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Lodging and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park
Lodging in Rocky Mountain National Park isn't very fancy - it's camping.

The park has no hotels inside its boundaries.

But if you don't mind sleeping in the fresh air, listening to the swish of wind in the trees, and the crackle of the campfire, then Rocky Mountain National Park is the place for you.

With huge campgrounds and tons of back country campsites, this is a camper's national park.

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Photo: The Moraine Park Campground at Rocky Mountain National Park offers campsites tucked beneath the giant peaks of the Continental Divide.

No hotel lodging is available within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. However, the towns that border the park have a wide assortment of lodging options. From historic grand hotels, to humble cabins, to a number of national chain hotels, families can find pillows for their little pumpkins in Estes Park or Grand Lake.

On the other hand, camping is huge here. Five established campgrounds host 590 sites altogether, in addition to 267 backcountry sites for backpackers.

Aspen Glen, with 54 campsites, has tent pads, picnic tables, fire grates, vault toilets, and drinking water. Reservations are not accepted, and this first come, first served campground fills up on weekends in summer and fall. Located just inside the Fall River entrance, ponderosa giants shade this campground. Rocky outcrops offer active munchkins hours of scrambling fun.

Moraine Park
is the largest of Rocky Mountain’s campgrounds, with 247 sites. Although it is huge, the wide spacing and placement of the sites provides enough privacy and natural areas for campers. Views of Longs Peak improve the experience even more. When glaciers plowed through here long ago, they pushed aside titanic piles of rubble, making great outdoor climbing gyms for campground kids. Drinking water is turned on in the summertime only. Flush or vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire grates are available to all campers. Reservations are accepted and recommended during the summer.

Glacier Basin campground sits at 8,600 feet above sea level and on the edge of a meadow that stretches below the rugged continental divide. 150 sites accommodate both tents and RVs, but only tents are allowed in the 15 group-camping sites, adjacent to the main campground. Every site has a picnic table and fire grate, and drinking water and flush toilets sit at convenient spots throughout the campground. Glacier Basin Campground is closed from mid-September through late spring.

Folks attempting to summit the park’s highest point often use Longs Peak Campground, at the base of the famous mountain. Its 26 sites are open only to tents, but picnic tables, drinking water, and vault toilets are provided.

Tucked in the depths of the Kawuneeche Valley, the Timber Creek Campground is surrounded by thick forests on the edge of ponds near the Colorado River. The peaks of the Never Summer Range rear up to the west, while the summits within Rocky Mountain National Park rear over the campsites from the east. 98 sites have picnic tables, fire grates, and toilet facilities. Drinking water and a dump station are available, and you can buy firewood there in the summer. Water is turned off in the colder months, although the campground remains open. 

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