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Timber Creek Campground
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Timber Creek Campground © Billy Hathorn / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
I took photo with Canon camera at RMNP, CO.
Timber Creek Campground © Billy Hathorn / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
I took photo with Canon camera at RMNP, CO.
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Grand Lake, Colorado   80447
(lat:40.3785 lon:-105.8521) map location

Phone: 970-586-1206
Timber Creek Campground is the only campground on the west side of the park. Located at 8900 feet 3000 m along the Colorado River about eight miles north of the Grand Lake entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. A mountain pine beetle infestation caused most of the trees to be removed, so there is no shade at campsites. There is also a limit on vehicle length of no longer then 30ft allowed in Timber Creek Campground.

Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. Visitors enjoy the park's various lake trails Bear Lake, Cub Lake, Mills Lake, waterfall trails Adams Falls, Alberta Falls, Ouzel Falls and summit trails Deer Mountain, Twin Sisters Peaks, Flattop Mountain.

The park also offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes, including Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Trail Ridge Road reaches 12,183' above sea level and is America's highest continuous highway. It climbs above the park's evergreen forests to its windswept alpine tundra, where visitors enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Driving along the historic Old Fall River Road is like motoring through an earlier era. Constructed in 1920, this steep, one-way, uphill, gravel road punctuated by switchbacks quietly leads travelers from Horseshoe Park through the park's wilderness to Fall River Pass, 11,796' above sea level.

Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park, and seasonal nighttime programs.

Timber Creek Camgpround contains single family tent-only sites, walk-to sites, and RV sites 30ft or less without hookups. There is no group camping at Rimber Creek Campground. If you are looking for a group site, please check Glacier Basin Camground located on the east side of the park located off of the Bear Lake Road. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, and fire ring with grate.

During the summer season, a dump station is located in the campground and is open for use to all campers. Additional dumpsters and recycling areas are scattered throughout the campground for the camper's convenience.

Timber Creeek campground has not only experienced mountin pine beetle infestation killing many of the trees but also most recently wildfire. This results in almost no shade in the campground but it provides for an opportunity to see forest regrowth. Wildflowers can fill sounding meadows and a mix of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and ponderosa pine are all around as you explore the park.

Wildlife is plentiful in the park mule deer, and the majestic Rocky Mountain elk are th emost commonly seen. Black bear, coyote, bighorn sheep and moose inhabit the region as well, but can be harder to stumble upon.

The town of Grand Lake lies just 8 mies outside the parks west entrance. Dining, shopping, and other recreational activities can be found there.

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From Grand Lake, Colorado head north on US HWY 34/TrailRidge Road. AFter 8 miles, follow signs to Timber Creek Camgpround. The campground will be on the left.


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