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Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground)

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


US Hwy 34
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80447
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Sites: 98
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 40.37911
Longitude: -105.85001

Elevation: 8951' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone yes
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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9 Reviews

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Review Count: 68
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Another fairly traditional NPS campground. You can't make a reservation, so get there early if you can to find a good spot. We arrived around lunch time on a Monday in September and had plenty of spots to choose from. The campground was at least mostly full by sundown. There are a good variety of sites all with a picnic table and a fire ring. We drove around until we found one that we liked. That is the best part of not having a reservation! Bathrooms are very basic, but do provide a toilet and sink. You can get firewood at the front of the campground. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Recently ravaged by the pine bark beetles, this was once a very shady pine needle carpeted campground. Evidence if the dead trees remain on the slopes. Today it is a recovering sunny meadow with many small trees that are beginning to encroach on the interior roads and campsites. This is the only non-reservable RV accessible CG in RMNP during the summer and is often full by late afternoon. Many of the perimeter sites are tent only. All the sites in the loops have tent pads along with back-in or pull through parking for RVs. There is a 30' limit but only a few sites can accommodate that size. As all sites are 1st come, expect that a long site could be occupied by a tent. Summer nights are chilly with temps in the 40s. Days are generally warm and sunny, but gusty thunderstorms can kick up with little warning. The rest rooms are cold water, no showers. Each loop has at least one non-threaded freshwater spigot. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The paper offered at the entrance or visitor center lists the schedule of ranger led activities and there's a ranger program each night (ex. Sun). The tourist town of Grand Lake has enough restaurants and ice cream stands. The town of Granby has a very nice grocery. The old ranch campfire program, currently on Friday at the Holzwarth HS is a lot of fun for young and old.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We definitely miss the trees but this is a natural process and an example of how a forest regrows from a meadow. Elk frequent the campground in the mornings and evenings. Moose and bear can be seen nearby. The standard rate of $26 seems high for dry camping. There is a posted 30' RV length limit. Most sites are designed for tents or small camper vehicles. All sites are 1st come 1st serve and the campground fills often by mid-afternoon. 8900' elevation in Kauwanechee Valley often sees 40 degree overnight temps in July. Interior roads and parking are all asphalt. Tent pads at each site. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
64
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are several foot trails nearby, evening ranger presentations at the adjacent amphitheater, small stream next to campground is the beginning of the Colorado River. Gas, groceries, restaurants in town of Grand Lake (10 mi). Currently the closest laundromat is in the town of Granby (24 mi). Trail Ridge Road, Kauwanechee Visitor Center. Holzwarth historic site. Fly fishing in Colorado River.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

No trees -- beetles killed them all. Not pretty, and there was little privacy between sites. But views of surrounding mountains were very good as a result, and stars at night were great for the same reason. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Still a nice campground even without the trees. The mountain pine beetles that have killed so many of the majestic tall straight pines trees in Colorado, have sadly struck here too. Over a couple years the various loops have been closed and the dead trees removed. The tallest trees left in the parking areas are at most 10-12 foot tall - but growing and healthy. During tree removal, it appears that the campground layout was changed to have fewer sites with more room between sites. I don't remember if the sites were asphalt before, but they are level. Most sites are back-in and available for tents or RVs, some sites are tent only set up for small groups, and some RV only sites are pull through. I enjoy ranger talks, but lightening cancelled the evening's program. On the nice night, a ranger gave a very informed and specific talk about geology of the tundra to the lower treed areas - very nice! Fortunately, the rainy night happened after the herd of at least a dozen female elk meandered through the campground with the lone male, and two babies. We watched for about an hour and one-half as the fire-rings provided an ash snack for the females. We will return. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a really fun place to camp. Elk come thru the campground daily and moose often graze near-by. The best way to find moose is get out on the road early in the morning. If you see cars stopping you can bet either moose or elk are near. There are many wonderful hiking trails near the campground. Grand Lake is just outside the gate. This side of the national park is not as congested as the Estes Park side so if avoiding crowds is high on your preference list Timber Creek is the place to be. Like most national parks the campgrounds are basic. No hookups or showers but there are flush toilets. Timber Creek was built for tents. With all the trees out, RVs can get into about 20 of the 98 sites. There are no reservations. According to the host the campground rarely fills but if you need more than 20 feet of pad you should have an alternate just in case. Mine was Sunset Point in the Arapaho National Forest--located between Granby and Grand Lake. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 114
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is dry camping, so no showers are available. I am rating an 8 based on this being a national park campground, not on hookup availability. A well designed dump station is at the entrance, along with a fresh water tank fill station. Water spigots, some threaded, some not, are located throughout the campground. The entire campground has been denuded of trees due to the pine beetle and the associated blue fungus. Sad to see how barren it is. However, the tree removal tradeoff is the great views of the nearby Never Summer Mountains. There are some pull through sites, but many are back in. Lots of tenters. Sites are well spaced apart, fire rings and tables at every site. Wildlife very abundant, including 12 elk in the campground, a moose, mule deer, and apparently every now and then a black bear will go through. Be careful of getting near moose, they are aggressive in this park. Walks to the Colorado River abound with animals and wildflowers. Rainy during our three day stay. I would suggest not leaving awnings open while hiking or driving to Alpine Visitor Center due to winds. Bring a coat. In July, morning temps were in the upper 30s every day. Tenters frequent the bathrooms. If you are in a camper, plan to use your own because by day's end, the bathrooms are beginning to show use. No cell phone coverage here, must drive to Grand Lake Village for phone coverage. Internet available at Grand Lake Village library for free. Evening program on the only night we went was boring, but the amphitheater is state-of-the-art. We would camp here again. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 69
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Virtually every tree in the campground was killed by the pine beetle and has been cut down. So, the campground is pretty open. The lack of trees makes solar work well! That aside, the surroundings are very nice, with daily sitings of moose and elk. The roads have been re-paved and they were installing new picnic tables while we were here. There are limited RV sites, with an appropriate limit of 30' on length. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2005 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This was a great campground for seeing Rocky Mountain National Park. The west side of the park is much less crowded than the east side and even on Labor Day weekend the place was not chaotic. No hook-ups or showers, level sites, great shade, lots of trees; some road noise in the sites near Hwy 34 but lots of wildlife and beautiful views. Most sites were large enough for our 30 ft class A but did not see any that would accommodate anything larger than about 36 ft. Dump station was situated well enough but the tree branches on each side of the road could not be totally avoided. We would certainly stay here again. We camped at Timber Creek Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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