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About Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park

Timber Creek Campground is located about 8 miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance and is open year-round.  This campground is situated at 8,900 feet.  At the Timber Creek Campground, there are 98 first-come, first-served campsites and it has both tents-only and RV campsites.  Maximum RV/trailer length is 30 feet.  In the winter 19 sites are available.  The recent mountain pine beetle outbreak has resulted in the removal of most trees so there is no shade in this campground.  Each campsite has a picnic table, fire grate, tent pad, and parking for more than one vehicle.  More than one tent is allowed, as long as they fit on the tent pad.  Campsites are limited to 8 people.   Fires are allowed in the metal fire grates.  Gathering of firewood and fire-starting materials is prohibited.  In the summer, firewood may be purchased with cash at the campground firewood sales shed.

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Fires Allowed
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Pets Allowed
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Water Hookups
Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
40.379 N
-105.852 W
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From Grand lake, Timber Creek Campground is approximately 8 miles north on Highway 34. You will be making a left hand turn into the campground. From Estes Park, take Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34 West) approximately 40 miles to the campground.
17 Reviews of Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park
Awesome campground.

This is an awesome campground after finishing trail ridge road. There were lots of elk near our campsite. Fires are allowed & pets are also welcome. The bathrooms were super clean & there are washing sinks outside of the bathrooms for dishes, etc.


Spacious, friendly staff, friendly visitors, beautiful sites from your tent area, beautiful drive to get there, just all around the most perfect camp site I’ve been too. (A bit cold at night so bring blankets!)

It has been years...

When I was a teenager, my family came here every year. The trout fishing was always great, wildlife viewing fantastic, and stargazing doesn't get much better. The beetles damaged many trees, causing a safty issue: no one wants a tree falling on their tent or camper at 4 a.m., so all of the mature trees in the campgroud were taken out a few years ago. Bathrooms are available within easy walking distance of each camping area. Showers are not available here, but there is a place in nearby Grand Lake that offers pay showers (always clean in my experience, as well as other reviews I have read) Bear-proof lockers are available. It is highly recommended you use them. Make sure you take the trail out the back of the campground to the nearby Holzwarth Ranch (Also known as Never Summer Ranch) If you're lazy, you can drive, it isn't far. Lots of great hiking trails, and it is quite near Grand Lake if you need to replenish supplies.

Nothing fancy. Nice views

No electricity. Nice sand pads for tents. Marked disabled sites.

Nothing fancy. Basic amenities

Great views! Basic sites. No electricity. Nice sized pads for tents. Marked disabled sites, which is nice for those that need easy access to bathrooms.

Great small campground!

A small first come first serve campground, but not very busy. There were many spots open around 10 am in late May. There isn’t many trees though to provide shade. Nice clean bathrooms as well.

Stay on the less crowded side of RMNP, but get up early for wildlife and

This campground on the west side of Rocky Mountain NP is a great base for touring the entire park. And you'll most likely see a herd of elk behind the campground because the Colorado headwaters are right out back. Elk wandered through the campground in the early evening. The west side of RMNP is less crowded and has many opportunities for close views of wildlife. You still need to get up early…for wildlife and to beat the crowds.

Our site 30 was nothing special but there weren't many sites available at 8 am. Getting there early is good, but sometimes too early works against you because you're not sure who's leaving. I don't like to bother people by looking at the permit on their post unless there aren't any open sites or if they look like they're packing.

Campsite observations

  • No reservations so checking in early is a necessity in July.

  • The walkin tent only clusters are what I liked most although I'm not tent canping anymore.

  • Most sites are back in, but there are some pull through. Some back ins are very short and seem to be designed for a vehicle with a tent. A few double wide back ins accommodate a vehicle and trailer.

  • Scattered food storage lockers are more prevalent in clustered tent areas.

One of the best and fairly close attractions on the west side of RMNP is the hike to Cascade Falls in Grand Lake. It's just under 7 miles roundtrip and not difficult. We saw moose 4 times. Two bulls were in a meadow less than one mile in, but you should go all the way to the falls. It's beautiful! There are lots of great hikes with wildlife potential on the west side. The Kauweneeche Trail Guide that's available at the Visitor Center has more info than the standard RMNP brochure and newspaper you get when you enter the park.

