Backcountry Campsites

List of Backcountry Campsites

Backcountry camping is permitted in designated places in the Park.  A $26 permit is required, and advance reservations are recommended in the summertime.  Visit the Backcountry Offices at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, or Kawuneeche Visitor Center.  

To jump to backcountry campsites in the different regions:  Region 1 - The West Side, Region 2 - The Alpine, Region 3 - North of Hwys 34, 36 & Estes Park, Region 4 - Bear Lake region, the heart of the East side, Region 5 - Long's Peak & Wild Basin, List of closed campsites

Region 1 - The West Side, Known for moose & big meadows

East Meadow Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (1.5 mi.)

Lower East Inlet Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (2.3 mi.)

Cat's Lair Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (4.0 mi.)

Gray Jay Group Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (4.9 mi.)

Slickrock Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (6.0 mi.)

Solitaire Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (6.2 mi.)

Upper East Inlet Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (6.6 mi.)

Lake Verna Campsite (1) From East Inlet Trailhead (6.9 mi.)

Summerland Park Campsites (1 + 1 group) From North Inlet Trailhead (1.5 mi. to group site, 1.7 mi. to individual site)

Twinberry Campsite (1) From North Inlet Trailhead (3.0 mi.)

Big Pool Campsites (2) From North Inlet Trailhead (5.0 mi.)

Grouseberry Campsite (1) From North Inlet Trailhead (6.2 mi.)

North Inlet Group Campsite (1 group/stock) From North Inlet Trailhead (6.5 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (10.2 mi.)

Ptarmigan Campsite (1) From North Inlet Trailhead (6.7 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (10.0 mi.)

Porcupine Campsites (2) From North Inlet Trailhead (6.8 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead ( 9.9 mi.)

North Inlet Junction Campsites (2) From North Inlet Trailhead (7.5 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (9.2 mi.)

North Inlet Falls Campsite (1) From North Inlet Trailhead (7.6 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (9.3 mi.)

Pine Marten Campsites (2) From North Inlet Trailhead (7.8 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (9.5 mi.)

July Campsites (3 + 1 group) From North Inlet Trailhead (9.7 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (7 mi.)

Green Mountain Campsite (1) From Green Mountain Trailhead (1.8 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (4.4 mi.)  Lodgepole is CLOSED

Paintbrush Campsite (1) From Green Mountain Trailhead (2.3 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (3.9 mi.)

South Meadows Campsite (1) From Green Mountain Trailhead (2.0 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (4.4 mi.)

Big Meadows Group Campsite (1 group) From Green Mountain Trailhead (1.9 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (4.3 mi.)

Sunset Campsite (1) From Green Mountain Trailhead (3.0 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (5.7 mi.)

Sunrise Campsite (1) From Green Mountain Trailhead (3.5 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (6.2 mi.)

Lower Granite Falls Campsites (2) From Green Mountain Trailhead (5.1 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (7.7 mi.)

Granite Falls Campsites (2) From Green Mountain Trailhead (5.4 mi.), From Tonahutu Trailhead (8.0 mi.)

Tonahutu Meadows Campsites (2) From Green Mountain Trailhead (6.2 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (8.5 mi.)

Tonahutu Group Campsites (1 group/stock) From Green Mountain Trailhead (6.6 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (8.1 mi.)

Renegade Campsite (1) From Green Mountain Trailhead (7.3 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (7.7 mi.)

Haynach Campsites (2 llama) From Green Mountain Trailhead (7.2 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (8.2 mi.)

Timberline Group Campsite (1 group) From Green Mountain Trailhead (7.4 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (7.6 mi.)

Onahu Creek Campsite (1) From Onahu Creek Trailhead (2.4 mi.)

Upper Onahu Campsite (1) From Onahu Creek Trailhead (2.8 mi.)

Onahu Bridge Campsite (1) From Onahu Creek Trailhead (2.9 mi.)

Valley View Campsite (1) From CO River Trailhead via Red Mountain Trail (3.2 mi.)

Hitchens Gulch Dispersed Camping Campsite (1) From CO River Trailhead via Red Mountain Trail (5.8 mi)

Ditch Camp Campsites (1 + 1 group/stock) From CO River Trailhead via Lulu City (4.6 mi.), From La Poudre Pass Trailhead (3.8 mi.)

