Aspenglen Campground is located near the Fall River Entrance in Colorado's awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park.
From lush valleys to craggy peaks stretching over 14,000 feet, visitors are provided opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.
Scenic driving, hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the park.
Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. Visitors enjoy the park's various lake trails (Bear Lake, Cub Lake, Mills Lake), waterfall trails (Adams Falls, Alberta Falls, Ouzel Falls) and summit trails (Deer Mountain, Twin Sisters Peaks, Flattop Mountain).
The park offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes as well, including Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Trail Ridge Road reaches 12,183' above sea level and is America's highest continuous highway. It climbs above the park's evergreen forests to its windswept alpine tundra, where visitors enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
Driving along the historic Old Fall River Road is like motoring through an earlier era. Constructed in 1920, this steep, one-way, uphill, gravel road punctuated by switchbacks, quietly leads travelers from Horseshoe Park through the park's wilderness to Fall River Pass, 11,796' above sea level.
Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park and seasonal nighttime programs.
Aspenglen contains several drive-to family sites for tents and RVs. A few sites are more secluded, walk-to tent sites. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring with grate and tent pad. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Generator hours are from 7:30 to 10:00 am and 4:00 to 8:30 pm and are only allowed in loop C.
A pleasant mix of Douglas fir, Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa pine and the occasional Engelmann spruce, forests the campground, offering equal amounts of sun and shade. Grasses, shrubs and seasonal wildflowers fill the open meadows.
Wildlife is plentiful in the park: mule deer and the majestic Rocky Mountain elk are the most commonly spotted, although black bear, coyote, bighorn sheep and moose inhabit the region as well.
The town of Estes Park lies just outside the park's main east entrances, and is a short drive from Aspenglen Campground. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding and fishing.
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Aspenglen is located just inside the Fall River Entrance Station. Once you have entered the park it is the first left that takes you down to the Aspenglen campground. There are a few more trees in this area, so you are more likely to find shade. There are some sites that are specifically for tents and others that accommodate small to medium RV's. There are no hookups for electricity or water and cellphone service is mostly non-existent. The sites are spaced more widely apart than at Glacier Basin. There are bear boxes to store your food, fire rings, and tables. Three loops, and some walk-in sites compose the layout. There was a host at the campground. They did sell firewood near the check-in post.
Campsites were nice sized, large food storage cabinets and the comfort station was new and cleaned well. Rangers were very helpful and happily answered questions for our kids. No electric at the campsites and no showers-par for the course at a National Park. Had a great stay
My friendn ahad a great time camping here. The site was clean and well maintained. We got there the day the Stage 2 fire ban was lifted. We didn't plan on a fire and didn't bother, but other sites lit them. The bear boxes at each site were nice and clean. I was a fan. No need to worry about bears. There had been sightings a day prior, so better safe than a call to the insurance company. However I did have an close encounter with a coyote. Came through camp and was about 5 or so feet from me. I had my back to it and luckily heard something behind me. a few claps and it went away. Still rather creepy.
The morning was cool and quiet. The tent only area was nice and not very busy. The bath rooms were not crowded and very clean. We broke down camp and were off after breakfast and talking to the friendly camp manager about our coyote encounter.
We then tried to go for a hike up to Emerald Lake, but no parking, even at the shuttle spot, to be had. Instead spent the day driving up Old Fall River road.
Overall I would recommend this spot for any tent campers.
sites are a bit close together and most are shaded but there ain’t much privacy in between. bathrooms were nice and new but no showers. ice was available from 5-6:15 pm daily. great views of the mountains and very close to Estes Park. we found it an excellent starting point for our adventures!
each site had its own bear locker and all scented items, including food was stored there. this made cooking a little more difficult but was fine overall. it is close to the park boundary and we heard music from weddings on Friday and Saturday nights but it ended at 10 pm.
it was also possible to walk to the Fall River Visitor Center from the campground by going across s bridge that goes over Fall River.
oretty little campground just inside Rocky Mountain Natl Park. Concrete tent pad. Picnic table. Some sites are doubled up, but I’ve always had luck with my neighbors! Convenient for early morning sunrise hiking
Of all the national parks where I've camped, this was my favorite campsite. I got a walk-in site, and, besides not having trees perfectly situated for my hammock, I had no complaints - secluded, quiet, well-maintained, beautiful scenery, plenty of bear lockers, easy park access with proximity to a grocery store, flush toilets and running water! The only thing missing here is showers, which most parks don't have. I can't recommend it enough!
Compared to the RMNP Moraine Park Campground, this one has somewhat more privacy and MUCH nicer restrooms! However, this area of the park is a little less scenic than Moraine Park. Our site had a tree limb dangling uncomfortably close to the fire ring, but we kept an eye on it and it was fine! The tent pad was large enough to set up two tents (for four people). There is a large bluff or steep hill behind the site, which gave us a little more privacy. I would definitely camp here again!
it was awesome..but overpriced. We got some snow up high in the park which was awesome. We just think camping in national parks in not worth it anymore. But if you want to explore a big national park and you plan on spending a fews days it not worth to drive out and in every day. It really depends on how big your rig is and how far out of the park your driving. Anyways not many people on weekdays so it was alright
This was our first campground stop of the summer for us. The views alone were breathe taking at this campground. Aspengen just remodeled all the bathrooms on site with running water and flushable toilets. Our tent only site was a walk-in site with the perfect amount of privacy. Site B is the least shaded on that loop but still a nice site with a fire ring, picnic table and tent pad. There are 2 huge bear lockers for all food and scented toiletries. One is located near where your car is parked the other located 10 feet from the camp pad. There's also a water pump with drinkable water located near the parking area. You'll have to purchase fire wood if you want to use the fire ring $5/bundle. Falls river runs right along the edge of campgrounds. You can't get in but it is nice to listen to at night while laying under the stars. You'll definitely see plenty of deer freely roam around the camp even in the middle of the day. Highly recommend reserving this place early in the year. Other sites on loop A are also very nice. Great site, great views, great park rangers.
P. S. Since the campground is within the park you'll have to pay the $20/day or $30/week parking pass upon entering