Longs Peak Area
Camping in RMNP
In years past I've avoided RMNP in the summer due to the crowds, and the hassle of securing a backcountry campsite many months in advance. However, I just realized that there are a number of backcountry zones in more remote areas of the park which are in general not accessed by trails. In the map below, backcountry campsites are indicated with black triangles and the cross-country zones are indicated in light solid green. A higher resolution pdf can be downloaded below.
Interactive Caltopo map of RMNP
I put the majority of my Google Earth (read: GPS) files for Rocky Mountain National Park onto this Caltopo map. It includes all of the mapping information required for planning an overnight trip in the park, including car campgrounds, designated backcountry campsites and even the technical cross-country zones (which are very hard to find which forced me to draw them myself). It also includes other placemarks like mountain passes, peaks, lakes, waterfalls, meadows, trailheads, trails etc. Of particular interest is a collection of various mountaineering routes in the park. Some of these are taken from my own gps tracks, other peoples GPS tracks I found online, and also simply sketching an approximate route onto the maps based off of guidebooks.
- Interactive Caltopo Map of RMNP: https://caltopo.com/m/TNT4
My RMNP Google Earth Files
The kmz file Has standard placemarks like peaks, lakes, waterfalls, backcountry campsites, cross country zones etc. The cross-country zones are crudely drawn by me using the polygon tool in Google Earth and are thus only roughly correct. I've also included official RMNP trails in orange, and area roads in white.