Cascade Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is 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.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Prior to Memorial Day weekend, and after Labor Day, 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 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: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
$22 per site for overnight camping. Two vehicles or one RV per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. $7.00 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 17, 2021 - October 18, 2021
Usage: Heavy
  • 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.
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.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

This is a popular campground located in the Chalk Creek canyon south of Buena Vista, Colorado.

Reservation required?: Y

RV Camping

This a popular campground located south of Buena Vista, Colorado in the Chalk Creek canyon.

Reservations are recommended due to high volumes of visitors during the summer months. For reservations information call 1-877-444-677 or visit:

Usage: High use area from May through September. Reservations are recommended.
Best Season: Summer


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OHV Riding & Camping

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Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water
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