Originally Posted by baraff
Following this post with interest, as we are leaving for Colorado in a week and want to go to RMNP. My question is how crowded are the NPS campgrounds? We have no reservations made, as we want to just "wing it" and not be tied down to any one area. We're not huge fans of crowded campgrounds or RV parks and much prefer NPS and State park campgrounds, even if they offer no hookups.
Will we have much problem finding a site after Labor Day weekend at RMNP?
I just got back from three nights in Moraine Park Campground (Tuesday through Thursday nights). Tuesday, it was full (we had reservations made a few months ago for all three nights). Wednesday and Thursday, it appeared that there were open campsites.
After Labor Day, it would appear that you'd have an even better shot, though you never know.
For the record, Moraine Park is a beautiful campground. I've been in both of the RMNP eastern side campgrounds (those that accommodate big rigs, that is) and I like Moraine Park better. Glacier Basin has had to have a bunch of its trees cut down due to the pine beetle epidemic (a really tragedy for the park), while Moraine Park has most, if not all of its trees.
Enjoy your trip. RMNP is a true gem.