As a tent camper, I agree with most of these other reviewers' comments about Moraine Park CG: many of the campsites are close together, Moraine Park Campground has really beautiful views, and the bathrooms are very clean and have soap (!) and flushable toilets.
We are tent campers and do not like to listen to generators in the next door neighbors' campsite. We stayed in site #101, directly in the middle of Loop A. This was a very good site, as it turns out. It's a walk-in site, but that was not a problem. The parking place for our car was right by a (very clean) bathroom. A short little path led up and over a very small hill and right down to our top-of-the-hill campsite, overlooking campsites #41 through #53 (approx.). I thought it would be really noisy with all those RVs directly down the hill, but it wasn't too bad. There was a HUGE boulder outcropping right next to our campsite, which the kids LOVED to climb on. And they met several other children from other campsites who were playing there, too.
Every morning and evening, a few deer would cruise through the campground, grazing and looking around. That was a neat experience.
The other thing I liked about our experience was the bear box strategically placed near our campsite. Instead of hauling all of our cooking equipment, food, etc. to the car to keep a clean campsite (i.e., non-bear-enticing), we put the food and equip in the conveniently located bear box. Made cleaning up easy.
Other reviewers have also mentioned the entertaining and informative nightly ranger talks in the amphitheater. I give these rangers very high marks for sharing their knowledge with us in very entertaining and delightful ways. Last summer, we learned about wolverines, pine beetles, and the best places to go hiking in RMNP, among other fascinating topics. If you stay on the "upper" side of Loop A, you might want to drive to the amphitheater -- it's a long walk and it will be dark after the talk.
This year will be our third year to visit RMNP. Our first year, we tried out three other campgrounds because we just didn't know any better. Last year, I felt like we hit the jackpot with Moraine Park and our camping experience there. This year, we plan to return to Moraine Park campground, but on Loop D. We'll see if there is any room for improvement. :)
Oh yeah, I almost forgot -- there is a cantankerous lady who sells firewood and ice every evening at the front gate. She is neither friendly nor helpful. I think there is a gentler place to buy wood and ice in Estes Park -- at The Corner Market with a Conoco gas station in front (Hwy 36 & Mary's Lake Rd.). Just so you know!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This campground is a good base from which to explore the park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Moraine Park Campground Hotel Estes Park
- Moraine Park Estes