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Best Campgrounds in Rocky Mountain

Five top-notch campgrounds and one group camping area accommodate campers looking to stay in a tent, trailer, or RV (only three campgrounds accept reservations; the others fill up on a first-come, first-served basis).

Aspenglen Campground. This quiet, eastside spot near the north entrance is set in open pine woodland along Fall River. It doesn't have the views of Moraine Park or Glacier Basin, but it is small and peaceful. There are a few excellent walk-in sites for those who want to pitch a tent away from the crowds but still be close to the car. Reservations are not accepted. Drive past Fall River Visitor Center on U.S. 34 and turn left at the campground road.

Backcountry Permits, Rocky Mountain National Park. Backcountry camping requires advance reservations or a day-of-trip permit; there's a $20 fee during the summer season. It's best to visit the National Park Service's Web site before your trip; definitely contact the Backcountry Permits office before starting out. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Kawuneeche Visitor Center 970/586–1242.

Glacier Basin Campground. Rest near the banks of Glacier Creek and take in views of the Continental Divide. There's easy access to a network of many popular trails, and rangers come here for campfire programs. Reservations are essential. Drive 5 miles south on Bear Lake Rd. from U.S. 36 877/444–6777.

Longs Peak Campground. Hikers going up Longs Peak can stay at this year-round campground. Sites, which are first-come, first-served, are limited to eight people; ice and firewood are sold in summer. 9 miles south of Estes Park on Rte. 7.

Moraine Park Campground. This popular campground hosts ranger-led campfire programs and is near hiking trails. You'll hear elk bugling if you camp here in September or October. Reservations are essential from mid-May to late September. Drive south on Bear Lake Rd. from U.S. 36, ΔΎ mile to campground entrance 877/444–6777.

Timber Creek Campground. Anglers love this spot on the Colorado River, 10 miles from Grand Lake village. In the evening you can sit in on ranger-led campfire programs. Reservations are not accepted. 1 Trail Ridge Rd., 2 miles west of Alpine Visitor Center.

Updated: 2014-03-12

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