31 Parks near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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 - $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 - $12.00
Trailer sites are small. We had a 40 ft site which our 32 ft fifth wheel barely fit. Our site was a pull along which meant our slideouts were at the edge of the road. Weird generator hours. For us just too many folks to close together. We could not use our fire ring as it was downhill and our chairs wouldn't stay up. - TEXASBOY
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 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
Jun 2015 - $10.00
This campground is located across the valley from the Transit Center on Bear Lake Road on the east side of the RMNP. This makes it very convenient to access all park sites and trail heads on the east side using the shuttle service, which stops every half-hour right in the campground. We choose loop C because it still has tree cover. The rangers were so helpful and the evening programs they put on were very well done. The restrooms were immaculate. - SideBySiders
Aug 2016 - $51.00
This campground is located close to downtown and Rocky Mountain National Park. The sites were very close together, and hard to get into. The staff was great, and someone helped get you in your site. - J and I Franklin
Jul 2016 - $55.00
Staff were helpful and friendly. We stayed in a back in site on the river. It was very nice. The interior sites looked to be a little cramped for motorhomes and large 5th wheels. - osuallen
Jun 2016 - $59.00
The folks running this park are very nice and cordial. I was escorted to my level site. Everything worked as well as the wi-fi. I thought them to be high priced. For that money I would expect my pad to be at least swept. I had to sign a form that said if I smoked legal pot on their property they would evict me. That sucks. I won't be back to this park again when I return to Estes Park for more great fly fishing. - maninthewoods
Sep 2016 - $59.00
Park was nice and had great views of the Rockies. Sites were somewhat close but not too bad. We had great weather so gravel roads and pads weren't an issue but that could be a problem with rain. Really, our only issue was the WiFi. Intermittent at best. Would be nice if more trees were planted around. - Bev C
Aug 2016 - $55.00
No grass or rock, mostly fine dirt, which makes it impossible to keep it out of your rig. It is located at 7500 ft. so if altitude bothers you not the place to visit. The campground looks like a parking lot with no pull-throughs and units close together and very few trees. They guide you to your site and pick up trash twice a day which is nice. All of the hookups worked. The lake looks nice saw kids fishing but no fish. Estes Park and Rocky Mtn. N.P. where very busy and filled with tourists. If you can visit in the spring or fall it would be better. Would look for a different campground next time. - sjones
Jul 2016 - $56.00
Very nice staff, helpful to get you into each site easily, we had a back-in but the host moved a picnic table so we could pull through. Beautiful spot on the river, great mountain view. Not many shaded spots where we were, but the sounds of the stream were very peaceful. Trash pick up twice a day due to bear activity, close to downtown for attractions. - Jojo1977
Sep 2016 - $42.00
We were able to get a site on short notice, very kind and helpful staff! Sites were a little close and we couldn't use our awning, no big deal for a one night stay. We only used water and electric. Dump station easy to get to, although we had to drive up on a board to get our camper high enough to use it. Park Showers get busy by 8am so plan accordingly. Nice location as far as getting groceries and shopping in Estes Park, and great views of the mountains. - Treblemaker2
Sep 2016 - $42.00
Sites were very close together; no room for canopy from our camper. Expected Estes-Park amenities (trees, park feeling, etc.) but there were none. - BShearer
Jul 2016 - $54.00
Very nice location with great view of the mountains. Sites were a little close. All gravel and a bit dusty. - GlennS
Sep 2016 - $65.00
We stayed here 2 nights in Sept 2016. We came in after the office was closed and chose one after looking at the options. Unfortunately, we chose one that was rented the next night, so we had to move. My bad for not noticing. The after-hours process was very clear and easy.
The good: Location, clean bathrooms, modern laundry facilities, Great views - 360º with mountains and beautiful sunsets. Easy to get around the park and into most sites. Several sites that are suitable for big rigs or RV's with toads. Pull-throughs and back-ins. Satellite friendly at many sites.
The bad: Laundry room hours NOT convenient for everyone...esp if you tour around during the day as doors only unlocked between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. (last load must be started by 6:30). We don't usually do laundry, but we got there after hours and after dinner, we found out we missed the window. We really needed to do laundry and our last option was our final day/night. We didn't want to stay around until almost 11 a.m. since we were going to RM N.P., so planned on it our last night. Unfortunately, the water to the whole park was off when we returned due to it being repaired. Once the water was back on, the girl who answered the emergency phone was nice enough to come unlock the doors, even though it was after hours. Sites are dusty and not very level, but we survived. The utilities are oddly spaced at some sites. The sewer was a problem at our 2nd site as it was in an odd spot and we had to park just right so everything would reach. The bigger issue is one I've never encountered-the opening faced sideways rather that up towards the sky, and our hose had a hard time staying inside. Thankfully, we only used it to dump gray water.
I don't think we'd seek this place out next time we're in the area, but would stay here again if other choices were full. It has its merits, but needs some TLC to be a really great park. I would want to choose my site though. - maryotx
Sep 2016 - $70.00
Elk Meadows is a large park with dirt roads and sparse grass...dusty when the wind is blowing or when traffic is driving past. You will need to keep your windows closed to avoid getting dust everywhere. My rate included an extra person and extra vehicle (towing a trailer, wife driving our jeep). If I wanted to take the motorcycles out of the trailer for a ride I would have to pay $5/day for each bike as well. - FOSJ
Sep 2016 - $66.00
There's no reason to consider Elk Meadow RV Park except its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park. As prior reviews report, the roads are dusty, the pads are dirt with no patios. In fact, our parking space picnic table was unusable due to the steep slope. The old, weathered picnic table was unattractive and splinters were a real danger. Did I mention dusty?
But worst of all was the pathetic wifi speeds. There are adequate wifi repeaters in the park and signal strength was good but the speed was completely inadequate even when the park was less than 50% full (less than 1Mbps). But Saturday night when the park was nearly full, the internet speed dropped to nearly zero and was unusable for even email.
The owners of this park are clearly not interested in improvements/investments, and there are many opportunities for improvement. This was our first and last visit. - PhilB
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 2016 - $40.00
Nice park, clean warm pool. Near state park. - tdwms
Aug 2016 - $49.00
First off I missed the turn into the campground as it is poorly marked after you make the turn off the main road. Roads are dirt. The patio at my site was covered with mud that had run down from the site behind and above mine. Had to share the water faucet with a neighbor. However, some sites have new gravel.
As with most things: Estes Park in the summer the CG is expensive. - jnateg
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Now operated by Estes Park, with lots of improvements. Full hookup sites were level and well positioned. Staff very friendly and helpful. New restrooms near full hookups were great.
Rather windy location, but definitely less expensive than other RV campgrounds. - Hornman