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Places to Camp near Lyons, CO

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

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    Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    88 Reviews
    278 Photos
    791 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    Are you planning to camp summer 2024? Moraine Park Campground is closed for a major construction project. The campground is anticipated to re-open summer 2024. Moraine Park Campground (8,160 feet/2400 m) 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 (4250 m), 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.__

    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

    Moraine Park Campground contains single family tent-only sites, walk-to tent sites and RV sites without hookups. There is no group camping at Moraine Park Campground. If you are looking for a group site, please check Glacier Basin Campground.__ Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring with grate, sharable food storage lockers, and tent pads of various sizes. Roads are paved and parking spurs are gravel. Flush toilets, dish-washing stations, and drinking water are provided at designated comfort stations.__ Water. Loops B and E have vault toilets only, and water is limited in the winter to one location near the Ranger Station. Two solar-shower stall facilities are located within Moraine Park Campground. Campers are encouraged to bring their own solar-shower bags as the campground does not provide them. There are no other types of shower facilities in the park, but hot showers are available in nearby communities. Portable showers are prohibited in individual campsites.__ Summer (May to October). The Ranger Station is open during the peak season and a dump and fill station are open for use to all campers. This service is located by the yellow bear sign and green dumpsters near the campground entrance. Additional dumpsters and recycling areas are scattered throughout the campground for the camper's convenience.__The campground contains three main buildings at its entrance. Reservation information and check-in should be completed at the kiosk. Across the way, the Ranger Station provides information and services pertaining to all of Rocky Mountain National Park. Rangers are able to answer questions, provide Junior Ranger program booklets and badges, as well as give insight on planning your hike(s). Additionally, firewood is for sale at the firewood hut during the evenings; it is located next to the yellow bear sign, near the campground entrance. Ranger-led programs take place at the campground amphitheater in the C-loop. These programs are only offered in the evenings during the summer. For more information contact the Information Office at (970) 586-1206. Rocky Mountain National Park's free shuttle bus stops at the campground and provides access to the Cub Lake Trail, Fern Lake Trail, Bear Lake, Glacier Gorge, Sprague Lake and many other trailheads located along the Bear Lake corridor, eliminating the hassle of finding available parking. Campers are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus, as parking fills quickly.__ Winter (October to May) . The Ranger Station is closed during the winter. Water is limited in the winter to one location near the Ranger Station. The shuttle service does not operate in the winter nor are ranger programs offered.

    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

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

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    Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    49 Reviews
    180 Photos
    637 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

    Glacier Basin Campground contains several group and family tent-only sites, as well as RV sites without hookups. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring with grate and tent pad. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided.__ There is a shuttle stop inside the campground for the park___s free shuttle bus. The shuttle system provides easy access to many trailheads and scenic destinations located throughout the Bear Lake Road Corridor. Click on the following link to learn more about the Bear Lake Road Corridor . Due to a pine beetle epidemic, all the trees in the C Loop, D Loop and the Group Loop have been removed, leaving little to no shade in these areas. However, this campground has beautiful views of the mountains and the night sky.

    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

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

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    Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake

    42 Reviews
    134 Photos
    378 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

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

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    Cottonwood Campground — Boyd Lake State Park

    40 Reviews
    90 Photos
    85 Saves
    Loveland, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $180 / night

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

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    East Portal Campground at Estes Park

    38 Reviews
    130 Photos
    613 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

  6. Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

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    Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    42 Reviews
    81 Photos
    1043 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)
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

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    Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

    48 Reviews
    105 Photos
    822 Saves
    Eldorado Springs, Colorado

    Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers multiple campgrounds, cabins, yurts, RV sites, group sites, and a guest house.

    From Memorial Day to early October, there are 132 campsites in two campgrounds: Reverend’s Ridge and Aspen Meadow.

    Reverend’s Ridge offers 38 tent sites and 59 sites with electrical hook-ups. Facilities at Reverend’s Ridge include flush toilets, shower, ice machine, laundry facilities, and a dump station.

    Aspen Meadow offers 35 tent sites and vault toilets.

    As of January 1, 2019 both campgrounds will be Reservation Only.

    Golden Gate also offers 20 backcountry tent sites and four backcountry shelters. Our backcountry sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis year-round. Please register for backcountry sites at the Visitor Center.

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

    $18 - $90 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground

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    Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground

    22 Reviews
    5 Photos
    30 Saves
    Ward, Colorado

    Overview

    Camp Dick is the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was established in the 1930s. It is located just off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, on the Middle Saint Vrain Creek.

    Recreation

    The Middle Saint Vrain Creek is a good fly-fishing stream where anglers cast for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Many trails in the vicinity are open to hiking and biking, including Sourdough and Buchanan Pass trails. The Indian Peaks Wilderness boundary is four miles from the west end of the campground. Mountain biking is allowed on the first five miles of Buchanan Pass Trail. Bikers can ride a loop from Peaceful Valley or Camp Dick, via Buchanan Pass Trail and Middle Saint Vrain Road, or Coney Cutoff and Coney Creek Roads and Sourdough Trail. The Middle Saint Vrain and Bunce School roads are popular among off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Guided horseback riding is available at Peaceful Valley Lodge, which is just over a mile away.

    Facilities

    Campsites will accommodate tents and RVs. Sites includes picnic tables and campfire ring with grill. Water spigots, vault toilets, and trash services are provided at the campground. Firewood may be purchased during the peak season. There are no electrical hook-ups, dump stations, or showers. Tents must remain on tent pads.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the banks of the Middle Saint Vrain Creek in a glacial valley surrounded by mixed conifer and aspen forests and an open meadow.

    contact_info

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

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Allenspark is less than 10 miles north of the campground, and has a restaurant and a grocery store. Rocky Mountain National Park's main entrance is 25 miles north of the campground, in Estes Park. With lush valleys and craggy peaks reaching elevations higher than 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 available within the park. Estes Park is a full-service community. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding and golfing opportunities are available there. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding and fishing.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Firewood Available

    $17 - $25 / night

  9. Camper-submitted photo from St. Vrain State Park Campground

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    St. Vrain State Park Campground

    23 Reviews
    72 Photos
    116 Saves
    Firestone, Colorado

    ​​​St. Vrain contains a total of 87 campsites in eight campgrounds located on or near the banks of seven ponds at the east end of the park. Your campsite will be an easy walk away from fishing, kayaking, or simply birdwatching on the trails that circle the ponds.

    Site 1-41 have electric hookups at each site with water hydrants available to fill tanks and a dump station at the exit of the campground. Sites 42-87 have water, sewer, and electric hookups at each site.

    The addition to the park include several new fishing ponds and two additional hiking trails.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park KOA

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    Estes Park KOA

    22 Reviews
    35 Photos
    177 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

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