|Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park|
Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is permitted only in designated campgrounds. There are 6 drive-in campgrounds that provide almost 600 campsites, with most accepting reservations. Reservations for summer camping in Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Aspenglen can be made up to six months in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online through the National Reservation System.
The park also has one group campground at Glacier Basin, which has 13 sites that can accommodate groups of 9 to 40 people.
Two other campgrounds, Longs Peak and Timber Creek, are available on a first come, first serve basis. Located on the west side of the Divide, Timber Creek is also the only campground that's open all year round.
* Aspenglen Campground (8200 feet): 54 sites
* Glacier Basin Campground (8500 feet): 150 sites
* Glacier Basin Group Sites (8500 feet): 13 sites
* Longs Peak Campground (9500 feet): 26 sites
* Moraine Park Campground (8160 feet): 245 sites
* Timber Creek Campground (8900 feet): 98 sites
For more information on each of Rocky Mountain's campgrounds, including locator maps, please click here.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker's paradise, and ranks as one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the National Park System. There are roughly 180 backcountry campgrounds that contain between 1 and 9 campsites. There are also opportunities for camping in "cross-country areas", which are located in the least traveled and least accessible areas of Rocky Mountain National Park. With its free shuttle system in the Moraine Park and Bear Lake Road area, backpackers may also want to note that there are numerous one-way backpacking trips that can be created.
To camp in Rocky Mountain's backcountry you will need a permit, which can be obtained at the Beaver Meadows Visitors Center Backcountry Office or at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center.
In order to minimize impacts on the park's resources the number of permits issued is limited. Backpackers can obtain day-of-trip permits in person year round. You may also make reservations by mail or in person any time after March 1st for a permit for that calendar year. You may also make reservations by phone from March 1st to May 15th, and any time after October 1st for a permit for that calendar year. For more information please call the backcountry office at 970-586-1242, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the park's online Backcountry Camping Guide.
The Backcountry Camping Guide contains additional information on how to plan a trip, obtain a backcountry/wilderness permit, use the trails, set up camp, hike in a cross-country area, and care for the backcountry/wilderness. It also details the range of opportunities for camping in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park: designated sites (individual and group), stock sites, cross-country areas, bivouac areas (for technical climbers only) and winter areas.
To purchase the National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for Rocky Mountain National Park, please click here.