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.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet Hours 10 pm to 6 am Check in : 2 pm Check-out: 12 pm
Reservations: For reservations visit: or call 1-877-444-6777. Reservable sites include: Sites 5, 6, 8-10, 13-18.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $17.00 per night, per site
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: May-September
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
Water: Water is available via a handpump.
Restroom: Restrooms are provided
Passes: Senior and Access passes are honored at this campground.
Operated By: Contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591

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.

Status: Closed
Fees: $17.00
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:

Status: Open
Fees: $15.00 per night
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