Rocky Mountain National Park: Moraine Park Area - Beaver Meadow, Moraine Park Campground, Cub Lake Trail

Moraine Park | Introduction

Moraine Park is in theRocky Mountain National ParkNortheast area. Most visitors to Rocky Mountain come to this area because Moraine Park is on the way to Bear Lake, the most popular area. Many people think of Moraine Park and Bear Lake as one and the same because they are so close together, connected by the Bear lake road, that many people come to Rocky Mountain just to take a day trip to these two areas. In Moraine Park, there are many Elks, it is very easy to see them, if you like to see wildlife, don't miss it. It is also recommended to stop by Moraine Park at sunset, because the sunset view here is amazing.

To drive to Moraine Park, you can enter through the Beaver Meadows entrance. If you want to stay in the national park and like to camp, it is the best place to stay for one night, there are two campgrounds in Moraine Park.Moraine Park Campground, and Glacier Basin CampgroundFor those who are not used to camping, Moraine Park is close to the nearby town of Estes Park. For those who are not used to camping, Moraine Park is quite close to the neighboring town of Estes Park, and there is a free shuttle bus to and from Estes Park.

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Camping Tips | Moraine Park Campground

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Moraine Park Campground is the only campground on the Rocky Mountain National Park campus that is open all seasons, and if it's between fall and early spring, it's the only camping option. We visited Moraine Park Campground for two nights in the fall of 2022 and were very impressed with the campground. First of all, the location is very convenient, there are many nearby attractions, you can easily avoid the crowds in the morning to go to Bear Lake, and in the evening you can see the sunset and go to nearby Cub Lake and Beaver Meadow to see the Elk.

The campground has a platform for pitching tents, and the tenting location is quite flat and comfortable. We came in the fall and encountered rain, I thought the weather would be too wet and cold, but in fact, this location has plenty of sunshine, and the ground dries up quickly after the rain, because we did not bring much stuff on the plane, except for the tent, we only brought a simple tent.Canopy (Amazon link)It's a good place to sleep at night as long as you have plenty of clothes. The toilets, picnic tables and other equipment are still quite new, and there is even hand sanitizer in the toilets. Of course, the most important thing is that the scenery here is very beautiful. Our location is facing the mountains and a large grassland, surrounded by forests, and we can see the beautiful autumn scenery when we wake up in the morning.

Attractions & Trails | Beaver Meadow

Beaver Meadow is a large grassland, the easiest place to see elks is here, drive over to the roadside you can see large groups of elks, we passed by a few times, we saw a lot of tourists watching the animals. When we came here at dusk, we saw a big group of elks grazing on the roadside. Remember not to disturb them when you are watching the animals here, because the bucks are more defensive and aggressive when there are so many people. Soon after we watched the animals, some people got too close and the bucks suddenly rushed to the roadside, the ranger who was there to maintain order told everyone to back off.

Attractions & Trails | Cub Lake Trail

Cub Lake Trail is a bigger trail in Moraine Park area, it is quite close to Moraine Park Campground, and is also one of the stops in the shuttle route, but probably because there are too many trails in Bear Lake, fewer people would come to Cub Lake Trail.

The trail is a little long and moderately difficult, with a total round trip length of 4.6 miles. the fall colors are beautiful along the way, and I saw a nice sunset and lots of wildlife here.

After only a few hundred feet of walking, you begin to see a large meadow where a large number of Elk are eating their dinner.

Continue through the meadow and into the woods. Continuing on, we could have gone to Bear Lake, but the park's website said that the second half of the trail was burned down due to a forest fire a few years ago. However, the park website said that the second half of the trail was burned down due to the forest fire a few years ago. Since it was already late in the evening when we came here, we only walked for about 1 mile before we turned back. There are still wildflowers around this section of the trail, so it must be very beautiful in spring. I think it will be very beautiful in spring.

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