Mount Princeton Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Mount Princeton Campground is located in the Chalk Creek Canyon, which is one of the valley's most popular areas. This campground is a small facility with 17 sites. A recent mountain pine beetle infestation caused many of the older ponderosa pines to die, so shade is not readily available in this campground. No RV`s hookups or showers are available.

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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: April 7, 2020-May 31, 2020 Developed recreation sites are temporarily closed while dispersed camping, hiking and river uses are allowed, although discouraged. Closed developed recreation sites include campgrounds, day-use areas, picnic areas, and any other constructed facility amenities – such as potable water stations, fire rings/grills, picnic tables, restroom facilities with flush or vaulted toilets, and trashcans and trash collection services. Parking facilities, trails and trailheads remain open. Dispersed camping includes camping on a national forest or grassland where recreation facilities or services are not provided.
Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
$22.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) 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.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the SAME NIGHT.
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • 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: Buena Vista, CO and Salida, CO
Water: No showers or electrical hookups are available. Potable water is available from a handpump.
Restroom: 2 vault toilets, 2 handicapped-accessible toilets, Restrooms are provided

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Visit Salida Ranger District or call (719) 539-3591.

General Information


From Buena Vista travel south on Highway 285 for approximately 7 miles then turn right on County Road 162 and travel west, passing the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort (private), for 8.5 miles to the campground.


This campground is not universally accessible. Two restrooms are handicapped accessible.


Parking is limited to the parking spurs provided with each campsite. 


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Mt. Princeton is a small campground with 17 campsites. Some of the sites have tent pads and all sites have a picnic table and fire ring.

No showers or electrical hookup are available. Potable water is available from a handpump.


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