About Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

Family and kids camping

There are five drive-in campgrounds and one drive-in group camping area in the park. Do you want help in deciding which campground to choose? Use our fun guide, Where Should I Camp in Rocky Mountain National Park

Camping Reservations

Two campgrounds, Moraine Park and Aspenglen, take reservations, as does the group-camping area. Other park campgrounds are first-come, first-served, and fill on most summer days. There are no electric, water or sewer hookups at any camp sites.

Reservations for summer camping in Moraine Park and Aspenglen can be made up to six months in advance. For further information, call 888-448-1474. To make reservations call toll-free 877-444-6777 (International callers 518-885-3639). Online reservations are also available.

Campground stay limits, throughout the park, are seven nights from June 1 through September 30; and an additional 14 nights at the year-round campgrounds the rest of the year.

RV Length Limits

Aspenglen allows 30 ft motor homes and trailers, Glacier Basin allows 35 ft motor homes and trailers, Longs Peak is tents only, Moraine Park allows 40 ft motor homes and trailers, and Timber Creek allows 30 ft motor homes and trailers. Read more about RVing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Backcountry Camping

To camp in the backcountry, you need a permit.

Campground FAQs

The water is turned off in the winter at all year-round campgrounds. Drinking water is available at entrance stations and open visitor centers.

During the summer months, firewood is sold at all campgrounds. Campers are encouraged to purchase firewood in the area(s) where they are camping. Transporting firewood from out-of-state is discouraged since it may hold harmful insects which could be spread to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ice is also sold at all campgrounds, except Timber Creek.

At all campgrounds no more than eight people, and two tents OR one vehicle and one camping unit (i.e., tent, RV, or trailer/tow vehicle) may occupy each site. Additional vehicles must park in overflow parking areas. During July and most of August, expect the campgrounds to fill every day by early afternoon.

In June and September, park campgrounds tend to fill on the weekends.

America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass holders receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees. Checkout time in all campgrounds is noon. A separate park entrance fee applies.

Removal of Dead Trees

Park staff are removing dead trees that have been killed by an outbreak of native pine beetles. The removal reduces risk associated with falling trees. Always be aware of your surroundings, particularly during times of high wind. Temporary closures may occur at campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead parking areas while trees are being removed.

Glacier Basin and Timber Creek Campgrounds look extremely different than they have in the past. Rocky Mountain National Park is just one relatively small area where trees are dying from the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Because the task is enormous, the park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels tied to the protection of life and property. Timber Creek Campground sits in a lodgepole pine forest where the majority of trees have been killed by the beetle outbreak. Many trees in the campground and along the perimeter of the campground next to Trail Ridge Road were sprayed with Carbaryl over the past years. However, the scale of the epidemic is enormous, and it was not possible to protect all of the trees in the campground. Also, trees in lodgepole pine forests grow in dense, protected stands so even if a tree is alive it becomes hazardous if the dead trees around it are removed. A "lone" pine could likely topple with high winds.

Hazard tree removal took place this spring to make the campgrounds safer for campers. Areas not treated or in which hazard trees remain will remain closed. Please check at visitor centers or call 970-586-1206 for updates.