If you need a shower, Elk View RV in Grand Lake offers extremely clean, private shower rooms with a dressing area from 1 to 3 pm for $7. The people in the office were so nice, and they let us in outside of those hours.

Wildlife Everywhere

We went to RMNP for the weekend to Camp. We stayed on the West Side of the park which we have never been. It was a first come first serve campground and we were able to get a spot! The first night we could hear the elk bugling and saw tons of mule deer and cow elk. the first morning my husband and kiddos saw a bull moose in the campground. There are tons of trails near and around where we camped and the campground was located right next to the Colorado River so easy access for fishing. we saw several more moose throughout the weekend. we will definitely go back and camp at this Campground. only drawback is that there are no showers available at the Campground. they do have running water and a place to wash your Camp dishes and flushing toilets. the camp ground for my understanding is open year-round but only 10 spots during off-season. there was a recent Beetle problem so all the trees have been cut down so very little shade is available for the majority of the campground.

Ranger Review: Beyond Clothing Brokk Shirt at Timber Creek Campground, RMNP

Campground Review

Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, Timber Creek Campground is a first come first serve campground located 8 miles from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Timber Creek sites are $26 per night, which is on par with most National Parks that I have visited. It seemed like there were a ton of sites when I was there, some walk-in tent sites, some back in trailer sites, and a few pull through spots for small campers like the SylvanSport GO. Since this campsite is located in bear country, you need to store your food properly in the shared bear proof lockers provided by the NPS. Each site does include its own table and fire ring though. If I remember correctly, each loop had its own bathroom building with a sink on the outside for doing dishes and what not.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time. At Timber Creek I tested the Brokk Shirt from Beyond Clothing. I give this shirt a 5/5 because this thing rocks. (PS, it’s also on clearance right now, so I’d go snag one if I were you!)

Here’s what makes it so great:

  1. It fits great. It has a nice athletic cut to it which makes it perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities.
  2. Its breathable. It has a ton of breathability. The pits, sides, and a large portion of the back are mesh, so you can keep it on as a mid day layer to protect you from the sun.
  3. Its waterproof. The parts that aren’t mesh repel water better than anything I’ve ever seen. This makes it great for water sports. Or when it starts raining suddenly and you don’t have your rain gear.
  4. Drawstring. It has a drawstring on the bottom to tighten around your waist. This keeps it from rising up on you and keeps water out if you are using it for water sports.
  5. Its light. I don’t know the exact weight, but for what it is, its pretty darn light.
  6. Pockets. Chest pocket and back pocket. Both zippered. Who doesn’t like pockets.
  7. Made in the USA. Nuff said.
Nice views, but overrated!

Along with Longs Peak, Timber Creek are the only two first come/first served campgrounds in RMNP. Which means that there was a pretty steady flow of traffic late morning to early evening through the campground. Based on other reviews, I was excited to camp here for the first time, but was a little disappointed after a week.

There are four loops in the campground (A,B, C, D), we stayed in Loop D (sites 76-100). Loop D had two water faucets and trash/recycling available, but no restrooms (have to go to Loop C which isn't too far). The restrooms have sinks and flush toilets. Firewood could be purchased from the shed at the campground entrance. Here's a map of the campground. The sites in Loop D are very close together, as if they just wanted to add 25 more sites in a limited area. On the plus side, it appeared that each campsite now has its own bear bin for storage.

The proximity of sites to one another wouldn't have been so bad, but the pine beetle infestation has left the campground with virtually no mature trees, so noise carries easily and there's no privacy. Also, the way some sites were situated in our loop meant that often times people walked through your site to get to their site avoiding the multitude of tree stumps all around.

Basically, no trees meant no shade, wind breaks, hammock, or privacy and a fair amount of noise especially since the campground is down the ridge from Hwy 34.

However, the lack of trees did provide some really nice views as well as good stargazing opportunities at night.

There were usually some elk in/around the campground and our second morning we awoke to over three dozen cow/calves moving through our loop and up the ridge towards the highway, but we saw at least one every day near our site. The Colorado River flows just west of the campground and some times moose can be seen in the area.

I'll be anxious to camp here in a few years once the seedlings have grown some, but our next trip to RMNP I'll be planning ahead to make reservations for Moraine Park or Aspenglen.