Skeleton Gulch Campsite (1) From CO River Trailhead via Lulu City (6.2 mi.), From La Poudre Pass Trailhead (4.8 mi.)

La Poudre Pass Campsite (1) From CO River Trailhead via Lulu City (6.7 mi.), From La Poudre Pass Trailhead (.4 mi.)

Region 2 - The alpine, Known for spectacular tundra

Timber Creek Campsites (2) From Timber Lake Trailhead (3.0 mi.)

Jack Straw Campsites (2) From Timber Lake Trailhead (4.0 mi.)

Rockslide Campsite (1) From Timber Lake Trailhead (4.5 mi.)

Snowbird Campsites (2) From Timber Lake Trailhead (4.6 mi.)

Region 3 - North of Hwys 34, 36 & Estes Park, -  known for wilderness escape

Boundary Creek Campsites (2) From Dunraven Trailhead (4.6 mi.)

Silvanmere Campsites (2) From Dunraven Trailhead (5.6 mi.)

Halfway Campsites (3) From Dunraven Trailhead (5.6 mi.)

Aspen Meadow Group Campsite (1 group) From Dunraven Trailhead (5.9 mi.)

Happily Lost Campsites (3) From Dunraven Trailhead (6.2 mi.)

Sugarloaf Campsite (1) From Dunraven Trailhead (8.2 mi.)

Stormy Peaks South Campsite (1) From Dunraven Trailhead (8.6 mi.), From Pingree Park Trailhead (7.4 mi.)

Stormy Peaks Campsite (1) From Dunraven Trailhead (11.0 mi.), From Pingree Park Trailhead (5.0 mi.)

Lost Meadow Campsite (1 + 1 group/stock) From Dunraven Trailhead (8.4 mi.)

Lost Lake Campsites (4) From Dunraven Trailhead (9.7 mi.)

Rabbit Ears Campsite (1) From Cow Creek Trailhead (1.4 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead via Gem Lake (5.0 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead via Black Canyon Trail (6.1 mi.)

Peregrine Campsite (1) From Cow Creek Trailhead (2.0 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead via Gem Lake (5.6 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead via Black Canyon Trail (5.5 mi.)

McGregor Mountain Campsites (2) From Cow Creek Trailhead (4.6 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead (4.7 mi.)

Bighorn Mountain Campsite (1 group/stock) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (6.8 mi.), From Cow Creek Trailhead (7.0 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead (7.1 mi.)

Lower Tileston Campsite (1) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (6.6 mi), From Cow Creek Trailhead (7.2 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead (7.3 mi.)

Tileston Meadows Campsites (2) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (6.3 mi.), From Cow Creek Trailhead (7.5 mi.), From Lumpy Ridge Trailhead (7.6 mi.)

Upper Chipmunk Campsites (2) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (4.2 mi.)

Cutbank Campsite (1) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (2.4 mi.)

Golden Banner Campsites (2) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (2.5 mi.)

Lawn Lake Campsites (4 + 1 indiv/stock) From Lawn Lake Trailhead (6.2 mi.)

Chapin Creek Group Campsite (1 group) From Poudre River Trailhead (6.1 mi.), From Corral Creek Trailhead (5.5 mi.)

Hague Creek Campsites (1 + 1 group) From Corral Creek Trailhead (1.6 mi.), From Poudre River Trailhead (9.0 mi.)

Flatiron Campiste (1) From Corral Creek Trailhead (2.3 mi.), From Poudre River Trailhead (9.6 mi.)

Mummy Pass Creek Campsite (1) From Corral Creek Trailhead (4.6 mi.), From Pingree Park Trailhead (6.5 mi.)

Mirror Lake Campsites (3) From Corral Creek Trailhead (6.0 mi.), From Pingree Park Trailhead (7.9 mi.)

Region 4 - Bear Lake, the Heart of the East side - Known for easy access with great views & lake hikes

Little Rock Lake Campsite (1) No Trails to this site - Approximately 6.0 mi. From Milner Pass Trailhead

Ute Meadow Campsite (1 llama) From Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, Ute Trail (2.7 mi.), From Ute Crossing Trailhead (3.6 mi.)

Arch Rock Campsite (1) From Fern Lake Trailhead (1.6 mi.)

Old Forest Inn Campsites (2) From Fern Lake Trailhead (1.7 mi.)

