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Old 06-12-2012, 04:10 PM   #1
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Suggestions for RV Camping in or Near Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park

We will be making the trek to Colorado later this summer and wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions on places to stay either in or near Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park.

Any help appreciated!

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Old 06-12-2012, 07:45 PM   #2
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In the park, if you are 40-foot or less, you're only choice is Moraine Park Campground. However no sites are open for a 40-footer until August 28.

We stayed there about 10 years ago and it was very nice.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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Nice park on the river west of LovelandCO. Or stay in the park
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:15 AM   #4
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There is a very nice park almost directly across from the entrance road to RMNP in Estes Park. Memory is failing me with the name right now. We've stayed there twice and found it very convenient and comfortable. There is a trout pond in the park for fishing, with an extra fee. There is a fairly nice restaraunt within short walking distance from the park, and a gas station next door that can accomodate your RV.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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I believe the CG Kazoo Tom is referring to is Spruce Lake. We will be there in about 10 days so hope his description is spot on. Just concerned now about the wild fires in that area. The other park near RMNP is Elk Meadows. It is suppose to be right at the entrance to RMNP. Just google CG in Estes Park and both of these should show up. They are owned by the same mgmnt company.
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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Yes, that was it, Spruce Lake. Nice comfortable camp ground. Not fancy, but nice. One caution, cell phone service is terrible in that area. We had Verizon and the service was very spotty. those that were using AT&T had nothing.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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Smile YMCA of the Rockies

Our favorite place to stay, by far, has been the YMCA of the Rockies. It is BEAUTIFUL, and it has just about every outdoor activity you can think of included in the price for camping. They even have an indoor swimming pool and a roller-skating rink, and my son learned rock-wall climbing! I think the only things we had to pay extra for was mountain bike rentals, the rock-wall climbing, and horseback riding.

Camp Chief Ouray is the only part of the YMCA that offers camping, and it is on the "other" side of RMNP, near Granby, CO, which is a few miles from Winter Park. There are plenty of fun things to do in Winter Park, also, including alpine slides and great mountain biking trails. Estes Park isn't a SHORT drive from there, but in the summer, you can drive the GORGEOUS road through the park, which winds its way up to the Alpine Visitors Center (a great place to get out and look around in the alpine tundra). It took about an hour, hour and a half to get from our campground to Estes Park. There are plenty of things to do in Granby, Winter Park, and Grand Lake, too, though, so you don't HAVE to go to Estes Park.

Have a great time - that area is one of our favorite vacation destinations.


P.S. The rates are REALLY reasonable there, and if you're a member of the YMCA at home, I THINK you can get a discount!
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Elk Meadows in Estes Park

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