Disconnect from technology and connect with nature. Turn off the TV and sleep under the stars. Put away the cell phone and listen to the quiet of nature. Camp in the Rockies. There’s no app for that.
Estes Park Campgrounds
There are campgrounds in and around Estes Park. Reserve your site up to 180 days in advance at www.reserveamerica.com or at (800) 964-7806.
- East Portal Campground is west past the YMCA of the Rockies at the end of Tunnel Road.
- Marys Lake Campground is on the outskirts of Estes Park a stone’s throw from Marys Lake at the intersection of Peak View and Marys Lake Road.
- Hermit Park is approximately two miles southeast of Estes Park off Hwy 36 and features cabins, RV and tent camping, special events, pavilion, hiking trails, wetlands, horseback riding and mountain biking.
- Jellystone Park of Estes is private campground located five miles east of Estes Park on Hwy 36. In addition to tent sites and full hook-ups with water and electricity for RVs up to 40 feet long, Jellystone has rental cabins, mini-golf, two playgrounds, a basketball court, an outdoor heated salt water pool, planned activities, dances, movie nights, horseshoe pits and breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park
Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is very popular, so reserve your summer site six months to one day in advance at www.recreation.gov or by calling toll-free (877) 444-6777. There is no electric, sewer or water hook-ups. Campground limits are seven nights total.
- Aspenglen Campground (8,200ft) just west of the Fall River entrance station.
- Moraine Park Campground (8,160ft), above the meadows of Moraine Park on Bear Lake Road approximately two and a half miles south of Beaver Meadows entrance station.
- Glacier Basin Campground (8,500ft), on Bear Lake Road. The mountain pine beetle outbreak resulted in the removal of most trees in the C and D Loops, opening up mountain views.
- Longs Peak Campground (9,405ft), about nine miles south of Estes Park off Colorado Hwy 7. The trailhead to Longs Peak and other destinations is nearby.
- Timber Creek Campground (8,900ft), on the west side of the park about eight miles north of Kawuneeche Visitor Center. There is no shade at this campground because of the mountain pine beetle outbreak.
Camping in the backcountry is a great way to get away from it all. The online Backcountry Camping Guide of the National Park Service contains information on permits, trails, camping and hiking. Contact the backcountry office at (970) 586-1242.
Whether it’s an isolated campsite in the backcountry or an RV hook-up near town, Estes Park has that special outdoor experience for you. And don’t forget to be a good camper and following camping etiquette!Tags: What to Do