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Ranger talk Rocky Mountain National Park

Ranger talk Rocky Mountain National Park

ESTES PARK, Colo. – Breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe the views you’ll find at this week’s National Park Getaway.  Waterfalls, wildlife and an expansive wilderness are all part of the massive grandeur.

You’ll find miles of splendor at Rocky Mountain National Park, less than a two-hour drive from Denver. Within park boundaries, more than seventy-five peaks top 12,000 feet. With over 300 miles of hiking trails, 140-plus lakes and hundreds of miles of streams, opportunities for recreation are endless.

This weekend, August 24 and 25, Rocky Mountain National Park will host the sixth in the series of National Park Service-National Geographic Society BioBlitzes. In neighboring Estes Park, a Biodiversity Festival at the Stanley Park Fairgrounds promises a full schedule of music, ranger programs, live animal demonstrations, photography workshops, poetry and talks by leading scientists.

There are five drive-in campgrounds and one drive-in group camping area in the park. Three campgrounds, Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Aspenglen, take reservations, as does the group-camping area. Other park campgrounds are first-come, first-served, and fill on most summer days. There are no electric, water or sewer hookups at any campsites.

The water is turned off in the winter at all year-round campgrounds. Drinking water is available at entrance stations and open visitor centers.

Click on the links below to jump to specific information.

Camping Brochure (pdf) Campground Descriptions

Reservations Stay Limits

Dead Tree Removal Information

Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Information

Aspenglen Campground (8200 ft), located on U.S. Highway 34 just west of the Fall River Entrance Station has 54 sites.

  • Closed for the season. Opens May 23, 2012; closes at noon September 23, 2012.
  • Reservations accepted and recommended.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 30 feet.
  • A Loop: tents only, including walk-ins; B Loop: no generators allowed; C Loop: generators allowed.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.

*Glacier Basin Campground (8500 ft), located on Bear Lake Road approximately six miles south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station has 150 sites.

  • Glacier Basin Campground will be CLOSED the entire summer of 2012 due to Bear Lake Road reconstruction.
  • Reservations available and recommended for Loops C & D; A & B Loops will be first-come, first-served.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 35 feet.
  • Shuttle Bus access.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.
  • To view a table of tent pad sizes by site, click here.
  • Glacier Basin Campground will be CLOSED the entire summer of 2012 due to Bear Lake Road reconstruction.
  • Reservations accepted and recommended.
  • Camping fee is $3/person/night.
  • Tents only.
  • Small sites (#1 & 13) fit 9 – 15 people and a maximum of three vehicles.
  • Medium sites (#2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 & 12) fit 16-25 people and a maximum of four vehicles.
  • Large sites (7, 8 & 9) fit 26- 40 people and a maximum of five vehicles.
  • No limit on number of tents.
  • No more than five vehicles per site.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.

Longs Peak Campground (9500 ft), located approximately nine miles south of the town of Estes Park on Route 7 has 26 sites.

  • Closed beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2011, for the winter for hazard tree mitigation.
  • First-come, first-served, no reservations taken.
  • Tents only.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night when water is on, approximately late May-mid September; $14/site/night when water is off.
  • The trailhead to Longs Peak and other destinations is a short distance away.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.

Moraine Park Campground (8160 ft), located in a ponderosa pine forest above the meadows of Moraine Park on Bear Lake Road approximately two and a half miles south of the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, has 245 sites.

  • Beware that the Bear Lake Road Reconstruction will impact campers at Moraine Park Campground. Click here for more information.
  • Open year round.
  • Reservations accepted and recommended from May 25 through October 3, 2011.
  • First-come, first-served the remainder of the year.
  • Camping fee $20/site/night during the reservation period and when water is on; fee after water is turned off is $14/site/night.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 40 feet.
  • Trails from the campground connect to numerous other trails.
  • Shuttle Bus access.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.
  • To view a table of tent pad sizes by site, click here.
  • Open winter only.
  • First-come, first-served.
  • Camping fee is $3/person/night.
  • Tents only.
  • Small sites fit 10 – 15 people, medium sites 16-25 people, large sites 26 – 40 people.
  • No limit on number of tents.
  • No more than five vehicles per site.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.

*Timber Creek Campground (8900 ft), located along the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley on U.S. Highway 34 approximately 10 miles north of Grand Lake, has 98 sites.

