Glacier Basin Campground, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

This campground situated just out of Estes Park and within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park offers amazing views of the peaks that make the park famous. This is a hard campground to rate, as there are two extremely opposite types of sites, and both have their advantages. Due to the pine beetle infestation, most trees in the C and D loops have been removed, which creates a more barren, meadow feel to the campsites, yet at the same time offer unobstructed views of the leaks. Regrowth of trees has started and in a few years sites here will be more forested. If you crave a more secluded, private site, than the sites in loops A and B might be your preference, as they are set amongst thickly wooded pines. Both the C/D loops and A/B loops are
beautiful in their own way, it's just more to
your taste, and we preferred the open, unobstructed sector of camp or slightly wooded sites that still offered views. Camp is set along a stream, which when snow melt is at its peak, can be heard from most sites. Immaculate restrooms, overflow parking, group areas, picnic tables, fire rings and nice tent pads are found within camp. A small shed where firewood, ice, water and ice cream can be purchased opens each evening. Ranger programs are held most evenings and two morning worship programs are held on Sundays. The park and the town of Estes Park are conveniently accessed via shuttles that run continuously throughout the day. Several trailheads also lead from camp, offering the opportunity explore the park. The campground opens late May and closes late fall due to snow.

Good Sites: 1, 3, 5, 72, 85-87, 93-95, 97, 99, 101, 103, 120, 121-124, 126, 129, 130, 132, 134, 5M, 7L
Poor Sites: 4, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22
Hookups: None
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes


Jamie said…
Hi there.

Why do you consider sites 14, 16, and 18 poor sites? Just curious. I've never been to this campground and was looking at those sites for a group camping.
campgroundcrazy said…
Hi Jamie,
You might enjoy these sites. We prefer sites that are more secluded and found these sites to be a bit close to neighbors, but for group camping, that might be preferred!