RMNP Website Planning
I have never found the RMNP (Rocky Mountain National Park) website to be very user friendly when it comes to trip planning. Even when using the RMNP Backcountry Camping Guide. I found it difficult to get the campsite information in the corner of the brochure and match them up to the sites on the map.
I have always thought that it would be nice to be viewing a large scale map of the park on a web page and choose an area of interest, then click on the area to view it. With the next view it would be nice to be able to see the trails and the campsites; then being able to click on a campsite to view its information.
All of this information is available on the RMNP website, but yet it is not very user friendly. First you view the RMNP backcountry map. Switch pages to a list of areas in the park backcountry then click on the area of interest. On these sub pages the trails are depicted along with the campsites. From here you have to go back to List of areas page and find the campsite that you are interested in. The table is broken into numerical order and by park area.
Then it would be back to the main map again to start all over to research a different area.
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This link will take you to the RMNP backcountry map. The map itself is a clickable link. Clicking on one of the 9 areas and it will take you to a map of that area. These areas are: Bear Lake, Corral Creek, East Inlet, Lawn Lake, Longs Peak, North Fork, North Inlet, Onahu, Timber Lake and Wild Basin. The Offtrail areas will take you to a page with a table that list the Site code, Area name and allowed parties within that area.
The 10 areas show the trails and the campsite general locations. Clicking on the campsite will take you to that particular campsites information.
All of this information has come from the RMNP website. I attempt to keep it updated, but the National Park Service can update their information any time. After using these pages please verify the information on the Official RMNP website.
You may make backcountry reservations only online or by phone1 after March 1 starting at 0800 MT for a permit for that year. Backcountry permits are limited. There is a $30 non-refundable reservation fee. To see if the site you want is available follow this link. An example of the online reservation form can also be viewed by clicking here.
In RMNP the Park Service implemented free shuttles to help reduce traffic and parking congestion. They are The Hikers Shuttle, The Bear Lake and Moraine Park Shuttle and the Shoppers Shuttle in Estes Park.
The Three shuttle maps are also viewable from the main park map. The Hikers Shuttle departs the Visitors Center in Estes Park and runs to the Park and Ride parking lot where you can catch either the Bear Lake or Moraine Park Shuttle.
The Bear Lake Shuttle stops at Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, Glacier Gorge Trailhead and Bear Lake Trailhead. The Moraine Park Shuttle stops at Glacier Basin Campground, Hollowell Park, Tuxedo Park, Moraine Park Museum, Moraine Park Campground, C Loop, Cub Lake Trailhead and Fern Lake Trailhead.
I hope you have an enjoyable trip to RMNP. Please review The Leave no Trace principles, Weather and the Ten Essentials here or on the RMNP website.
As of 12Nov18 of the 120 Backcountry Camp site 21 are unavailable. I have included these campsites information but have noted that these sites are unavailable at this time. This information will be updated as information become available.
I hope you find this information useful. Please send me a comment if you find any errors of if you would like to see additional information.
by John Dragotto