35 RV Parks near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
May 2017 - $13.00
Typical NPS campground. Beautiful area but no electrical. Very popular. Campground is located on the east side of Rocky Mtn National Park, near Estes Park, just past the entrance station. Asphalt road and pad, even pad but slightly sloped. Most pads seemed sloped or short or both. No Verizon connection. No dump station at the campground, but we were able to use the dump station at other campgrounds (e.g., Moraine CG, which is deeper inside the park but still accessible from the west side without going over the Trail Ridge Road). - OlderGoat
Aug 2014 - $20.00
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. - DennisA
Sep 2016 - $12.00
Everything there was very nice. Cannot suggest any improvements, except there was so much traffic looking at the Elk, they wouldn't let one of our friends into our campsite for dinner. I guess it's understandable. - Charlotte Mountz
Sep 2016 - $26.00
We stayed in Loop B, which only has vault toilets, but they were very clean and use an exhaust system to handle odors. They were always stocked with hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Our site was close to another on one side but we still had lots of room for our awning. Elk were in rut and bugling, lots of cool photography opportunities. Staff was helpful and friendly. We plan to stay there again next fall! We used a 100 watt solar panel for our electric needs and it was more than enough. Generator hours are enforced, which we appreciated. Firewood and ice cream were available nightly near the entrance to the campground. - Treblemaker2
Sep 2016 - $13.00
We were looking for any campground within RMNP that could serve as a base for exploring the park and hiking. We're self contained and don't use the facilities. We stayed on weeknights in early September.
This is a beautiful campground! The campsites are a bit funky, aligned differently where parking spaces are separated from tables, fire rings and pads, sometimes by trails/steps. However, the sites are arranged so that most maximize the view. We think the best views are from Loop C, although there are no bad views in this park. There's a wide variety of sites - full sun, shady, back-in, pull-over, large, small, etc. The sites have no hookups, water and dump are available near the entrance. There's no wifi. Some sites have usable Verizon and ATT coverage. - dsvt
Jul 2016 - $13.00
We definitely miss the trees but this is a natural process and an example of how a forest regrows from a meadow. Elk frequent the campground in the mornings and evenings. Moose and bear can be seen nearby. The standard rate of $26 seems high for dry camping. There is a posted 30' RV length limit. Most sites are designed for tents or small camper vehicles. All sites are 1st come 1st serve and the campground fills often by mid-afternoon. 8900' elevation in Kauwanechee Valley often sees 40 degree overnight temps in July. Interior roads and parking are all asphalt. Tent pads at each site. - Trailbuddy
Sep 2015 - $20.00
No trees -- beetles killed them all. Not pretty, and there was little privacy between sites. But views of surrounding mountains were very good as a result, and stars at night were great for the same reason. - Prof Dan
Aug 2013 - $20.00
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. - AluminumCloud
Aug 2017 - $12.00
There are a large number of sites here but they are NOT designed for a big rig, nor do they advertise them as such. In fact, they state 35 foot maximum and I think that's pretty accurate. They have a couple of loops in the trees and a couple out in the open. They also have a tent area for groups. The park is all dry camping but they do have water and a dump station so it's not a problem to stay here with a rig that will fit. The park is right across the road from the transportation center and I would STRONGLY recommend taking advantage of the FREE transportation throughout the park, including into Estes Park. This is a great place to stay in to tour the Rocky Mountain National Park. They have ranger programs almost every night which are geared largely for the kids but are great. There ARE bears here so PROPER food storage is very important. If it rains, some sites can get pretty "wet". Be aware and position your rig appropriately. - 1998 Ultrasport
Aug 2016 - $13.00
We were fortunate and obtained a pull through site on loop A, site 001 at Glacier Basin Campground on short notice. Reservations are strongly suggested. Site was wooded, level and adequate for our RV. I did not like the large boulders that bordered either side of the pull through site.
Many sites in this loop were pull-over type and the pull-in sites were angled the wrong way. Sites do not have hook-ups. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grate and tent pad. Roads and parking spurs are paved.
Restrooms have flush toilets and there is drinking water available. Bear proof trash containers are centrally located. This is bear country and there are lockers for food stuffs located between sites, if not stored inside camper. Though there is no fire ban, campers are required to attend their fire at all times. Fire wood is available from a vendor who comes to the campground and sells a bundle of wood for $5.00.
