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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- It fits great. It has a nice athletic cut to it which makes it perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Its light. I don’t know the exact weight, but for what it is, its pretty darn light.
- Pockets. Chest pocket and back pocket. Both zippered. Who doesn’t like pockets.
- Made in the USA. Nuff said.
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.
First come first serve campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. Has ampitheater that had a movie playing the weekend we stayed. No showers. Sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Can't bring your own firewood but there is a hut with firewood available to buy.
This is one of two campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park that does not take reservations. It’s not open in winter. If you’re coming from Denver this is a very long drive (especially if you’re stopping to look around a bit) and you will most likely not get a walk-up spot in summer. There are more moose here than at the other campgrounds in the park. We’ve stayed in the C and D loops and both are amazing especially with bright yellow Aspen in the fall.
My hubby and I LOVE it here. You aren't too close to your neighbors and you are surrounded by the beautiful mountains. There's always a great chance to see wildlife too. We have stayed here on two separate occasions and want to come back every year. We have seen moose and elk just yards away from our tent. When the sun goes down you can see millions of stars. Everything about this site is perfect.
Spent 2 nights here, great Campground overall. It is first come first serve so it helps to get there around 1pm which is checkin. Dogs ARE allowed in the Campground but because the Campground is in RMNP dogs ARE NOT allowed on any of the trails or hikes near the Campground. Elk frequent the Campground! It is a busy/good sized camp but if you get a spot on the edge you'll feel secluded. Has bathhouse and firepits.
We got there just in time to pitch our tent and head into Grandby for some supplies. The only park that wasn't reservable during Labor Day weekend we lucked out and got the BEST SPOT! SW side of the campground.
The wildlife never failed us. Every morning and most evening s of our 6 night stay there were elk, deer, or moose on the grounds!
The view of the mountains outside the park made for phenomenal pictures with the sunrise and the sunset. Low laying fog covering the marsh and a bright sky lighting up the mountains were dreamy.
The Rangers were fantastic and made sure that all our questions were answered. There was plenty of space in the bear boxes. Clean bathrooms.