Summer Camping Gear Tip

Getting ready for your summer camping trip to Rocky Mountain National Park?  Here’s an insider tip to help you save money on the camping gear you need – we have shopped there for years to find the best outdoor brands at a discount.  Visit Sierra Trading Post – you’ll “love the deals” so that you can “live the adventure” (their slogan).  

Here are a few of my favorites:  

  • for great layering and hiking socks look for washable merino wool by Smartwool or Icebreaker
  • for raingear, Mountain Hardware or Marmot

They have a great selection of hiking boots & shoes, trail running shoes, and mountaineering boots as well as tents and sleeping bags.  

Sign up for their email promotions, and watch for the best deals to come around.  I love their “Take an additional 35% off one item” deal – it can be used for a big ticket item that you’ve been waiting for, and if it’s already marked down – even sweeter!

Options for Camping Near Rocky Mountain National Park

Campsites often become full in the summer, so it's a good idea to make a reservation early.  If no spaces are available in Rocky Mountain National Park, there are some other good options available just down the road.  

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park™ of Estes has over 110 campsites available with several options to accommodate your needs - No Hook Up Tent Sites, Water & Electric Sites, Premium Water & Electric Sites, and Full Hookup Sites.  Prices range from $34/night Sunday through Thursday from May 8 to October 3 to $69/night on a Friday or Saturday for a Premium Full Hook Up.  For more information or to reserve, call 970-658-2536 or check out their website.

There are two campsites managed by the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District:  The Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake and The Estes Park Campground at East Portal.  These are open from May 15th to October 15th.  Reservations can be made online at or through the call center at (800) 964-7806.  Rates for 2015 are $30/night for a non-water/electric campsite,  $40/night for a campsite with water and electric, and $45/night for a full hook-up campsite.  For more information and the guidelines for reserving you can go to the EVRPD website

There is also the Hermit Park Open Space campgrounds located 2 miles from Estes Park and is open year-round.  Reservations can be made 180 days in the future.  It has 108 campsites in 5 different campgrounds: Hermit's Hollow, Bobcat, Kruger Equestrian, Granite Gulch, and Camper Cabins.  Each of these can be reserved through the reservations call center at (800) 397-7795 or online at the Larimer County Camping website