Cascade Campground

Area Status: Closed

The Chalk Creek Canyon is one of the valley's most popular areas. 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 or near the Hancock townsite located 5 miles south on Forest Road 295. Additional camping is available in the Browns Creek area south of County Road 162 at the junction of County roads 270 and 272.

Outside of peak season dates, camp hosts and water may not be available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: During peak season dates, some sites can be reserved by visiting 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). Prior to Memorial Day weekend, and after Labor Day, sites may be first-come, first-served.
$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 - October 16, 2022
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • 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 and Salida, CO
Water: Water is available via a handpump during peak season dates.
Restroom: Restrooms are provided
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

General Information


From Highway 285, turn west on County Road 162, past the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort (private), for about 9.5 miles. Cascade campground is located on the left side of the road just after the Cascade falls. This campground is located approximately 15 miles south of Buena Vista, Colorado.


This campground has 3 universally accessible toilets.

General Notes:




Campground Camping

RV Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Chalk Creek is located across from Cascade Campground. Stream fishing is best above the Cascade Falls located to the west of the campground.

OHV Road Riding

There is abundant OHV riding near Cascade campground. For information on what county roads permit OHV riding:

Popular rides include: Mount Antero, Baldwin Lake, Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Pomeroy Lakes, Hancock Lakes and Williams Pass (open during the month of August).

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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