Cascade Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

The Chalk Creek Canyon is one of the valley's most popular areas. Visitors can access the area by traveling on Highway 285 from either Buena Vista or Salida. From Buena Vista travel south on Highway 285 for approximately 15 miles then turn right on County Road 162. Travel west on CR 162, past the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort (private), for about 9.5 miles. Cascade campground is located on the left side of the road just after the Cascade falls.

Camping and campfires are restricted in the Chalk Creek Canyon to developed campgrounds only. Campers who are unable to find a campsite in one of the four developed campground may camp above the townsite of St. Elmo on County Road 267 or near the Hancock townsite located 5 miles south on Forest Road 295. Additional camping is available in the Browns Creek area south of County Road 162 at the junction of County roads 270 and 272.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
$20.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. 
$6.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the SAME NIGHT.
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Open Season: 05/15/2015
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: May-September
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
Water: Water is available via a handpump.
Restroom: Restrooms are provided

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

General Information


This campground is located approximately 15 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado.


This campground has 3 universally accessible toilets.

General Notes:

There are 21 sites in a partially wooded area. Restrooms are provided. There is no dump station available and no dumping of grey/waste water allowed. No electrical hookups are available.

This is an extremely busy campground and reservations are highly recommended during the busy summer months.

Check with the Salida Ranger District on exact opening and closing dates for this campground.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

This is a popular campground located in the Chalk Creek canyon south of Buena Vista, Colorado.

Reservation required?: Y

RV Camping

This a popular campground located south of Buena Vista, Colorado in the Chalk Creek canyon.

Reservations are recommended due to high volumes of visitors during the summer months. For reservations information call 1-877-444-677 or visit:

Usage: High use area from May through September. Reservations are recommended.
Best Season: Summer


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OHV Riding & Camping

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Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water