There is free shuttle service, through out the park and worth using, instead of driving yourself. There is a bus stop located inside the campground. Scenery is spectacular with an abundance of wildlife (deer, elk and even an occasionally moose), did not see any bear. We have an America the Beautiful Senior Age Pass and paid $13.00 for our campsite and no entry fee to the park. We would return to Rocky Mountain NP. - Viarivoli
Sep 2015 - $10.00
Great National Park campground, no hookups or showers,but there is a dump station and water fill. Our site, A18, was a fairly level pull through, however to put your door & awning on the correct side, you will have to go in the wrong direction, which was no real problem, as everyone on the inside of the loop did the same. Site was a little close with the trees on both sides but we had enough room to extend the slides and awning. At least A&B loops still have trees, the trees in rest of the loops have been removed, due to beetle infestation. There is a picnic table & fire ring at each site.
Fire wood & Ice available at the campground. The wildlife in the park are awesome, including the elk in the campground, if you drive your car, be ready for delays of folks watching the animals.
There is a shuttle system that takes you to some parts of the park.
Our rate is with the Senior Pass, we would absolutely stay here again. - bukhrn
Sep 2017 - $71.00
First off, this is Estes Park. The rates are ridiculously high outside the park, but that is where you will have to go if you want any kind of hook-up. Second, all the parks are showing their age. Most are gravel parking lots. This park was good for what we used it for. A place to park the Motorhome with hook-ups and stay warm in the fall. The sites are pretty tight and there is not a lot of aesthetics. We had a river site, which I recommend, as they have more space. It is tight getting in and out, but doable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. All the facilities are dated and showing their age, but the wi-fi was pretty good for basic stuff and the cell reception with Verizon was fine. You will probably need block to level your camper, depending on the site. If you compare this to RV parks in general, it is old but functional. If you compare it to what is available in Estes Park, this is probably one of the better ones. The location is perfect for RMNP. - Magnum34
Sep 2017 - $59.00
Needs updating. Too much mixture of permanent residence and campers. We were wedged in between two residents. Staff messed up our reservations, but thankfully it was resolved, especially since it was over the Labor Day weekend. Bathroom and showers okay, but no dressing or changing area. Good location to Rocky Mt. National Park. Okay if just staying 1 or 2 days. - Hawaii50
Aug 2017 - $59.00
The staff at the park were helpful and nice. The park is very old and in need of renovation. The sites are very tight. We had only 9 feet from our trailer to the slide out of the motor home next to us. Couldn't use the picnic table because the slide on the neighbors rig was even with the bench. The sites are not well kept and the sewer system needs to be renovated. During rain the sewer connection is underwater. This park could be nice but they need to reduce the number of sites to give more room to today's RVs with slides. For the price you pay this park is not worth it. - JohnPD
Aug 2017 - $65.00
First Impression: CG has an average roadside appearance but you immediately see a bunch of packed RVs upon entry. Entrance road seriously potholed. Safety: No concerns. Access: Into Estes Park, follow route US-36 through town, heading west towards the Rocky Mtn Natl Park then left onto Mary's Lake Road. Signs easy to see. Garmin GPS was accurate. Office: Friendly staff, token store with snacks and a very few RV items. Credit cards accepted. Online reservations available. Good Sam discount. Facilities: Nice pool (unheated), small, residential style hot tub, no fitness room or rec center. Large, clean, laundry room. Nice, clean restrooms with good fixtures and large, private showers (score "A"). Propane sales. Nice playground. Dog walk area but no off-leash dog run. Attractive mini-golf course. Campground: A rushing river borders the CG which could flood. No storm shelter. Some trees border the CG; none inside. Interior roads are narrow, rutted dirt with "be careful" turns; no overhead obstacles. Big rig and long coach challenging but do-able. No tent area or yurts but cabins are available. Sites are 10-20' apart where you park your toad/tow, level, dirt/gravel/grass, ALL BACK-IN, grass between. Utilities at rear of site with FHU-20/30/50; no meters. Low water pressure with good taste. Sewer pipe is 4" unthreaded, ranging from below ground level to about 4" above. No patios; very nice, plastic picnic tables. Open fires not permitted but grills are okay. Good satellite views. Free cable TV. Free Wi-Fi when it worked; weak coverage; no bandwidth, pages couldn't load. Verizon phone and 4G at 4 bars, but pages had problems loading here, also (too many people, too few towers?). No recycle bins. Noise: No railroad, aircraft, traffic, or interstate noise. Bug Report (early August): no insects. Runners: CG roads marginal for running but sloppy mud after rain. Yoga: grass between sites okay for your mat. Conclusion: Score 5-Acceptable, overpriced. - StephenK
Jul 2017 - $66.00
