Mount Princeton Campground is located in the Chalk Creek Canyon, which is one of the valley's most popular areas. This 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 or showers are available.
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.
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.
$20.00 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.
Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
No water available, No showers
2 vault toilets, 2 handicapped-accessible toilets, Restrooms are provided
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 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