Collegiate Peaks Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is 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 between campsites. 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 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
$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 - September 27, 2021
  • 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


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. Highway 306 is paved on the east side of Cottonwood Pass.


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


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Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water
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9,800 feet