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.