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
Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov 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.
$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.
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.
Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
Water is available via a handpump.
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.
Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
This campground is located approximately 15 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado.
This campground has 3 universally accessible toilets.
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
This is a popular campground located in the Chalk Creek canyon south of Buena Vista, Colorado.
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: www.recreation.gov
High use area from May through September. Reservations are recommended.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Chalk Creek is located across from Cascade Campground. Stream fishing is best above the Cascade Falls located to the west of the campground.
Chalk Lake is located one mile east of Cascade campground and is a great family fishing site.
OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Road Riding
There is abundant OHV riding near Cascade campground. ATV's and unlicensed off-road vehicles are not permitted on County Road 162 so riders must trailer their vehicles to designated OHV trailheads.
Popular rides include: Mount Antero, Baldwin Lake, Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Pomeroy Lakes, Hancock Lakes and Williams Pass (open during the month of August). Visitors should purchase a San Isabel National Forest map which shows the various roads in the Chalk Creek area. Maps are available at the Salida Ranger District office, 325 W. Rainbow Blvd., Salida, CO, 81201