Best Camping near Estes Park, CO

Estes Park is the gateway to Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect long entrance lines heading through Estes Park into Rocky Mountain but know that your campsites will be worth it.

Obviously, the best camping near Estes Park is in Rocky Mountain National Park. RV and tent camping spots go quickly in Rocky Mountain, especially in peak season, so get your reservations well in advance. If you can’t get a spot in one of the park’s campgrounds, you can utilize ample Forest Service land on the other side of Estes Park. If you’re looking for something a bit less trafficked, head towards Pinewood Springs, CO, and climb any of the numerous mountains on the way.

Best Camping Sites Near Estes Park, CO (336)

    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    1.

    Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    88 Reviews
    280 Photos
    820 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    The Moraine Park Campground and Headquarters East Utility Project is underway. Moraine Park Campground is expected to remain closed this summer/fall season due to construction delays. __ Accessed via Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park Campground is situated on the north side of Moraine Park, offering beautiful views of the vast park and the surrounding mountain peaks.

    Recreation

    Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles (570 km) 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 feet (3700 m) 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 feet (3595 m) above sea level. Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park, and seasonal nighttime programs.

    Facilities

    Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles (570 km) 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 feet (3700 m) 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 feet (3595 m) above sea level. Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park, and seasonal nighttime programs.

    Natural Features

    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; 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, but can be harder to stumble upon.

    Nearby Attractions

    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.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Please refer to Rules and Reservation Policies for information on changes and/or cancellations.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    2.

    Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    52 Reviews
    200 Photos
    672 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    Glacier Basin Campground (8,500 feet) is located inside Rocky Mountain National Park, along the Bear Lake Road Corridor. The entrance to Glacier Basin Campground is approximately 5.2 miles up Bear Lake Road and across the street from the Park & Ride Parking Area.____ There are 150 campsites available by reservation only. There are no first come - first served campsites available at Glacier Basin. Any sites that are open are listed as "A" for available. Any campsite listed as ___NR___ has Not Yet Released; this means that those campsites are not yet available to be reserved. A number of campsites are available to be reserved up to 6-months in advance on a rolling window. ____ Some campsites are available to be reserved 2-weeks prior to your desired camping date.__ Some campsites are available to be reserved 1-week prior to your desired camping date. Group campsites are available to be reserved 1-year in advance on a rolling window.__

    Recreation

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife viewing. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities to see elk, Mule deer, Bighorn sheep, hawks, a wide range of songbirds and more throughout the park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some unforgettable scenic views along of the land above trees, over 1/3 of the park is alpine tundra. Enjoy incredible scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

    Facilities

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife viewing. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities to see elk, Mule deer, Bighorn sheep, hawks, a wide range of songbirds and more throughout the park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some unforgettable scenic views along of the land above trees, over 1/3 of the park is alpine tundra. Enjoy incredible scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

    Natural Features

    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, 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.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Town of Estes Park is a short drive from the campground, located outside of RMNP___s Beaver Meadows and Fall River Entrances. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding, and fishing.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake

    3.

    Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake

    43 Reviews
    135 Photos
    405 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    This campground with 89 RV sites and 28 tent sites is the perfect destination for all types of camping enthusiasts from retired big riggers to families who enjoy the simple comforts of tent camping.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park

    4.

    East Portal Campground at Estes Park

    40 Reviews
    150 Photos
    667 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    So close, yet feels so far away from the hustle and bustle of Estes Park. This very popular campground is located at an elevation of 8,300 feet at the end of a beautiful road just west of town. There are wonderful views of the snow covered peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park and access to the East Portal Reservoir which has ample opportunities for fishing. This double loop campground offers shady sites suitable for tenters and campers with small RVs and trailers shorter than 22 feet in length. It is especially well-suited for families and outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore nearby nature and trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sites at this campground open up to views of Rocky Mountain National Park and starry nighttime skies. A mature blend of ponderosa and lodgepole pines interspersed with groves of aspens makes it a wonderful home away from home. It is an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation. The camping season runs from mid-May to late September.

    The Estes Park Campground at East Portal has 66 sites suitable for tents and small trailers and RVs. There is a maximum length of 22 feet for RVs. All sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings, some with ADA accessibility. Guests also have access to drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, water & electric hookups, dump station, firewood and ice sales, and a playground for the kids. Cell phone service is spotty and there is no wi-fi, so please plan accordingly.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $35 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    5.

