Rocky Mountain National Park, Camping, Family, Memories

Rocky Mountain National Park Valley

Rocky Mountain National Park

My family has recently discovered camping as a summer activity. At first I was reluctant… tent, bugs, dirt, and a 9 month old baby did not seem like a good time, BUT I couldn’t say no to my 11 year old. I have taken many family trips, but this one takes the cake on preparation and effort. Equipment needs to be purchased (not cheap), reservations need to be made several weeks before you go, and a menu needs to be planned. All this being said… this trip brings us together in ways that our other trips don’t. We are stuck together without TV, Electronics, Movies, etc. We have nature, campfires, card games, hikes, streams, tents, animals, and each other to enjoy.

The Rocky Mountain National Park is one of a kind. The campgrounds are clean and beautiful, and the hiking trails are well marked and lead to sites that only exist in movies. Our favorite campground is AspenGlen Campround. The rangers are especially helpful and the views of the mountains and rock formations are amazing. My preferred length of time is 2 nights, it is just enough time for 2 night campfires, a good hike, and some time to relax at camp.

My kids have been to many places including Disneyland and Hawaii, but there is something very special about leaving the world behind, sleeping in a tent with your parents, and enjoying all that God has made. So yes, we have gone for 3 years now and we are already planning next year, and I am doing it with a smile!

Helpful Planning Tips

Personal Items needed for a Campout

Sleeping Bag Pillow Air Matteress & Pump
Flashlight & Lantern Tent & Rubber Mallott Ground Cloth
Dust Pan Sun Hat Beenie Hat (for night)
Toiletries Hiking Footwear Clothes for 2 days
Card Games Book

Items needed in a Day Pack for Hiking

Hiking Backpack First Aid Kit Compass
Whistles Binoculars Extra Socks
Emergency Poncho Emergency Blanket Bug Spray
Sunscreen Water Bottles Camera
Lunch Trail Mix Lip Balm

Items needed for preparing food

Stove/Fuel Spatula Bowls, Plates, Cups & Silverware
Frying Pan Dutch Oven Pot
Matches Wood & Briquettes Paper Towels
Wash & Drying Cloths Dish Soap Roasting Sticks
Stirring Spoon Table Cloth & Duct Tape Can Opener
Table if not provided by campground 5 Garbage Bags Hot Pads
Knives Bowls for Mixing Tongs for picking up briquettes if you are trying Dutch Oven Cooking
Cooler & Ice

Sample Menu for Easy Cooking for a 2 Night Campout

This menu will not require all that I have on the list of items needed for preparing food, so if you go this easy, you can leave some of it at home!

First Night First Breakfast Lunch Second Night Last Breakfast
Hamburgers & S’mores Breakfast Burritos that are made at home and wrapped in aluminum foil ready to put over the fire in order to warm up Sandwiches & Chips Chili & Hot Dogs & Easy Dump Peach Cobbler Oatmeal & Hot Chocolate
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Passions in my life include: Family, Vacations, Reading, God, Financial Planning, and Technology. I stay at home with my 4 lovely children who keep me running from one end of town to the other.

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