Often, you won’t know you are sweating. It sits at 10,020 feet. Learn more at Sawyer.com/picaridin. Temporary closures may occur at campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailhead parking areas while trees are being removed. Backcountry hut-skiing in Colorado has become extremely popular, with huts frequently selling out months in advance. Photo by Charles M. Sauer via Wikimedia Commons. The backcountry isn’t the only winter camping option. It’s best to call the park information office before venturing up there because notorious winter winds can scour the slope. Call 970-586-1242 for information. As long as you feel you’re really prepared with winter camping gear and you have the compass skills to get yourself in and out without any visible trails, then we’d love to have you come camp.”. Snowshoeing, hiking, sledding and even backcountry skiing on the slopes of a defunct ski area beckon visitors willing to shiver for a little adventure. For complete details and information visit the official Rocky Mountain National Park Camping Webpage. The Hidden Valley ski area operated from 1955-1991 near a switchback on Trail Ridge Road. Amenities include a free shuttle that connects the campground to Bear Lake and Estes Park, which is especially great to RVers who want to leave their vehicles behind. Longs Peak: Find this tents-only campground in the Wild Basin area, off Highway 7 south of Estes Park. Find the best campgrounds & rv parks near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. “I come from a winter camping background and just love it. NOTE:  All park campgrounds usually fill on summer days and fall weekends. On-line reservationswww.recreation.gov. Be sure to stock up with food you will need for camping in the park or for day trips before you enter the park. “There’s days now, you go up there on a weekend, there’s more people skiing today than there were when the lifts were running. Camping fees are $26 per site, per night in the summer, and $18 in the winter (when the water is off) - some park passes include discounts. Her passion is to inspire others to get out and experience life. A covered rubber-toed shoe can help you avoid getting bruised toes from river rocks or cuts from stray logs. A personalized guide to help you decide where to spend the night, from car camping paradise and remote backcountry sites to RV heaven. Want to take in the sweeping beauty of Longs Peak or the awe-inspiring view of Painted Wall? Patterson advises visitors not to make the park their first winter backcountry camping experience, adding that proper equipment is crucial. Tori Peglar is Co-Brand and Content Director of National Park Trips. Interested in staying at Aspenglen, Glacier Basin, or Moraine Park this summer? While the park road is relatively flat, many roads in the Rockies are winding and involve driving alpine passes. You do need a permit to camp overnight in the backcountry. Campers are asked to take responsibility for their sites, such as practicing proper Leave No Trace techniques and taking appropriate wildlife protection measures. Then turn right onto Moraine Park Campground Road. Estes Park has a great dog park with a dog beach, so that your furry friend can enjoy their national park vacation as well. “They can go pretty far into the backcountry without having to spend the night and still get out and have great adventures without the suffering of overnight camping in the winter.”. Mikaela is a sales and content specialist for National Park Trips. Want to receive a printed insider’s guide to Colorado's four national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park? While four of the park’s five campgrounds allow RVs, none of them have hookups. Then, apply sunscreen over all exposed skin, including the back of your neck. It's good to have a map. She spends most of her free-time outside hiking, skiing, climbing, taking photos, camping, snowshoeing, doing yoga – you name it! Summer Dump Stations:  Available at Glacier Basin, Moraine Park, and Timber Creek Campgrounds. Stay at Elk Creek Campground (www.elkcreekcamp.com) or the new River Run RV Resort to get access to full hook-ups. To make the most out of your trip, pack a pair of supportive, waterproof and breathable hiking boots. Since 1997, over $60 million of entrance and camping fees has been spent on various improvements and projects in Rocky. south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance (Region 4). You need a permit to camp overnight in the backcountry, and you can reserve a permit in advance online at www.pay.gov/public/form/start/68498987, which is highly recommended, or pick one up at either of two backcountry offices in the park, beginning March 1 at 8 a.m. for the current calendar year. National Forest Campsites: Campsites in Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests are listed on recreation.gov. 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.