Rocky Mountain National Park Seeks Public Comment on Moraine Park Campground and Surrounding Areas | RMNP News
Rocky Mountain National Park is seeking public engagement and feedback on proposed changes and improvements to infrastructure at Moraine Park Campground and surrounding areas. The proposed project will take place in the eastern part of the park, at the following locations:
Moraine Park Campground (MPCG)
The northeast section of Moraine Park was concentrated near the Moraine Park Discovery Center, the portion of Bear Lake Road just west of the Moraine Park Discovery Center, and along the Moraine Park and Fern Lake Roads .
MPCG is accessible via Bear Lake Road and is the largest of the park’s five frontcountry campgrounds. It is open year-round and has 244 campsites that can accommodate a variety of types of camping equipment, including RVs up to 40 feet, sprinter vans, and tents. More than 30,000 campers stay at the MPCG each year.
The proposed project will include repairs and upgrades to the water, sewage and electrical distribution systems serving MPCG, areas adjacent to Moraine Park, Beaver Meadows entrance facilities and park accommodations located on the western portion of High Drive within the park boundaries. This infrastructure was installed in the 1960s and has far exceeded the typical lifespan of 30 years. This project will also relocate power lines underground to reduce damage to the system caused by snow, wind, falling tree branches, electrical hazards or forest fires.
The Moraine Park Campground and Utilities Rehabilitation Project will be funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). GAOA’s National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Restoration Fund, supported by energy development revenues, provides up to $1.9 billion annually for five years to make significant improvements to national parks and other public lands to ensure their preservation and to provide opportunities for recreation, education and enjoyment for current and future visitors.
The GAOA, the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and other sources of construction funding are part of a concerted effort to address the significant maintenance backlog in national parks. With funding from GAOA, Rocky Mountain National Park will be able to address critical deferred maintenance issues at MPCG and nearby areas related to water and wastewater systems and electric utilities that serve thousands of visitors each year.
At MPCG, this proposed project will also improve the visitor experience by rehabilitating the ranger station, replacing the campground entrance gazebo, and improving the area near the dump station. Additionally, the project will upgrade approximately 15 campsites to improve accessibility, address flooding and drainage issues, and improve the health of nearby wetlands. Another camp site will be added to the campground and electrical service will be extended to approximately 60 RV campsites. No changes are planned for the existing sanitary buildings, the amphitheater or the campground shuttle stop. There may be temporary closures and impacts to the Moraine Park Discovery Center and along the Bear Lake, Moraine Park and Fern Lake roads.
Why is this project important? MPCG’s water and utility infrastructure has not been updated since the campground was built in the 1960s. Increased visitor use, changing recreation trends, the the need to improve access for all campers and the deferred maintenance of critical water and utility systems have all created a need to rehabilitate the campground and surrounding areas.
It is anticipated that MPCG will be closed for project construction from late May 2023 through June 1, 2024. Additional project work will occur in the campground after June 1 and some campsites may be affected or temporary closures may occur .
Public engagement is an important part of the park planning process. Rocky Mountain National Park is accepting public comment via PEPC on this proposed project for 30 days, beginning March 10, 2022. To learn more, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/rehabilitateMPCG. To leave a comment on the PEPC page of the project, click on the “Open for comments” link located on the left side of the screen.
Comments may also be submitted by mail to:
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 highway 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
Please note, before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, that your entire comment – including all of your personally identifying information – may be made public at any time. Although you may request in your comment not to disclose your personally identifying information to the public, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, visit www.nps.gov/romo or call the park information office at (970) 586-1206.