    Timber Creek Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    32 Reviews
    95 Photos
    565 Saves
    Grand Lake, Colorado

    Overview

    Timber Creek Campground is the only campground on the west side of the park. The campground is about eight miles (13 km) north of the Grand Lake entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. It sits along the Colorado River at an elevation of of 8900 feet (3000 m). A mountain pine beetle infestation caused most of the trees to be removed, so there is no shade at campsites. Camping in a trailer or RV? Please be advised, this campground has a total vehicle length limit of 30 feet (9 m). RVs and combined vehicles and trailers that exceed this limit cannot camp in Timber Creek Campground.______ Any sites that are open are listed as "A" for available. Any campsite listed as ___NR___ has Not Yet Released; this means that those campsites are not yet available to be reserved.__ A number of campsites are available to be reserved up to 6-months in advance on a rolling window.______ Some campsites are available to be reserved 2-weeks prior to your desired camping date.__ Some campsites are available to be reserved 1-week prior to your desired camping date.__

    Recreation

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles (563 km) of hiking trails. There are many wonderful trails to explore on the west side of the park, including the Colorado River Trail, Coyote Valley Trail, Green Mountain Trail, and more. Enjoy fishing along the banks of the Colorado River.__ The park also offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes, including Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Enjoy the scenic views in the land above trees while exploring the alpine tundra or visit Alpine Visitor Center. Are you interested in history? Take a step back in time and explore the Holzwarth Historic Site, just down the road from Timber Creek Campground.

    Facilities

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles (563 km) of hiking trails. There are many wonderful trails to explore on the west side of the park, including the Colorado River Trail, Coyote Valley Trail, Green Mountain Trail, and more. Enjoy fishing along the banks of the Colorado River.__ The park also offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes, including Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Enjoy the scenic views in the land above trees while exploring the alpine tundra or visit Alpine Visitor Center. Are you interested in history? Take a step back in time and explore the Holzwarth Historic Site, just down the road from Timber Creek Campground.

    Natural Features

    Timber Creek Campground has been impacted by both mountain pine beetle infestation, which killed many of the trees, but also by wildfire. This results in almost no shade in the campground, but it provides for an opportunity to see forest regrowth. Wildflowers can fill surrounding meadows and a mix of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and ponderosa pine are all around as you explore the park.__ Wildlife is plentiful in Rocky Mountain National Park. Mule deer and the majestic Rocky Mountain elk are commonly seen. Black bear, coyote, bighorn sheep and moose also inhabit the area, but are less common to see.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Grand Lake lies just 8 miles (13 km) outside the park's west entrance. Dining, shopping, and other recreational activities can be found there.

    Charges & Cancellations

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    6.

    Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    48 Reviews
    81 Photos
    1246 Saves
    Nederland, Colorado

    Five miles north of Nederland, National Forest System Road (NFSR) 226, commonly known as Gordon Gulch, turns east off of Colorado Highway 72. NFSR 226 intersects other forest roads: NFSR 314, 228, 233 and their off-shoots. There are 15 numbered, designated campsites scattered along the road system within 1.5 miles east of Highway 72. Camping is permitted in designated sites only. Take care when driving in this area. Snow and mud can persist through most of the year. The free Boulder Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System (NFS) routes open to motorized travel and is available online and at the Boulder Ranger District offfice.

    Streams; treat water for drinking.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA

    7.

    Estes Park KOA

    23 Reviews
    35 Photos
    184 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    At 7,500 feet, this campground is an ideal base camp for exploring the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Tent and RV sites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    8.

