We stayed at Glacier Basin campground, paying $10/night with a Golden Age pass. We arrived shortly after 9:00 am on a Sunday morning, without a reservation, and were quickly escorted to a campsite for our 40' rig. At this time I think you can get in Glacier Basin w/o reservations, if you arrive early on days other than Friday and Saturday. It is difficult, but not impossible to get around the campground to your campsite in a big rig. Some going backwards and forwards is necessary, and you may get some scratches from the high overhanging branches. The campsites in the non-reserved sites are nice, with quite a few trees. I only give this campground an 8.0 because of the lack of hookups. You must boondock. And for the difficulty in getting a big rig to the campsite. But this is Rocky Mountain National park, one of the most spectacular of the National Parks, and a place that deals quite successfully with the hoards of visitors. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Glacier Basin Campground has been hit hard by the pine beetles, so a lot of the trees have been cut down. There is construction going on with some bath houses, so it's not the prettiest sites (be careful making a reservation--they let us move to a different site). Has good access to the Bear Lake trails and lots of wildlife to watch from camp. Rangers are very attentive and nice. Moraine Park seems to be in better shape in terms of preserved trees and more privacy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This review is for the Glacier Basin Campground. The National Park Service has allowed the pine bark beetle to destroy most of the forest in Rocky Mountain National Park. I mean MOST. Glacier Basin has been cut to remove dead trees and slash was left everywhere. There is no gathering of firewood and so the debris makes a horrible mess. The drive up the RMNP will look like Yellowstone did in the mid 80's very soon. This disaster has nothing to do with diseased or stressed trees. This is a beetle that attacks and destroys healthy trees. Do not be mislead by the pseudo experts. The scenery past the dying forest is still spectacular. We camped here for three days and anyone wanting to see the beauty of RMNP had better get there within the next two years. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We camped at Glacier Basin. We have a 40' RV and were able to squeeze in a spot with a bit of maneuvering. (The site was obviously designed with much smaller RV's in mind, though.) The sites were level, but cramped. Nicely equipped with a modern fire ring and level raised tent camp area on each site. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed at Glacier Basin, appears to be nicest campground there. We had a great view of the mountains from our site. However with that site across from the field came some good wind. We adjusted not really a big deal. No electric anywhere, but we knew that coming in. Only cold water in bathrooms, no showers, etc. However we knew that going in as well, and just showered in our camper. Was a nice place to stay and walked the dogs around with every night. Wow, the wildlife that comes into the campground is great to watch. Bear warnings up, but don't fret, doesn't seem to be a problem there, just follow the rules. Would I stay at this campground again. Yes I would, and it is very close to some great hiking. Also the vendor that comes in to sell ice and ice cream and wood was nice to have there in the evenings. Reasonable pricing on those items as well. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed in Glacier Basin on the first weekend it opened for the season (late May),
although some other campgrounds in the park are open year round. Well laid out in heavily forested area, yet sites were level and clear of undergrowth. No hookups or showers, but fantastic views in a fantastic park. This is the place where they take all those photos you see in the camping ads. There are pay showers in Estes Park and the rangers can give you a map to the location. Campground does have very convenient dump station with water fill-up point and a vendor comes to sell firewood, ice, etc. a few hours each afternoon. You are in the mountains, so be prepared for cool temps--it snowed on Memorial Day. The park itself is loaded with wildlife--including a coyote that came trotting through the campsite. Bears, however, are evidently not a problem. Many scenic drives and hikes and well-done ranger programs. Would love to go back. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
We camped in a popup in Glacier Basin. Fantastic! Sites are in a pine forest, clean and
smell great. Rangers were wonderful - multiple 1hr programs we all loved (learned about bats one night, cougars the next). No showers, cold water only in bathrooms, but they are clean. Moraine Park CG (54 sites) was more open and more crowded, but still very nice. Museum worth a visit. Free bus to Bear
Lake (wonderful area to hike). We'd go back again in a flash! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.