Car camping in Rocky Mtn National Park

We returned from our trip, Car camping in Rocky Mtn National Park, on Monday, October 14 2019.

The skies cleared after the first snow of fall as we headed up to Moraine Park in RMNP. Our all-boy crew of six wasted no time in instigating epic snowball wars once we arrived at the campground and got the tents set up. We then took a short hike down to the meadows to do some Tenkara-style fishing on the Big Thompson River. 

Wood-chopping was the skill of the day, and was much-needed as the night turned cold and windy. We had a dinner of cajun rice and beans followed by smores around the campfire and then turned in. The wind pretty much roared all night, nearly flattening the tents at times.

After a breakfast of french toast croissants, we saddled up and hiked 3 miles up the canyon of the Big Thompson to The Pool, where we got in some more fishing, rock climbing and snacking.

We returned in the afternoon for more fishing and games of camoflage in the meadow and forest. Because the wind was still howling we decided to pack up after sunset and head home. But first we enjoyed a dinner of Spam burritos.

 

 

Trip departure and return dates and time: 
Saturday, October 12 2019 10:00 AM to Monday, October 14 2019 2:00 PM
Trip Description: 

Fall is a great time to camp at nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. We'll enjoy fall colors, fishing and hiking in beautiful Moraine Park, and listen to elk bugle in the evenings. Our camp will be two walk-in sites at the edge of the campground and close to the forest and meadows.

Difficulty Rating: 
Max Number of Youth Participants: 
12
Min Number of Youth Participants: 
4
Age/ grade level(s): 
Middle (6-8)
Youth Permission Slip (to be filled out by parent/guardians and returned to the agency representative): 
Destination & Safety Info: 

Estes & Rocky Mountain National Park

Sierra Club Outings Phone: 
1-888-688-4647
Emergency Services Number(s): 
911