Moraine Park Campground (8,160 feet) is located in Colorado's awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park, near the Beaver Meadows Entrance on Highway 36. It is situated on the north side of Moraine Park, offering beautiful views of the vast park and the surrounding mountains.
From lush valleys to craggy peaks reaching elevations 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 peak 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 also offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes, 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.
Moraine Park Campground contains single family tent-only sites, several walk-to tent sites and RV sites without hookups. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring with grate, and tent pad. Roads are paved and parking spurs are gravel. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Loops B and E have vault toilets only, and no water. Rocky Mountain National Park's free shuttle bus stops at the campground and provides access to many park trailheads throughout the Bear Lake corridor, eliminating the hassle of finding available parking. Bring a solar-heated shower bag to hang in two solar-shower stall facilities (no running water here) at Moraine Park Campground. There are no other shower facilities in the park, but showers are available in nearby communities. Portable showers are prohibited in individual campsites.
A pleasant mix of Douglas fir, Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa pine and the occasional Engelmann spruce, forests the campground, offering partial shade in this open area. Grasses, shrubs and seasonal wildflowers fill the open meadows.
Wildlife is plentiful in the park, and while mule deer and the majestic Rocky Mountain elk are the most commonly seen, 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 Moraine Park Campground. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding and fishing.
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Took a last minute road trip to RMNP with no lodging pre-planned Oct 17. Found first come first serve sites at the remaining open campground in the park. There were a few sites available mid day in the two open loops of the campground. I decided on site 1, with views on all sides! There was a wind advisory and fire ban (understandably). Bear lockers provided, found it ample, clean, and latched well. There's a small walk from car to site, but not at all sites. I found most sites to be nicely spaced out. Only downside of site 1 was a bright light at the office/Ranger area. Lots of great hiking a short drive away and wonderful wildlife viewing within walking distance. Pit toilets available mid October but not shower or running water toilets. Found one faucet near entrance of campground to fill my water jugs.
This is a good campground; clean, easy access, but the sites are pretty close together. It's essentially split into 3 sections (Arapaho Bay Big Rock, Morraine, and Roaring Fork). They're all essentially the same campground but they are run by different hosts. Roaring Fork and Morraine are right on the lake but have NO shade. Arapaho Bay- Big Rock is fully shaded and still only minute drive (probably a 20 minute walk) to the water. Morraine and Roaring Fork are the best if all you're wanting to do is be on the lake or if you're bringing a boat. Morraine is really nice if you don't have a boat but want lots of lake time as there's a big sandbar strip that acts as a beach that's within a minute's walking distance of any campsite in that portion of the campgorund.
Please be aware that CO weather(especially in the mountains) is very prone to quick changes. Come prepared with lots of layers, weather-proof clothing, and tents that can withstand a storm.
We only stayed here one night but wished that it could have been more. The sites are varied in desirability, some seem right close to each other while others seem to have more space, so do some research before choosing a site. Our site was fine, but the tent pad for the site next to us was right behind our drive, so if someone in a tent was in that site (189) there would have only been a few feet between us and them. It’s a nice quiet place for tenters and smaller rvs and trailers. Close to great hiking, wildlife, and the beauty of the Rockies. No hookups, just pit toilets. The shuttle bus comes by here on a regular basis, which is a great thing to help relieve the crowded parking at the popular trailheads.
Stunningly beautiful with killer views of the mountains! It was Elk mating season so we fell asleep to the elk mating calls and awe inspiring is an understatement!
This is a beautiful campground which has bathrooms and many campsites. It offers the opportunity to see many types of animals including bears in the park a spare boxes. We have stayed at this park in the spring fall and winter when it was 18° And got the Opportunity to see the animals in the snow and the peace and quiet at the park. It’s definitely a go to place.
I visited RMNP during early Sept when COVID precautions were still in effect. They were limiting camping and park entry to 40% capacity. The campground was still very noisy due to lots of families making the trip from Denver. Perfect place for kids as the bathrooms are centrally located and the campground gets frequent furry visitors. My review includes a video of a few deer that made their way through my campsite one morning.
The showers are SOLAR SHOWER areas, which means you need to bring a solar shower bag if you want to shower. They are available at most sporting goods/outdoor places in the area. There was a dish washing station available and Bear boxes (make sure you store food/cooking equipment properly). The bathrooms were clean but you may have to wait in line as they tend to be a busy place between 7am-9am as well as 6pm-9pm.
Morraine is a good location and I would strongly recommend waking up early one morning to get some photos of sunrise at Sprague Lake. My review also includes a photo and video of some Elk that caused a minor traffic jam near the parking lot of Sprague Lake. I also included a photo of the sunrise from Sprague Lake. This area is known for beautiful reflection photography but the wind made that difficult for me during my stay.
Overall I think RMNP is underrated due to it’s size. It offers some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and absolutely stunning mountain views.
This was on my camping bucket list for years! I was so excited to go, but, it wasn’t as amazing as I hoped…..
First you’re in RMNP which is, unbelievable to begin with… BUT Moraine campground is so small all the campers are right on top of each other, it’s not even peaceful.
We had an RV site, not hook ups, which isn’t a problem, but the site was so small and the road was heavily trafficked.
The rangers were on top of it, which, is their job, but when you’re there three days, and are approached by rangers three times when there’s absolutely nothing you’re doing wrong, it’s excessive. They job pop by to “check in” … ugh. Thanks mom!
The ups are the unbelievable scenery! We saw elk, and marmots, and Turkey and big horn sheep. The scenery is unmatched.
If I was to do it again, I’d stay in a fancy hotel in Estes.
We were on site B191. This was a great site on the edge of the park. We saw the whole Milky Way one night with clear skies. Great access to park and ride as well as other parts of the park. We only had pit toilets but they did not smell bad. Would definitely go back.
This is my go to campground for new or inexperienced campers. I also loved taking my Girl Scout troop here.
My suggestion is to go in September for Elk Rutting season!
Just got back from an AMAZING camping trip here. We have stayed at two different campsites within Rocky Mountain National Park over the past year and this one was probably my favorite site. It provided so much privacy, a great view, clean restroom facilities, perfect hammocking trees and a rad nighttime panoramic view of the stars. There are great walking trails, but it’s also a very short drive from the hiking trails to different lakes and falls. My wife and I would certainly would recommend!