Collegiate Peaks Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Collegiate Peaks campground is heavily wooded with 56 campsites arranged along 3 loops. This campground offers visitors an opportunity for a quiet camping experience with plenty of space between campsites. The Middle Fork of Cottonwood Creek flows along the south side of the campground.

Nearby hiking trails include Ptarmigan Lake and the Denny Creek Trail. The Ptarmigan Lake trailhead is located about 2.75 miles west of Collegiate Peaks campground. Denny Creek is located 1 mile west of the campground and accesses the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area.

At a Glance

Reservations: For reservations visit: or call 1-877-444-6777. The following sites are reservable: 1,3-17, 20, 24, 32, 33,35-40 and A through O.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $17.00
Usage: Medium
  • Max RV length 50 ft.
  • Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. This campground requires 2 night minimum stay on weekends and 3 night minimum stay on holiday weekends. 
  • This campground does have first-come, first-served sites.
  • Due to the presence of endangered boreal toads (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) in the beaver ponds, anglers are asked to disinfect their waders and boots with a bleach and water solution. This is to prevent the spread of a chytrid fungus that can kill the tiny toads. Do not remove or injure the toads, their eggs or tadpoles.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista,CO
Water: Potable Water, No showers, Limited water available - no water hookups
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Salida Ranger District (719) 539-3591

General Information


From Buena Vista, CO, take Highway 306. At light, go west for 11 miles toward Cottonwood Pass. Campground is located on the left-hand side of the road. Highway 306 is paved on the east side of Cottonwood Pass.


Parking is limited to the parking pads provided at the campsites.


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Campground Camping

Status: Closed


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Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water