Can I Camp Anywhere in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Colorado Rockies. With more than 350 miles of trails, breathtaking vistas, and abundant wildlife, it’s no wonder why so many people choose to camp here. But before you hit the trails, you need to know where you can and cannot camp in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The park is divided into two districts – the East District and the West District – each with its own camping regulations. In general, camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds within the park.

There are currently five campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park: Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, Longs Peak and Timber Creek. All five campgrounds are open from late May through mid-October and offer tent sites as well as RV sites.

In addition to the five established campgrounds, there are several backcountry campsites located throughout the park that require a permit for overnight camping. Backcountry camping is primitive and allows visitors to explore areas that are inaccessible by car or foot. Permits are available at the visitor center and must be obtained before heading out into the backcountry.

While it’s possible to find primitive campsites outside of designated areas, visitors should be aware that these sites may not be safe or legal. It’s always best to stick to established campsites or backcountry permits when planning a trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.


In conclusion, camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is permitted at designated campgrounds and backcountry sites with a permit. Camping outside of these established areas is not recommended as it may not be safe or legal.

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Chris Powell