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“the place to camp in RMNP on the east side” 5 of 5 stars
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Illinois
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“the place to camp in RMNP on the east side”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

Moraine Park was scenic and quiet. We had a walk-in site, which I HIGHLY recommend, so we also had privacy and space. Our site had a marvelous view of Long's Peak. We fell asleep to the sound of bugling elk and woke to the distant call of coyotes.

It was clean, too.

I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

My husband and I just stayed at Moraine campground for a second time last week. It is one of our all time favorite campgrounds. Close to Estes Park, and only a 1.5-2h drive from Denver it's very convenient and easy to get to. Rocky Mountain National Park is also one of our favorite parks and this campground is in a great location for exploring the mountains and also has great views of them. There are a few sites which are close together, but the map on recreation.gov where you reserve sites is fairly accurate with the spacing of the sites so you can see how close you'll be to others. Also, there are several walk-to sites, specifically in A loop, which offer more privacy. I highly recommend this campground.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

This is a beautiful campground - much as I remember it from my time there as a child. The campsites are not very private (but many are adequatly spaced), as the ground cover is not real tall, but it seems to have trees at most sites. The campground is on a hillside and the sites are all at different levels, which really adds to the visual interest. We had a beautiful, full-on view of Long's Peak from our site and the night stars were fantastic! The highlight of the campground for the kids is the large (car and house sized) boulders scattered all over. Children love to run around and climb on these. The Park Rangers do wonderful, educational campfire talks every night, many of them about the animals of the alpine, enhanced with slide show photos.

Ok, now for the details every camper needs:

Bathrooms: Clean/adequate. They seem to be placed frequently throughout the campground. No showers anywhere in RMNP - you have to go to town and pay. They have flush toliets and the bathrooms have handsoap (not found in all parks). There is a small closet with a sink for dishes at each bathroom.

Wildlife: The have black bears that come occasionally through the campground - this is relatively new. It seems there was one in the campground the night before we arrived. The bears were not a problem when I was a child. They have the bearproof garbages and you may not leave any food related item (coolers, stove, pots n pans) out at anytime, except when in use. If you see/hear a bear, please report it to the park rangers. You will almost certainly see deer, and possibly elk from this area. Plenty of bold ground squirels, chipmonks and birds ready to steal your lunch right off the picnic table - another good reason to keep the food in the car at all times.

Location: Great basecamp for seeing the park and also very close to town. The campground is full every night in the summer, and this is part of the reason.

Reservations: This campground fills every night of the summer - make reservations weeks in advance for weekdays, months in advance for weekends. The NPS has a wonderful reservation website that shows a map of the campground and has a detailed description and a small photo of each site. Be aware that 2 sites that look close together might be farther than they look d/t the hills.

Campfires: There are firepits at every site. Campfires are allowed unless there is a burn restriction in place. Please only have firewood from the local area. Pine beetles have killed huge areas of trees in the park. There are many places that sell firewood in the town of Estes Park. Expect to pay about $4 per bundle. The campground also sells firewood every evening at a set time (5:30 pm ?) for 1 1/2 hrs. They charge about the same prices as they do in town.

My family really liked this campground - the only reason it didn't get 5 stars was that there are no showers, and that some of the sites are a little too close together.

Room Tip: The farther from the meadow - the more interesting the campsite!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Thanks to a prior review that I read on here, I made an advanced reservation for Morraine Park, C Loop (our site was C236 the first night and C239 for the second night). C236 was absolutely gorgeous! There are no hook ups but up in the rockies, we didn't need our AC or anything else that would've required our RV's generator anyway.

This is our second RV trip out west (we been to the Badlands, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon) and our experience with national parks has been this:
If you want a beautiful site at a national park DO NOT get sites with hookups. Most of the national park sites with hookups are like parking lots, the ones W/O hookups - beautiful, even the RV sites. By contrast almost every state park we have been to has had great sites with hookups, it is just the national park that have this quirk.

Room Tip: Book C Loop at Morraine Park if you can (Best RV site C236)
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

I hate to say this, because we love our national park campgrounds but this one was a little disappointing. There are just too many sites in too small and area. If you are camping in RMNP, Moraine is centrally located and probably your best option (Glacier Basin has had all the trees removed), but book early and try to get a site on the outside loops. The online reservation system has a fantastic sitemap - use it well. 136, 245, 247 are beautiful sites. There are some great hikes that start near the campground. Cub Lake Trail is an easy and scenic hike. We saw several elk on the path. Estes Park is very close and there is a perfect little mountain market on the right as you come into town. Firewood and ice are sold at the campground.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Littleton, Colorado
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

Beautiful, awesome, views galore, spacious sites and clean facilities- what more could you want? How about sunsets behind glorious mountains, open spaces for kids to run around and beautiful rock outcroppings to climb. This is the best campsite in Colorado- especially if you get one of the sites on the A loop as most of them have amazing views. We tent camped and had the best time. There is so much on offer in the park, fishing, hiking, ranger porgrams, star gazing and animal watching. We will be back.

Room Tip: We loved our site which was 89
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Koudekerk aan den rijn, Netherlands
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

We stayed here for two nights. The campground is perfectly located in the Rocky Mountains NP. It is close to the highlights. You can easily drive the Trail Ridge Road from here. The campground itself was nice. A firepit to make your campfire. You can buy some wood near the entrance. The restrooms are pretty clean.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Moraine Park, Estes Park, CO
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
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Ranked #44 of 73 Specialty lodging in Estes Park
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