The Chalk Creek Canyon is one of the valley's most popular areas. Mount Princeton campground is a small facility with 17 sites. A recent mountain pine beetle infestation caused many of the older ponderosa pines to die, so shade is not readily available in this campground.No RV`s hookups, showers or running water are available. Reservations: Visit www.Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. The following sites are reservable: 1,3-15,18 & 19
At a Glance
Quiet Hours 10 pm to 8 am Check in : 2 pm checkout is 12 pm
No Reservations taken after Labor Day.
Max RV length 45 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.
Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
No water available, No showers
2 vault toilets, 2 handicapped-accessible toilets, Restrooms are provided
Senior and access passes are honored at this site.
From Buena Vista travel south on Highway 285 for approximately 7 miles then turn right on County Road 162 and travel west, passing the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort (private), for 8.5 miles to the campground.
This campground is not universally accessible. Two restrooms are handicapped accessible.
Parking is limited to the parking spurs provided with each campsite.
Camping & Cabins
Mt. Princeton is a small campground with 17 campsites. Some of the sites have tent pads and all sites have a picnic table and fire ring.
No showers or electrical hookup are available. Potable water is available from a handpump.
River and Stream Fishing
Fishing is available in Chalk Creek. The best fishing is west of Cascade campground which is located 2 miles west of Mt. Princeton campground. Fishing is also available at Chalk Lake.
Popular day hikes near Mt. Princeton campground and in the Chalk Creek drainage include Agnes Vaille Falls trail and the Poplar Gulch trail near St. Elmo. For detailed maps in information, contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or stop by our office at 325 W. Rainbow Blvd., (Hwy 50) in Salida.
OHV Riding & Camping
OHV Road Riding
There is abundant OHV riding near Mt. Princeton campground. ATV's and unlicensed off-road vehicles are not permitted on County Road 162 so riders must trailer their vehicles to designated OHV trailheads.
Popular rides include: Mount Antero, Baldwin Lake, Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Pomeroy Lakes, Hancock Lakes and Williams Pass (open during the month of August). Visitors should purchase a San Isabel National Forest map which shows the various roads in the Chalk Creek area. Maps are available at the Salida Ranger District office, 325 W. Rainbow Blvd., Salida, CO, 81201