The Chalk Creek Canyon is one of the valley's most popular areas. Iron City campground 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.
At a Glance
$15.00; No fee or services during fall and winter No Reservations are taken for this campground. All campsites are first-come, first-served.
Max RV length 25 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.
Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
1 vault toilet
Senior and Access passes are honored at this site.
Contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
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.