Colorado Trail #1776 (Chalk Creek Trailhead)


The Chalk Creek trailhead is located in the Chalk Creek canyon south of Buena Vista. This trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail (#1776).

Distances from this trailhead:

Browns Creek trailhead - 6.5 miles

US Hwy 50  - 19.5 miles

For detailed information and maps, contact the Salida Ranger District, 719-539-3591.


At a Glance

Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No fee is required.
Permit Info: Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. For more information, contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Camping is not permitted at the trailhead. Camping is available at Bootleg campsite located .25 miles south on the Colorado Trail. The trail crosses Chalk Creek and travel uphill for .25 miles then a small sign indicates the location of Bootleg campsite.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, Colorado
Water: No potable water is available
Restroom: Toilet is located at Bootleg campsite.
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Information


No universally accessible facilities are available.


From Buena Vista, Colorado, travel 7 miles south on Highway 285 to County Road 162. Turn right onto CR 162 and travel west for 7 miles, passing the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort (private). Turn left onto Forest Road 290 (located directly across from the Chalk Creek kiosk) and travel downhill to the trailhead.

Northern route: From this point the trail follow County Road 162 for 1.4 miles to the intersection with CR 321 just west of the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Follow CR 321 up the hill for about 1.2 miles and then turn left on to CR 322. Follow the signs to an information kiosk that posts the next segment of the trail.

General Notes:

Camping is not permitted at the trailhead.


Parking is available for 8 vehicles.



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Day Hiking

The Colorado Trail at the Chalk Creek trailhead travels south towards Browns Creek. The trail winds for 6 miles through a Ponderosa pine forest to the intersection of Browns Creek trail (#1427). This is a popular trail for day hiking.

Status: Open
Fees: No fee required
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


This trail travels south from Chalk Creek to Browns Creek, a distance of 6.5 miles. The Bootleg campsite is located .25 miles south on this trail and is a great rendezvous point for through hikers and backpackers.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Winter Sports

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