Fern Lake Campsites (4 + 1 group) From Fern Lake Trailhead (3.8 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (4.7 mi.)

Spruce Lake Campsites (2) From Fern Lake Trailhead, Spruce Lake Trail (4.6 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (5.5 mi.)

Odessa Lake Campsites (2) From Bear Lake Trailhead (4.1 mi.), From Fern Lake Trailhead (4.4 mi.)

Sourdough Campsite (1) From Bear Lake Trailhead, Fern Lake Trail (2.5 mi.), From Fern Lake Trailhead (6.0 mi.)

Cub Creek Campsite (1) From Cub Lake Trailhead (2.2 mi.)

Mill Creek Basin Campsite (1) From Hollowell Park Trailhead, Mill Creek Trail (1.8 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (2.5 mi.)

Upper Mill Creek Basin Campsite (1) From Hollowell Park Trailhead, Mill Creek Trail (1.7 mi.), From Bear Lake Trailhead (2.3 mi.)

Wind River Bluff Campsite (1) From East Portal Trailhead, Glacier Creek Trail (1.0 mi.)

Over the Hill Campsite (1) From East Portal Trailhead (1.3 mi.), from Sprague Lake Trailhead (2.2 mi.)

Upper Wind River Campsite (1) From East Portal Trailhead, Storm Pass Trail (1.6 mi.)

Boulder Brook Campsites (2 + 1 group) From Glacier Gorge Trailhead on North Longs Peak Trail (3.9 mi.), From Sprague Lake Trailhead & Storm Pass Trailhead (2.8 mi.)

Glacier Gorge Campsite (1) From Glacier Gorge Trailhead (3.8 mi.)

Andrews Creek Campsite (1) From Glacier Gorge Trailhead, Trail to Lake of Glass/Andrew's Glacier, North Longs Peak Trail (3.6 mi.)

Sprague Lake Camp (1 group) From Sprague Lake Trailhead (0.5 mi.)

Region 5 - Long's Peak & Wild Basin - Known for waterfalls & backcountry

Moore Park Campsites (2) From Long's Peak Trailhead (1.7 mi.)

Goblins Forest Campsites (6) From Long's Peak Trailhead (1.2 mi.)

Battle Mountain Group Campsite (1 group) From Long's Peak Trailhead (2.8 mi.)

Boulderfield Campsites (9) From Long's Peak Trailhead, East Long's Peak Trail (6.0 mi.)

Hole-in-the-Wall Campsite (1) From Sandbeach Lake Trailhead (1.9 mi.)

Campers Creek Campsite (1) From Sandbeach Lake Trailhead (2.3 mi.)

Beaver Mill Campsite (1) From Sandbeach Lake Trailhead (3.0 mi.)

Sandbeach Lake Campsites (4 + 1 group) From Sandbeach Lake Trailhead (4.2 mi.)

Pine Ridge Campsites (2) From Wild Basin Trailhead (1.4 mi.)

Tahosa Campsite (2) From Wild Basin Trailhead (1.7 mi.)

Aspen Knoll (1 llama) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Unimproved Trail (2.3 mi.)

Siskin Campsite (1) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Thunder Lake Trail (3.7 mi.)

North St. Vrain Campsites (2) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Thunder Lake Trail (3.5 mi.)

Thunder Lake Campsites (4 + 1 indiv/stock)  From Wild Basin Trailhead, Thunder Lake Trail (6.8 mi.)

Ouzel Lake Campsite (1) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Bluebird Lake Trail, Ouzel Lake Trail (4.9 mi.)

Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite (1) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Bluebird Lake Trail, Ouzel Lake Trail (5.6 mi.)

Finch Lake Campsites (2 + 1 group/stock) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Finch Lake Trail (4.6 mi.)

Pear Creek Campsites (3) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Finch Lake Trail, Pear Lake Trail (6.4 mi.)

Pear Lake Campsite (1) From Wild Basin Trailhead, Finch Lake Trail, Pear Lake Trail (6.6 mi.)

CLOSED CAMPSITES:

Kettle Tarn, Lost Falls, Stormy Peaks Group, Ypsilon Creek, Cascade Falls, Foot Bridge, Opposition Creek, Red Gulch Group, Dutch Town, Stage Road, Box Canyon, Cache, Desolation, Koenig (stock)