I visited RMNP during early Sept when COVID precautions were still in effect. They were limiting camping and park entry to 40% capacity. The campground was still very noisy due to lots of families making the trip from Denver. Perfect place for kids as the bathrooms are centrally located and the campground gets frequent furry visitors. My review includes a video of a few deer that made their way through my campsite one morning.
The showers are SOLAR SHOWER areas, which means you need to bring a solar shower bag if you want to shower. They are available at most sporting goods/outdoor places in the area. There was a dish washing station available and Bear boxes (make sure you store food/cooking equipment properly). The bathrooms were clean but you may have to wait in line as they tend to be a busy place between 7am-9am as well as 6pm-9pm.
Morraine is a good location and I would strongly recommend waking up early one morning to get some photos of sunrise at Sprague Lake. My review also includes a photo and video of some Elk that caused a minor traffic jam near the parking lot of Sprague Lake. I also included a photo of the sunrise from Sprague Lake. This area is known for beautiful reflection photography but the wind made that difficult for me during my stay.
Overall I think RMNP is underrated due to it’s size. It offers some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities and absolutely stunning mountain views.
The park was much bigger than I thought. The sites are decently spread out but this park is always packed due to it’s close proximity to Denver so I would recommend reserving ahead of time. There are lots of biking/hiking trails that mostly cover the area around the reservoir. The “beach” area was my favorite. The water was cool and felt great back in August when the days were excruciatingly hot.
The bathrooms were clean but showers are coin operated so bring quarters (some of their change machines weren’t working). It was $1.25 for 6 minutes of hot water. Depending on which shower stall you choose you may get great water pressure or you may get one that dribbles. Coin operated laundry is available (indoor) and the machines are clean and well maintained.
This is definitely a great place to get out of the city for a couple days. Bonus points if you have a boat and can take full advantage of the reservoir.
I’m in my 30s traveling solo and this stop was a great place to regroup and take advantage of their amenities like shower, laundry, etc. The bathrooms were clean and the staff was very friendly. If you are traveling with kids this is a terrific place to stop because there are lots of things to keep kids busy like a playground and pool. The sites aren’t very private and road noise from the nearby highway can be heard throughout the night if you’re tent camping but it didn’t really bother me.