    Aspenglen Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    20 Reviews
    36 Photos
    628 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    Aspenglen Campground is located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, near the Fall River Entrance to the park.__ There are 51 campsites available by reservation only during the summer season.__ Any sites that are open are listed as "A" for available. Any campsite listed as ___NR___ has Not Yet Released; this means that those campsites are not yet available to be reserved.__ A number of campsites are available to be reserved up to 6-months in advance on a rolling window.______ Some campsites are available to be reserved 2-weeks prior to your desired camping date.__ Some campsites are available to be reserved 1-week prior to your desired camping date. ____ During winter 2023-2024, campsites in Aspenglen Campground's C-Loop are available on a first-come, first-served basis. __

    Recreation

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife viewing. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities to see elk, Mule deer, Bighorn sheep, hawks, a wide range of songbirds and more throughout the park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some unforgettable scenic views along of the land above trees, over 1/3 of the park is alpine tundra. Enjoy incredible scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

    Facilities

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife viewing. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities to see elk, Mule deer, Bighorn sheep, hawks, a wide range of songbirds and more throughout the park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some unforgettable scenic views along of the land above trees, over 1/3 of the park is alpine tundra. Enjoy incredible scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

    Natural Features

    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.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Town of Estes Park is a short drive from the campground, located outside of RMNP___s Beaver Meadows and Fall River Entrances. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding, and fishing.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $30 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park

    9.

    Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park

    42 Reviews
    109 Photos
    93 Saves
    Loveland, Colorado

    Welcome to Cottonwood Campground at Boyd Lake State Park! This spot is a solid choice for those looking to enjoy a mix of nature and convenience. The campground is open year-round and offers a range of amenities to make your stay comfortable. You’ll find electric hookups, drinking water, and clean restrooms with coin-operated showers. Plus, pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground is near Loveland, CO, and is just about 100 yards from Boyd Lake. There’s a nice trail along the lake, perfect for a morning jog or an evening stroll. The sites are level and can accommodate both tents and RVs. While the sites are a bit close together, they’re well-maintained with picnic tables and fire pits at each spot. Some shade trees are scattered around, providing a bit of relief from the sun.

    One of the highlights here is the beach area. It’s a great place to relax, with shaded outdoor tables and a small store for snacks and rentals. Just a heads-up, the store closes early, so plan accordingly. The sand is soft, making it a nice spot for kids to play or for you to just kick back and enjoy the view.

    Families will appreciate the playgrounds and open spaces for games. There’s also a swim beach and easy access to a dump station with fresh water fill. The campground is patrolled by CPW Rangers, so you can feel safe and secure during your stay.

    Overall, Cottonwood Campground offers a pleasant mix of natural beauty and modern conveniences, making it a great spot for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. Enjoy your time here!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $180 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground

    10.

    Arapaho Bay Campground

    30 Reviews
    86 Photos
    732 Saves
    Grand Lake, Colorado

    Overview

    The Arapaho Bay Campground is located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area on Lake Granby, southeast of Grand Lake. Visitors enjoy the area for its great boating, fishing and hiking opportunities.__

    Recreation

    Lake Granby is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It offers boating, sailing, swimming and fishing. Anglers cast for kokanee salmon and a variety of trout, including rainbow, brown, mackinaw and cutthroat. National Fishing Week is held the first week of June each year. Numerous hiking and horseback riding trails are located within the Arapaho National Recreation Area, including the Roaring Fork Trail, Monarch Lake Trail and the East Shore Trail (which is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail).

    Facilities

    Lake Granby is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It offers boating, sailing, swimming and fishing. Anglers cast for kokanee salmon and a variety of trout, including rainbow, brown, mackinaw and cutthroat. National Fishing Week is held the first week of June each year. Numerous hiking and horseback riding trails are located within the Arapaho National Recreation Area, including the Roaring Fork Trail, Monarch Lake Trail and the East Shore Trail (which is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail).

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on Arapaho Bay, on the eastern tip of Lake Granby, at an elevation of 8,300 feet. Afternoon thunder showers should be expected during the summer months. Due to the mountain pine beetle infestation and consequent hazardous tree removal, the campground offers little to no shade.

    Nearby Attractions

    Rocky Mountain National Park's west entrance is just north of Grand Lake. With lush valleys and 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.

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    For facility specific information, please call (530) 529-0578.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $17 - $25 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Estes Park, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, Estes Park, CO offers a wide range of camping options, with 336 campgrounds and RV parks near Estes Park, CO and 104 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Estes Park, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Estes Park, CO is Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park with a 4.5-star rating from 88 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Estes Park, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 104 free dispersed camping spots near Estes Park, CO.

What parks are near Estes Park, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 9 parks near Estes Park, CO that allow camping, notably Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.