• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

This is a gorgeous campground in Rocky Mountain National Park with a lot of trees and in a quiet area. Off season tip - camp here in September as elk will be in the rut and bugling in fields nearby. The elk are usually in this part of the park in fall. 

Aspenglen is one of the four main campgrounds within the park boundaries. The campground is for car camping and there are areas just for tents and then broader areas for tents and campers. There are 53 sites at this campground and it fills up quickly each year. Reservations are available six months in advance of dates to book and they are gone quickly for all of summer, so plan ahead and click here. The same can be said for all the campgrounds and backcountry spots in the park as well. However, from about Labor Day until the campground closes in late September, spots may be easier to find (especially mid-week) and it is an amazing time of year in the park. You will still need to book early however. 

This campground is so appealing because you are within the park boundaries and it is secluded for the most part, but you are only just inside the boundary. You can walk or ride your bike to the Fall River Visitor Center and there are many restaurants and a grocery story nearby in Estes Park in case you forgot to pack something or want a meal out. Wildlife is abundant in the surrounding areas and often you will see elk, deer, turkeys and more around the campground and bighorn sheep right down the road at the Sheep Lakes area.

Tent pads are 13 x 15 feet and you may not have vehicles/campers over 30 feet in length. Flush toilet bathrooms. Bears are active in the park and bear boxes (food storage lockers) are provided at each campsite - all food and scented items must be kept in these lockers or car. And yes, even your Yeti cooler must be stored away even though they are said to be "bear proof". There is also no cell coverage at the campground or in most of the park. Pets are allowed in campgrounds and on roads, but not on any trails in the park.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camp Stove
  • Camp Cookware
  • Water
  • Food
  • Headlamp
  • Definitely bring warm clothes as even in summer it gets cold at night when you are above 8,000 feet. 
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Brynn Schmidt Explorer

I love wilderness/beaches: photography, hiking, camping, backpacking, conservation and hanging out with my guys while they climb. Mom, wife and co-founder of non-profit organization serving in Gabon and DRC, Africa. Find me on Instagram @brynn.alise.photography

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