocky Mountain National Park a good and safe place to stay. I would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped at Moraine Park Campground (8160 ft). The campground is open year round. Reservations are available and highly recommended from late May to September 30. Camping fee $20/site/night during the reservation period. Water is on May 13-October 14, 2007. Fee after water is turned off is $14/site/night. This campsite was wonderful, firewood is available for a small fee ($5) and Ice Cream is available as well. We arrived during the bugling season for the elk (Sept-Oct)and it was amazing. Nice roads and wildlife all around (we had a group of elk within 30ft of the tent site for half a day). The site is beautiful with nice shade throughout any fairly quite. Additionally, the tent sites are not too close together. The site is fairly rustic, bring all necessary supplies or buy them before entering the park. We camped here in a Tent.
Still a nice campground even without the trees. The mountain pine beetles that have killed so many of the majestic tall straight pines trees in Colorado, have sadly struck here too. Over a couple years the various loops have been closed and the dead trees removed. The tallest trees left in the parking areas are at most 10-12 foot tall - but growing and healthy. During tree removal, it appears that the campground layout was changed to have fewer sites with more room between sites. I don't remember if the sites were asphalt before, but they are level. Most sites are back-in and available for tents or RVs, some sites are tent only set up for small groups, and some RV only sites are pull through. I enjoy ranger talks, but lightening cancelled the evening's program. On the nice night, a ranger gave a very informed and specific talk about geology of the tundra to the lower treed areas - very nice! Fortunately, the rainy night happened after the herd of at least a dozen female elk meandered through the campground with the lone male, and two babies. We watched for about an hour and one-half as the fire-rings provided an ash snack for the females. We will return. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a really fun place to camp. Elk come thru the campground daily and moose often graze near-by. The best way to find moose is get out on the road early in the morning. If you see cars stopping you can bet either moose or elk are near. There are many wonderful hiking trails near the campground. Grand Lake is just outside the gate. This side of the national park is not as congested as the Estes Park side so if avoiding crowds is high on your preference list Timber Creek is the place to be. Like most national parks the campgrounds are basic. No hookups or showers but there are flush toilets. Timber Creek was built for tents. With all the trees out, RVs can get into about 20 of the 98 sites. There are no reservations. According to the host the campground rarely fills but if you need more than 20 feet of pad you should have an alternate just in case. Mine was Sunset Point in the Arapaho National Forest--located between Granby and Grand Lake. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is dry camping, so no showers are available. I am rating an 8 based on this being a national park campground, not on hookup availability. A well designed dump station is at the entrance, along with a fresh water tank fill station. Water spigots, some threaded, some not, are located throughout the campground. The entire campground has been denuded of trees due to the pine beetle and the associated blue fungus. Sad to see how barren it is. However, the tree removal tradeoff is the great views of the nearby Never Summer Mountains. There are some pull through sites, but many are back in. Lots of tenters. Sites are well spaced apart, fire rings and tables at every site. Wildlife very abundant, including 12 elk in the campground, a moose, mule deer, and apparently every now and then a black bear will go through. Be careful of getting near moose, they are aggressive in this park. Walks to the Colorado River abound with animals and wildflowers. Rainy during our three day stay. I would suggest not leaving awnings open while hiking or driving to Alpine Visitor Center due to winds. Bring a coat. In July, morning temps were in the upper 30s every day. Tenters frequent the bathrooms. If you are in a camper, plan to use your own because by day's end, the bathrooms are beginning to show use. No cell phone coverage here, must drive to Grand Lake Village for phone coverage. Internet available at Grand Lake Village library for free. Evening program on the only night we went was boring, but the amphitheater is state-of-the-art. We would camp here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Virtually every tree in the campground was killed by the pine beetle and has been cut down. So, the campground is pretty open. The lack of trees makes solar work well! That aside, the surroundings are very nice, with daily sitings of moose and elk. The roads have been re-paved and they were installing new picnic tables while we were here. There are limited RV sites, with an appropriate limit of 30' on length. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This was a great campground for seeing Rocky Mountain National Park. The west side of the park is much less crowded than the east side and even on Labor Day weekend the place was not chaotic. No hook-ups or showers, level sites, great shade, lots of trees; some road noise in the sites near Hwy 34 but lots of wildlife and beautiful views. Most sites were large enough for our 30 ft class A but did not see any that would accommodate anything larger than about 36 ft. Dump station was situated well enough but the tree branches on each side of the road could not be totally avoided. We would certainly stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.