The campground is just on the west side of town with beautiful views of the mountains. The road in is wide, once inside the park some of the turns are tight. There are over 100 sites with various hook ups. The sites are back-in and wide but fairly short, we saw a number of people having difficulties backing into some of the sites. There is a picnic table and ours had full hook-ups, 50 amp and good water pressure. There is a pool, fishing pond, swimming pool and a play ground. The WiFi did not work at all even though the signal pole was at the back of our RV. Our Verizon signal was strong and our MiFi worked well. We stayed July 3-July 10, 2017 and paid $66.49 a night, with our Good Sam discount, the highest we have ever paid. - BarrettsHappyTrails
Jul 2017 - $59.00
This park is very conveniently located to Rocky Mountain park and the scenery around it is beautiful. We had two big complaints. The spaces are very tight and not angled. An employee tried to help us back in and it was virtually impossible. He ended up advising is to pull through someone else's spot behind us to get in. Glad they were gone :/. The close proximity to the other campers also ruined the beauty of the surroundings. Not much point in being somewhere beautiful if every where you look you are looking into someone's else's camper. The biggest complaint is that the dump line at our site was almost full. When we tried to dump our water it filled up and started to overflow. Ended up having to drive 9 hrs with our tanks full to our next stop because there was no one in the office to assist us. Unfortunately the other parks in the area didn't look much different but we would definetly try another if we return. - Txboormans
Aug 2017 - $59.00
This campground's location near Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are what drives the price for staying here. We had read previous members' comments, so we were not surprised by the tight quarters. We knew we would be off the grounds the majority of our stay, so the spacing was not a major concern on this trip. We would stay here again under similar circumstances. Since we were in an RV site, we did not hear a lot of road noise, but if you are staying in a tent, you will hear traffic. Staff was very friendly and helpful, the train for kids was cute, and they offer breakfast and ice cream socials as well as a shuttle, which we did not use. There is so much to do in the area, so if you don't plan on hanging out at the campground you will be fine. Parking can be an issue - we parked in an empty site beside us the first night, thanks to the staff member telling us it would be unoccupied. The next night we had to ask our neighbor if we could back in in front of them, and they graciously agreed. - HelenEllen
Jul 2017 - $36.00
Sardines comes to mind. Spacing between units was extremely close. Parking was almost impossible for towed vehicle. there was always a concern my tow car might get hit by another vehicle coming through. - Allen Cartee
Jun 2017 - $38.00
This was a rather small KOA. We were welcomed when we arrived and escorted to our site. Staff was very friendly. Bathrooms and showers were older looking but very clean. Sites were gravel but most were flat. Roads are very narrow and not easy to negotiate. Sites were small and very close together. Park is not big rig friendly. Luckily we have a class b so not a problem for us. But if we still had our 45' DP it would have been a different story.
One nice thing is that there is a free shuttle service that picks up right at the KOA. You can ride the shuttles right down town or even up into Rocky Mountain National Park. - JHooper
Sep 2017 - $66.00
This park has a strict no-refund policy which it enforces without exception for everyone. Be sure to ask for the bathroom code as they forgot to tell us. Toilet was quite dirty and soap was out. Roads were very dry and conditions very dusty. Many lots are very very close together, did see elk across the street. Signage for the exit is not pronounced and the parking at entry to check in is extremely minimal with restrictions from no parking signs. Beware that your agreement to their no-refund policy implies that you agree with their policies as a whole. This includes not only the many listed on their website but over a dozen more added in the brochure map they give you at check in. This lengthy list includes that they are free to add new policies at will. There is a quiet time policy rule for the park, but the night we were there they had a band which was playing loudly after quiet hours (they can choose to follow their rules or not) and our kids had trouble going to sleep. Parking for our site was so close to our neighbor that we couldn't have opened our doors when their vehicle doors were open or they would have hit. - ChristiT
Sep 2017 - $60.00
Long wide sites. Site was level. Full hookups and everything worked great. Have stayed here before and will do so again. - Lakewood
Sep 2017 - $65.00
Now I know why this park requires a fifty percent non-refundable deposit when making a reservation. If they required a one day deposit like most other parks, a lot of people would give up their deposit and go elsewhere, including me.
If rough, rutted, dirty dusty roads, very narrow unlevel sites with nothing but weeds between sites is what you are looking for then this is the place for you. It's built into a hillside, the sites bulldozed out with absolutely no improvements or maintaince at all, and they don't seem to care. Don't go by the pictures on their website, it's a lot worse than the pictures. I had to take my dogs out of the park to do their duties because they wouldn't even walk on what they call grass because there isn't any and their dog run is just as bad as the rest of the park.
No charcoal grills allowed which makes no sense since not 25 yards away the tent campers can have an open fire. They will tell you it's because of the smoke from the grill but the last time I looked campfires made smoke too.
