Collegiate Peaks Campground


Area Status: Closed

Collegiate Peaks campground is heavily wooded with 56 campsites arranged along 3 loops. This campground offers visitors an opportunity for a quiet camping experience with plenty of space for RVs. The Middle Fork of Cottonwood Creek flows along the south side of the campground.

Nearby hiking trails include Ptarmigan Lake and the Denny Creek Trail. The Ptarmigan Lake trailhead is located about 2.75 miles west of Collegiate Peaks campground. Denny Creek is located 1 mile west of the campground and accesses the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area.

 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Prior to Memorial Day weekend, sites may be first-come, first-served and hosts and water may not be available. During peak season dates, some sites can be reserved by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777 at least 4 days in advance. (Friday and Saturday 2-night minimum required stay for weekend reservations. Three-night minimum for holiday weekend reservations).
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees:
$24 per site for overnight camping. Two vehicles or one RV per site is included in the camping fee. $8.00 for a third vehicle. $8.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available. Sites must be occupied the first night of payment. Interagency Senior/Access passes valid for 50% discount to the camping fee for one site.
 
Open Season: May 20, 2022 - September 25, 2022
Restrictions:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Maximum RV length is 50 ft.
  • Due to the presence of endangered boreal toads (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) in the beaver ponds, anglers are asked to disinfect their waders and boots with a bleach and water solution. This is to prevent the spread of a chytrid fungus that can kill the tiny toads. Do not remove or injure the toads, their eggs, or tadpoles.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, CO
Water: Drinking water, hand pump
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Salida Ranger District at (719) 539-3591.

 

General Information

Directions:

From Buena Vista, CO, take Highway 306. At light, go west for 11 miles toward Cottonwood Pass. Campground is located on the left-hand side of the road.


Parking:

Parking is limited to the parking pads provided at the campsites.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

Status: Open

River and Stream Fishing

Middle Cottonwood Creeks flows along the southern boundary of the Collegiate Peaks campground. The stream is small but fairly well stocked with brook trout. Beaver ponds west of the campground can prove to be successful for the determine angler.

Due to the presence of endangered boreal toads (Anaxyrus boreas boreasin the beaver ponds, anglers are asked to disinfect their waders and boots with a bleach and water solution. This is to prevent the spread of a chytrid fungus that can kill the tiny toads. Do not remove or injure the toads, their eggs or tadpoles.

General Info:

Safety Information

Afternoon thundershowers are common in the high country.


Day Hiking

Nearby hiking trails include Ptarmigan Lake and the Denny Creek trail. The Ptarmigan Lake trailhead is located about 2.75 miles west of Collegiate Peaks campground. Denny Creek is located 1 mile west of the campground and accesses the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area.

Open Season: May-October
Permit: Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. For more information, contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
Best Season: Summer

Backpacking

Nearby hiking trails include Ptarmigan Lake and the Denny Creek trail. The Ptarmigan Lake trailhead is located about 2.75 miles west of Collegiate Peaks campground. Denny Creek is located 1 mile west of the campground and accesses the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area.

Backpackers will enjoy the hike to Hartenstein Lake from the Denny Creek trailhead. The trail continues to Browns Pass and can be hiked as a 3-4 day backpacking trip to Kroenke Lake, Horn Fork Basin and exits at the North Cottonwood trailhead. Detailed maps of this area can be purchased at the Salida Ranger District office.

Open Season: June-November
Best Season: Summer

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This campground serves as a wonderful cross-country ski and snowshoeing area during the winter months. The terrain is relatively level. Driving access to the campground during the winter depends on snow levels. Gate closures are possible at Avalanche and Denny Creek trailheads. Check with the Salida Ranger District for current conditions.

Amenities

Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Parking:
Toilets:
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.81221891

  Longitude : 
-106.3165578

  Elevation : 
9,800 feet