Monarch Park Campground

Area Status: Open

The elevation is 10,500 feet, and visitors should plan for cold temperatures at night. Some campsites are located near the south fork of the Little Arkansas River. Opening and closing dates are weather dependent.

After Labor Day, 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: First-come, first-served. No reservations are accepted.
$22 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: June 3, 2022 - September 25, 2022
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle (RV).
  • Maximum RV length is 45 ft.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
Closest Towns: Poncha Springs, CO Salida, CO
Water: Drinking water, hand pump
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Visit Salida Ranger District or call (719) 539-3591.

General Information


From Poncha Springs travel west on Highway 50 for about 15 miles, then south on County Road 231 to the Monarch Park Campground.


The campground is not universally accessible. One restroom is handicapped accessible.

General Notes:

Parking is limited to the parking spur provided with each site.


Campground Camping

RV Camping

Monarch Park campground can accomodate RV's up to 45 ft. in length. No electrical or sewer hookups are available. The nearest dump station tis at the Poncha Springs Visitor Center located near the intersection of  US Highway 285 and US Highway 50 at 330 Burnett Ave Poncha Springs, CO 81242.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Monarch Park campground is located on the banks of the South Fork of the Arkansas River. Beaver ponds are near the entrance to the campground and are a great fishing spot for families with young children.


Day Hiking

Popular trails that are near Monarch Park campground include Waterdog Lakes, the Monarch Crest Trail and the Hunt and Boss Lakes trails.

For detailed information or maps of these trails, please contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591 or stop by our office at 5575 Cleora Rd Salida, CO 81201.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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10,500 feet