Iron City Campground is located within the Chalk Creek Canyon, which is one of the valley's most popular areas. This is a small campground with 15 campsites. It is located near the historic townsite of St. Elmo. The historic Iron City cemetery is located on the east end of the campground.
An interpretive sign at the entrance to the cemetery provides information on the early settlers and miners who are buried there.
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.
Please note, vault toilet is available only during peak season
At a Glance
Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
This is a first-come, first-served campground. No reservation is required.
$16.00 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 (RV).
Maximum RV length is 25 ft.
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
Vault toilet is available only during peak season
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.
Peak season: 05/15-09/14; Post season: 09/15-09/28. Peak season is a full-service time period. Post season has reduced service such as water, trash, or a host may not be available.
During peak season, the campground is a full-service campground. Pre- and post seasons have reduced services such as vault toilets, water, trash, or a host may not be available.
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. Travel west on CR 162 for 16 miles to the junction with CR 292, just east of the historic townsite of St. Elmo. Turn right onto CR 292 and travel for .5 miles to the campground.
This site is not universally accessible.
Parking is limited to the parking spurs provided at each site. Trailers and extra vehicles must park on the spurs provided; not behind campsites or adjacent to parking spurs.
Camping & Cabins
Iron City campground has 15 sites and is located within walking distance of the historic townsite of St. Elmo. No reservations are taken for sites in this campground. The campground is located in such a way that the campsites straddled County Road 292. This road is open to all types of motorized vehicles including OHV's and motorcycles.
River and Stream Fishing
Fishing is available in Chalk Creek located along the southern edge of the campground. Access to the stream is best near the bridge on the road to the campground.
OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Road Riding
Iron City campground is popular spot for OHV riders because registered ATV's and motorcycles can ride from the campground to access points for Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Pomeroy and Hancock Lakes and Williams Pass.
County Road 162 which is the main road that travels up the canyon to St. Elmo, is closed to OHV riding. Forest Road 292 through the Iron City campground is open to registered OHV's.
ATV's and motorcycles are not permitted off of parking spurs or roadways in the campground.