Chalk Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Chalk Creek Canyon is one of the valley's most popular areas. Visitors can access the area by traveling on Highway 285 from either Buena Vista or Salida. From Buena Vista travel south on Highway 285 for approximately 7 miles then turn right on County Road 162. Chalk Lake campground is located 8 miles west.

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, 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: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees
$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 - Sept 27, 2021
Restrictions:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Maximum RV length is 50 ft.
  • 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: Drinking water, hand pump
Restroom: vault toilets
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

General Information

Directions:

From Buena Vista, Colorado, take Highway 285 south for 7 miles to County Road 162. Turn west on County Road 162, traveling 8 miles to the Chalk Lake Campground.


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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

This campground is small with only 18 sites. Small to medium sized RV's can fit into most sites. Length should not exceed 30 feet.

Status: Open

RV Camping

This campground is best suited to small RV and trailers. No RV hookups are available. No running water is available.


OHV Riding & Camping

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Amenities

Picnic tables
Toilets
Tent camping
Accessible
Camping trailer

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.71297914

  Longitude : 
-106.2337534

  Elevation : 
8,700 feet

 



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