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12 Top-Rated Campsites Near Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-visit attraction in the state of Colorado. With plenty of campers flocking to the park every summer, there are a number of great campsites to choose from, including RV sites and backcountry sites too. There is no better way to enjoy the natural wildlife, mountain scenery, and gorgeous Colorado weather than a stay at one of these top-rated campsites near Rocky Mountain National Park.

Timber Creek Campground - Grand Lake Timber Creek Campground
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Timber Creek Campground - Grand Lake

For travelers heading to Rocky Mountain National Park from the west side near Grand Lake, Timber Creek Campground is a great camping option. Found along the Colorado River, this summertime campground sits in the Kawuneeche Valley surrounded by views of tree-covered mountains. Timber Creek Campground is home to 98 campsites, including RV and tent sites. There is no reservation system to stay here, as the sites are first-come, first-serve. This top-rated campsite has plenty of amenities, like an RV dump station, an amphitheater for ranger talks, firewood for sale, and of course running water and restrooms. With plenty of hiking trails easily accessible from the campground, Timber Creek Campground is a true gem.

Longs Peak Campground - Estes Park Longs Peak Campground
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Longs Peak Campground - Estes Park

Found at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 14,000-foot mountain, Longs Peak Campground is a popular option for hikers wanting to make the trek up this impressive peak. The campground here is a tents-only campground with 26 sites. Longs Peak Trailhead is a short walk from the campground. This particular trailhead offers a scenic hike to Chasm Lake, Peacock Pool, and of course Longs Peak. This Rocky Mountain campground may not have as many amenities as other campgrounds on this list; however, tent campers can still expect potable water, vault toilets, picnic tables, and bear boxes.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park - Estes Park Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park - Estes Park

This family-friendly campground in Estes Park is not only in a gorgeous mountain setting but also has fun amenities that will keep every member of the family entertained. Stay in a campsite, RV, or cabin at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. During the summer months, Jellystone Park hosts themed weekends along with a complete activity schedule featuring activities like bingo, outdoor movie nights, karaoke, crafts, and more. This campground is also home to a heated swimming pool, mini-golf course, and game room.

Moraine Park Campground - Estes Park Moraine Park Campground
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Moraine Park Campground - Estes Park

Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, Moraine Park Campground offers camping spots year-round. Travelers who stayed at this campground rave about its spacious spots, frequent wildlife sightings, and stunning views of the grassy meadows of Moraine Park. To snag a coveted spot at this popular campground during the peak summer season, make a reservation online. Both tent campers and RVers will be pleased with a stay at Moraine Park Campground. Complete with flush toilets, drinking water spigots, a dish-washing station, and solar-shower stalls, this campground offers plenty of amenities, as well as an ideal base location for campers wanting to explore different areas of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Glacier Basin Campground - Estes Park Glacier Basin Campground
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Glacier Basin Campground - Estes Park

With 151 campsites, Glacier Basin Campground is a popular camping option in Rocky Mountain National Park. Tent sites, group sites, and RV sites without hookups are found here. Some of the campsites here are tucked away in the pines, while other sites are out in the open and offer views of the surrounding mountains. A bathroom with flush toilets, firewood for sale, picnic tables at each site, and food storage boxes are the main amenities at this summer campground. There is a trailhead at Glacier Basin Campground that leads to an easy trek to Sprague Lake.

Aspenglen Campground - Estes Park Aspenglen Campground
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Aspenglen Campground - Estes Park

Tent sites, RV sites, and walk-in sites are found at this campground at the Fall River entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. With sites scattered among Douglas firs, Lodgepole pines, and Ponderosa pines, Aspenglen Campground offers plenty of shady spots. Six of the 53 spots here are walk-in spots along Fall River, which are perfect for campers wanting a more private campsite. This seasonal campground in Rocky Mountain National Park has flush toilets and drinking water.

Fern Lake Campsite - Estes Park Fern Lake
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Fern Lake Campsite - Estes Park

Backcountry campers looking for a wooded, secluded place to camp in the Rockies will enjoy the campsites at Fern Lake. These campsites are not accessible by car, therefore you’ll have to strap on your backpack full of gear to enjoy a night at Fern Lake Campsite. With only three campsites and one group site, this campground offers a more private camping experience compared to the larger campgrounds in the park. There are two vault toilets at Fern Lake. Remember to retrieve a backcountry permit before overnight camping here.

Estes Park KOA Holiday - Estes Park Estes Park KOA Holiday
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Estes Park KOA Holiday - Estes Park

RVers will find all the amenities they need at Estes Park KOA Holiday. This campground is truly suited for RVs and trailers, however, there are tent sites and cabins here too. With a location only five miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, this KOA campground is conveniently located to both the park and the town of Estes Park, making it a great spot for travelers wanting to explore both attractions. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary marshmallow roasts, and onsite showers and laundry facilities make for a pleasant camping experience at Estes Park KOA Holiday.

Estes Park Campground at East Portal - Estes Park Estes Park Campground at East Portal
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Estes Park Campground at East Portal - Estes Park

Estes Park Campground at East Portal is a seasonal campsite located just west of Estes Park. Tent campers and campers with small RVs and trailers will all find an ideal spot among one of the 66 sites in this heavily shaded campground. Wildlife enthusiasts should keep a lookout for elk and deer, as both are regular visitors here. This campground offers RV hookups, hot showers, drinking water, flush toilets, and even a playground.

Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake - Estes Park Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake
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Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake - Estes Park

The views from this Estes Park campground are exactly what keeps visitors coming back to this 128-site campground. At the base of Twin Sisters Peaks and adjacent to Marys Lake, Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake is one of the most picturesque campgrounds on this list. Fish in Marys Lake, take a dip in the heated swimming pool or take a short drive to explore Estes Park’s Riverwalk or Rocky Mountain National Park. No matter if you have an RV or a tent, Estes Park Campground at Marys Lake will make a great home base for your Colorado camping trip.

Manor RV Park - Estes Park Manor RV Park
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Manor RV Park - Estes Park

RV campers in search of a picturesque campground in Estes Park will find breathtaking Colorado views from Manor RV Park. Panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and forest-laden hills pair perfectly with the rushing water of the Big Thompson River found right on the property. Both nature and comfort are found here. If you do pry yourself away from the campground, Manor RV Park is a short distance from both Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary Saturday breakfasts, a playground, and laundry facilities are the top amenities found at this RV-only campground.

Hermits Hollow Campground - Estes Park Hermits Hollow
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Hermits Hollow Campground - Estes Park

Found two miles from Estes Park is Hermit Park Open Space, a nature area home to Hermits Hollow Campground. Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders enjoy the miles of trails here that traverse through forests and meadows. Hermits Hollow Campground, although has minimal amenities, offers spacious tent sites and vault toilets.

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