  • Open year-round.
  • First-come, first-served, no reservations taken.
  • Camping fee is $20/site/night when water is on; $14/site/night when water is off.
  • Recreational vehicle and trailer length limit is 30 feet.
  • To see campground photos, click here.
  • To view a campground map (pdf), click here.
  • To download a printable brochure (pdf), click here.

Set your sights on this spectacular place by reading this week’s National Park Getaway at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Autumn colors envelope the Saint Croix Riverway

Autumn colors envelope the Saint Croix Riverway

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wisc. – Grab your paddle and your longing for scenic beauty and head to this week’s National Park Getaway.  The St. Croix and Namekagon rivers offer 255 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a lush green landscape, offering only hints of human presence.

The St. Croix is one of the last undisturbed, large floodplain rivers in the upper Mississippi River System, and the unequivocal best ways to enjoy it are canoeing, boating and fishing its waters and camping on its banks.

Hiking and historic towns also beckon, if you can bear to leave the cool water.

Superintendent Chris Stein invited everyone to plan a visit noting, “The St. Croix and Namekagon are remarkable rivers where people can find adventure and inspiration.”

Developed Campgrounds

Located in state or private areas, these campgrounds provide tent and car camping. Many of these large camping areas include such amenities as showers, dump stations, electricity, modern restrooms and more. Fees are charged at developed campgrounds and reservations are required for state parks and most private campgrounds. State forest campgrounds are first come, first served.

Minnesota Information:
DNR Information Center
651-296-6157 or www.dnr.state.mn.us

Office of Tourism
651-296-5029 or www.exploreminnesota.com

Wisconsin Information:
State Park Camping
888-947-2757 or www.dnr.state.wi.us

Department of Tourism
800-432-8747 or www.travelwisconsin.com

State Campgrounds near the Riverway
Minnesota: Afton State Park, Chengwatana State Forest, Minnesota Interstate State Park, St. Croix State Forest, St. Croix State Park, Wild River State Park, William O’Brien State Park

Wisconsin: Governor Knowles State Forest, Willow River State Park, Wisconsin Interstate State Park

Start your river odyssey with this week’s National Park Getaway at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visitors can view mountain ridges stretching to the horizon from Newfound Gap Road. (Photo courtesy of Robert Crootof)

Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Cool streams bordered with rhododendrons and laurel, mountainsides covered in a colorful patchwork of autumn leaves, the sound of an elk’s bugle carrying in the still morning air – this week’s National Park Getaway is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains and the quality of its remnants of southern Appalachian mountain culture.

Great Smoky Mountains, America’s most visited national park, includes more than 800 miles of hiking trails, 700 miles of fishable streams and hundreds of miles of equestrian trails. Along the park’s 384 miles of road you’ll find panoramic views, weathered historic buildings and tumbling mountain streams.

The park shares the stories of Southern Appalachian living that spans thousands of years and protects historic structures, landscapes and artifacts that tell the varied stories of those who once called these mountains home. At Great Smoky Mountains you’ll find one of the best collections of log buildings in the eastern United States.

Whether you’re driving the main roads or hiking the backcountry, you could stay a week and not see it all. Start your journey by reading this week’s 
National Park Getaway article at www.nps.gov/getaways.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Campground

Frontcountry campgrounds have campsites that can accommodate tents, pop-up trailers, or RVs.

The National Park Service maintains developed campgrounds at 10 locations in the park:

• Abrams Creek
• Balsam Mountain
• Big Creek
• Cades Cove
• Cataloochee
• Cosby
• Deep Creek
• Elkmont
• Look Rock
• Smokemont

Each campground has restrooms with cold running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. There are no showers or electrical or water hookups in the park. Shower facilities are available in the communities surrounding the national park. Please inquire about the nearest facilities when you check-in at the campground. (5 amp electric hookups are available at a few sites in Cades Cove, Elkmont, and Smokemont for use only by those with medical needs. Check www.recreation.gov for more information.)

Campsites at Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Cosby, Elkmont, and Smokemont may be reserved online or by phone at (877) 444-6777. Advance reservations are required at Cataloochee Campground. All remaining park campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Additional information about camping reservations, including reservation time frames.

In addition to individual campsites, the park offers a limited number of group camping areas.

Please read Campground Rules and Regulations for information concerning food storage, generator use, quiet hours, and other campground regulations.

 

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