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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It was late October when I stayed here, so there were plenty of sites to choose from even though only a few loops were open. This campground is managed by NPS and open year-round, but do note that if you visit in the summer, all of the sites are reservable and fill up nearly every night. During the winter there are 64 first-come, first-served sites. Plan accordingly! Overall it was clean, quiet and affordable. The official park website is always the best place to check for the most up to date information on campground fees, closures, etc. Compared to campgrounds outside the park, it’s a no-brainer - cheaper and you’re closer to all the good stuff!
This is the largest of the campgrounds in RMNP. It has several loops, one is "generator free" and each have their own positives. The CG sits above a couple shuttle stops at the moraine below and there is one that stops at the entrance so you can reach the rest of the park without driving yourself or to connect to other trailheads. It is only near a couple trails, but the shuttle can get you where you need. Each site has its own tent pad, picnic table and fire ring. There are toilets and water sources centrally located and a few solar shower facilities (stalls to hang your own solar shower…bring your own water). Being in the park makes it easy to get around without fighting all the traffic if you use the shuttles.
This campground is in the middle of Rocky Mountain NP. Our site was in loop D. The sites are a little packed but give you enough space to spread out. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a shared bear box. The tent pads are level as d have plenty of shade. The bath rooms have no showers and are a little dated but adequate for a national park. It is centrally locates to bear lake and Estes Park. We will be back.
Great location, near everything in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Flat spaces and easy in and out.
If you love camping and hiking then this is the perfect place. They provide a picnic bench, bear box, fire pit, flat camping spot, restrooms, and water
I love staying in National Park Campgrounds and this one is no exception. Sure, there are no hookups or showers (solar shower stall only) here, but it is totally worth it to be in the park! We had an incredible view from our site and enjoyed sitting outside listening to the nearby elk. You can also walk to the shuttle from the campground which will be crucial once the crowds really start to arrive. Our site had incredible views and we couldn’t be happier with it! There are many many trails to explore in the park. We did our best(loved the hike to Emerald Lake even though it was busy!), but couldn’t do as much as planned due to all of the snow on the first day of summer!! Luckily Trail Ridge Road was open so we could drive that. I highly recommend it!
As a ranger for The Dyrt, I sometimes get the opportunity to try products. I tried the Wenzel Micro Chair (https://wenzelco.com/micro-chair/) on this trip. My hope was that it will serve multiple purposes– easy to store guest seating as well as overnight camping seating options for kayaking and backpacking trips. It works great for most of these options! It served as guest seating when we had friends in town visiting us at Moraine Park Campground. We even pulled it inside the RV when it started raining and it wasn’t in the way - it's a great size. It is very nice to have the extra seating! While this chair isn’t one we will take on overnight backpacking trips, we are happy to have it for times we need extra seating! It is relatively easy to store and it packs up nicely to be out of the way when you don't need it. It is a little heavy to be a backpacking chair, but it will be great for an overnight kayak trip! Way better than sitting on the ground!! All in all I am happy with this purchase! It has worked great for guests!
Nice campground. No park rangers around for help. You sign in yourself pay on the honor system. Wood is sold til 6:30 so be hasty for pick up. RMNP has rules for the protection of wildlife to not allow dogs on any trails and although I think that wildlife should be protected that this is a dumb rule. Like everything else they charge for and give permits for they should permit pets. 3 stars for wasting my time and I wasn’t able to do a single trail.
Moraine Park is a great campground inside RMNP. Close to the Bear Lake Trailhead, which is the most popular in the park and a gateway to amazing hikes, and also close to Estes Park. Bathrooms are very nice, water available, bear boxes at every site along with fire rings and picnic tables. We had a tent-only site and it was great. But the key was our location - go for D loop sites on the bottom/south side. Map attached with location circles. OUTSTANDING views of the Rockies and a whole field below with elk, moose and other wildlife. Sites in this area are pretty spread out and it’s quiet after dark. Staff super friendly and helpful. This is a huge campsite, so picking your spot is important to have the best experience.
I used to really enjoy this campground and beauty of park. I stayed spot A075 in Sept 17 and was really looking forward to the trip. Positive is beauty of park, friendliness of park rangers and support, staff, and overall experience smelling campfire at night. Negative is restrooms were in really poor condition, really poor - staying in many facilities with Pits/Vaults that were a more favorable experience. Negative is sights (some of them) are too close to neighbors
I camped during the Elk Rut and watching the elk come out at dusk was amazing. Hundred of elk at the meadow below. Jawdropping.
Great campsite and great view. Even with plenty of RV's and campers around it was extremely quiet. Each site had a picnic table and fire ring. Sites are pretty close together so just keep that in mind when setting up camp. Bear boxes are there for a reason so use them!
Pit toilet close to my site was fairly clean and stocked. Water was a little bit of a walk but not horrible.
I visited in Oct and during the day it was up in the 60's. The morning I woke up to snow. So again keep that in mind when camping during months that snow can happen.