Chalk Lake 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 7 miles then turn right on County Road 162. Chalk Lake campground is located 8 miles west.

Reservations: Visit or call 1-877-444-6777. Sites 2,3,5,6,10-13, 15-18 are reservable.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Quiet Hours 10 pm to 6 am Check in : 2 pm Check-out: 12 pm
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees $17.00 per night,
Permit Info: Special use permits are required for all types of commercial activity including outfitting and guiding. For more information, contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Max RV length 50 ft. 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, locate 5 mile south of CR 162 on Forest Road 295.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
Water: No Water available
Restroom: 2 vault toilets, ( one is handicapped accessible), Restrooms are provided, no showers
Passes: Senior and Access passes are honored at this site.
Operated By: Contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591

General Information


From Buena Vista, Colorado, take Highway 285 south for 7 miles to County Road 162. Turn west on County Road 162, traveling 8 miles to the Chalk Lake Campground.


This campground has one accessible toilet. No running water is available.

General Notes:

This is very popular campground and reservations are highly recommended during the summer months.


Park is limited to the parking pads provided at the individual campsites.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

This campground is small with only 18 sites. Small to medium sized RV's can fit into most sites. Length should not exceed 30 feet.

Status: Closed
Fees: $17.00 per night

RV Camping

This campground is best suited to small RV and trailers. No RV hookups are available. No running water is available.

OHV Riding & Camping

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Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping