The Monarch Park Campground will remain closed for the remainder of the 2015 season.
This campground is heavily wooded and one of the area's prettiest sites. The elevation is 10,500 feet, and visitors should plan for cool nighttime temperatures. Some campsites are located near the south fork of the Little Arkansas River.
No RV's hookups or showers are available.
At a Glance
Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
$18.00 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 45 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.
Poncha Springs, CO Salida, CO
Potable Water, No showers, Limited water available - no water hookups
Vault Toilets, 1 handicapped accessible
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.
From Poncha Springs travel west on Highway 50 for about 15 miles, then south on County Road 231 to the Monarch Park Campground.
The campground is not universally accessible. One restroom is handicapped accessible.
Due to the elevation, temperatures can be cold at night.
Parking is limited to the parking spur provided with each site.
Camping & Cabins
Monarch Park campground can accomodate RV's up to 45 ft. in length. No electrical or sewer hookups are available. The nearest dump station is in Salida behind the Chamber of Commerce building located on Highway 50.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Monarch Park campground is located on the banks of the South Fork of the Arkansas River. Beaver ponds are near the entrance to the campground and are a great fishing spot for families with young children.
Popular trails that are near Monarch Park campground include Waterdog Lakes, the Monarch Crest Trail and the Hunt and Boss Lakes trails.
For detailed information or maps of these trails, please contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or stop by our office at 325 W. Rainbow Blvd., Salida, CO