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part ofRocky Mountain National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Moraine Park Campground (8,160 feet) 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, 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.

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, 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.


Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles 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' 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' above sea level.

Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park, and seasonal nighttime programs.


Moraine Park Campground contains group and family tent-only sites, several walk-to tent sites and 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. Loops B and E have vault toilets only, and no water.

Rocky Mountain National Park's free shuttle bus stops at the campground and provides access to many park trailheads throughout the Bear Lake corridor, eliminating the hassle of finding available parking.

NEW in 2012: bring a solar-heated shower bag to hang in the newly-constructed stall facility (no running water here) at Moraine Park Campground. There are no other shower facilities in the park, but showers are available in nearby communities. Portable showers are prohibited in individual campsites.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Estes Park lies just outside the park's main east entrances, and is a short drive from Glacier Basin Campground. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding and fishing.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • One RV or one RV+one towed vehicle or one trailer+one vehicle, and/or two tents allowed per site
  • B and E Loops have pit toilets only (no water or electricity)
  • Gathering firewood is prohibited; Firewood is available for purchase during the summer months
  • There are no hookups
  • There are no shower or laundry facilities in the campground; Portable showers are allowed only in the Solar Shower Facility.
  • RV sewage and wastewater tanks must be emptied at the dump station
  • Bears, deer, elk, raccoons and skunks frequent the area: All food, pet food, cooking utensils and other scented items must be stored in a vehicle or in food storage lockers located in the campground
  • The use of skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and other similar devices is prohibited
  • A separate park entrance fee of $20/vehicle is required; This fee covers entrance to the park for the date of purchase and the next 6 days
  • If using a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport for a camping fee discount, the pass must be presented upon check-in
  • This is a high elevation facility; Please exercise caution when traveling from lower elevations.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.3625, -105.60194
40°21'45"N, 105°36'7"W

Take Highway 36 west from Estes Park, CO or Highway 34 east from Grand Lake, CO. Off the main park road, take the Bear Lake Road, which is near the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, and follow the signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

1000 Hwy 36
Estes Park  CO  80517

Phone Number:

Information:  (970)586-1206
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