We have been camping for 40 years and full timing for the past three and this is the second worst park that we have ever seen. It is way overpriced and if it wasn't one mile from the national park it would either have to make improvements or would be out of business. Calling this park a resort is a joke. I would stay 50 miles away before I would stay at this park again. Just a horrible park. - Linda Allan
Jul 2015 - $59.00
The $59 daily rate includes tax for a week's stay. We were really looking forward to this campground. The website certainly indicates a lovely place to stay along the river. First of all, the entrance off Route 66 is a steep one-lane drive, so be prepared. The campground is not very large and it is very congested, so when you get to the bottom of the drive, stop before you go any further. The people who work here are very nice. We were put in site 1, which backs up to the river. We are a 36' motorhome and our back end hung over the river when our front end was in place. Our neighboring travel trailer had to bring in his awning in order for our slide to open. We were lined up in a row with barely any space on either side. We had a cabin on the other side of us. If you enjoy space to spread out, do not come here. There were not many ratings for this park, probably because most of the sites are used by seasonal people. We did get a strong Verizon signal at this campground. Estes Park is a cute town but very congested also in the summer. We would not recommend or come back to this campground, mostly due to the incredibly tight site spacing. - dbcordello
Aug 2014 - $53.00
We chose this park because of the reviews, which are accurate. It's small, crowded, and along a creek, which is only a plus is you are parked by it. The folks in the office are terrific and helpful. The place is pristine clean. Although the location, just outside the national park, is very convenient it is very difficult to get here. We came in from Loveland up 30 miles of winding steep two lane road. Traffic in Estes Park this Labor Day weekend was horrific. Finally, the directions to Paradise are difficult to follow and the street signs in town difficult to read. A tip - come all the way through Estes Park on route 36. Continue all the way out of town almost to the park entrance and go left on CO Route 66. Continue 1/4 mile and left into the driveway, where you will be met by a nice gentleman who will help you squeeze your RV into your space. - Doogiesmom
Jun 2014 - $48.00
Very well maintained campsites with deck and picnic table at each campsite. Very friendly staff and immaculately maintained bathroom, shower and the laundry room. Very reasonable to do laundry at $1.25 to wash and $1 to dry. Additional cost of $3.50 per day is charged for cable hook-up. Stream current is too fast to do any fishing but the sound is very soothing. Entry to and exit from the property was guided by the staff because of the extremely narrow road and the campsites. - gartail
Sep 2017 - $40.00
We made reservations here in spite of some not-too-great reviews, because the Estes Park Campground at East Portal was full. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the bathrooms and showers are kept clean. The showers are $2 for 6 minutes, which is plenty of time for most people, and the hot water was plentiful. Our site had electric and water hook ups and was one of the sites surrounding a dirt and gravel lot. Unfortunately, when the wind blew, which it did with a vengeance, dust blows! Even with the windows and door closed, our RV was full of dust. There were a couple sites below a small hill that many have been better sheltered from the dust, but the campground needs to be at least covered with gravel or paved. Perhaps there are plans to do that, as the lot looked somewhat like a work in progress. The full hook-up sites were gravel with cement patios but no trees at all. Tent sites were more shaded. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit. The location is great - easy to get to town and Rocky Mt. National Park. There are views of the mountains. There is no WiFi here, but the WiFi was good at the Estes Park Visitor Center. - Eldereaglewatchers
Sep 2017 - $60.00
We missed the turn off because it is not well marked. By the time we saw it we were too late to turn in. Our 5th wheel is 32' and our site was a back in for a 35'. It was an extremely hard back in. There was a drop off in front of many sites, ours included. I doubt a bigger unit would fit. We did not enjoy this campground and will not be returning. - Bax
Jul 2017 - $50.00
Mixed feelings on this campground. First, we found all of the campgrounds in Estes Park to be expensive; this park was no exception. We stayed in a 50amp pull-through site. They had two rows of pull-through sites, probably a total of 20-30 sites in those two rows. We would stay in a pull-through site again however, the back-in sites had zero privacy, so we would not stay in one of those. The pull through sites are gravel with a cement patio, a nice fire pit and a large picnic table. Decent space between sites. No cable. The tent sites looked pretty rough. Amenities: Nice, but very small, pool. Nice playground area for the kids. Bathhouse was very clean. They do charge for showers ($2 for 6 minutes)....that was a new one for us, but we figured that they do this, as so many dry camp in the area and probably come on property, to use the showers. We had no problem with the roads into the campground, fit just fine pulling our 40' fifth wheel. - atlantafamilyof4