Rocky Mountain National Park's most popular campground to close this summer

Miles Blumhardt
Fort Collins Coloradoan
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It's tough enough to reserve a campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. It's going to be even more difficult this summer.

Moraine Park, the park's largest and most popular campground, is expected to be out of service beginning in late May 2023 through June 1, 2024, due to a major renovation to modernize the campground's infrastructure, some of which dates to the 1960s.

The work may cause temporary closures and impacts to the Moraine Park Discovery Center and along the Bear Lake, Moraine Park and Fern Lake roads.

Here is what you need to know about camping and the park's timed entry permit system:

About Moraine Park Campground

  • Open year-round, except for this year
  • 244 sites accommodating everything from tents to 40-foot RVs
  • Draws more than 30,000 campers annually
The Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park is the park's largest and most popular.

Here is what is included in the modernization work

  • Adding electrical hook-ups to approximately 60 RV campsites
  • Improving drainage, moving campsites that frequently flood and improving accessibility to 15 sites
  • Relocating overhead powerlines underground to prevent damage
  • Rehabilitating aging water, wastewater systems
  • Rehabilitating the ranger station
  • Replacing campground entrance kiosk
  • Dump station improvements
  • Adding another camp host site

Facilities that will not see changes

  • Existing restroom buildings
  • Amphitheater
  • Campground shuttle bus stop

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Which Rocky Mountain National Park campgrounds will be open in 2023?

Camping reservations can be made 60 days in advance at

East side

  • Aspenglen: May 26 through Sept. 26
  • Glacier Basin: May 26 through Sept. 12
  • Longs Peak Campground: TBD

West side

  • Timber Creek: May 26 through Sept. 26

For camping fees, reservations, amenities and other information, visit

How camping reservations and timed entry permits work

  • Campers at Aspenglen, Glacier Basin and Timber Creek Campgrounds will be able to enter the park beginning at 1 p.m. on the first day of their camping reservation, which is also the check-in time for all park campgrounds.
  • Campers who plan to enter the park earlier in the day will have to enter the park before timed entry permits are in effect or reserve a timed entry permit.
  • Visitors who have reservations to camp at Glacier Basin and Aspenglen campgrounds will have access to the Bear Lake Road corridor, as well as all other areas of the park.
  • Visitors who have reservations to camp at Timber Creek Campground will have access to areas of the park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. 

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Rocky Mountain National Park timed entry permit reservation system 2023

  • In effect May 26 through Oct. 22
  • Reservations start 8 a.m. MDT May 1 at
  • Timed entry permits are required from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the park outside of the Bear Lake corridor.
  • Timed entry permits are required 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Bear Lake corridor and rest of the park.
  • Visitors without permits can enter the park with a paid entrance after 2 p.m. outside of the Bear Lake corridor and after 6 p.m. in the Bear Lake corridor
  • 40% of all reservations can be made available the day prior at 5 p.m.
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