MOUNT PRINCETON, CO

Mount Princeton Campground is located in beautiful Chalk Creek Canyon in central Colorado. This popular facility sits near Chalk Lake and Cascade Falls, and is within 10 miles of a private hot springs resort, making it an ideal location for rest and relaxation. It's also a great...
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Know Before You Go
  • Do not climb chalk cliffs
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • No hookups available
  • Parking is limited; a $5 fee will be charged for extra vehicles
  • Click here for more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Mount Princeton Campground is located in beautiful Chalk Creek Canyon in central Colorado. This popular facility sits near Chalk Lake and Cascade Falls, and is within 10 miles of a private hot springs resort, making it an ideal location for rest and relaxation. It's also a great destination for visitors looking for hiking or off-road vehicle trails.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated at an elevation of 8,600 feet in Chalk Creek Canyon, which gets its name from the soft, white, chalk-like kaolinite canyon walls. Kaolinite is a clay mineral that was deposited by percolating hot springs. A stand of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir offers partial shade in the campground.

Chalk Creek can be accessed from the campground. It flows 27 miles eastward from the Collegiate Peaks before joining the Arkansas River. Chalk Lake is a mile west of the campground.

Recreation:

Stream fishing is best above Cascade Falls, just west of the campground. Nearby Chalk Lake is heralded as a great family fishing lake with rainbow, brook and brown trout.

Plenty of off-road vehicle trails are near the campground. Recommended rides include Mount Antero, Baldwin Lake, Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Pomeroy Lakes, Hancock Lakes and Williams Pass.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites, a few of which are accessible. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. Accessible vault toilets are provided. Firewood is sold on-site. Parking spurs are gravel.

Nearby Attractions:

Take a day trip to the historic ghost town of St. Elmo, just 15 minutes from the campground. An old saloon, county courthouse and many other historic structures remain from the days of its mining glory. Rock hounds come to the area in search of quartz and aquamarine.

The city of Salida is 45 minutes away, where visitors can take a scenic tram ride, experience a zip-line, play a round of mini golf or go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River.

Booking Window
Sun Sep 07 2014 - Tue Mar 03 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Sun Sep 07 2014
Walk In Fri May 08 2015 Thu May 21 2015
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Sun Sep 06 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Historic Sites
  • Hot Springs
  • Lake Access
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Sep 07 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $17.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $17.00
RV NONELECTRIC $17.00
Walk In Season
May 08 2015 -
May 21 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $17.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $17.00
RV NONELECTRIC $17.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Sep 06 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $17.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $17.00
RV NONELECTRIC $17.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.71417, -106.22278
38°42'51"N, 106°13'22"W

From Buena Vista, Colorado, take Highway 285 south to Nathrop. Turn west on County Road 162 and travel 7 miles to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

MOUNT PRINCETON
SALIDA RANGER DISTRICT
SALIDA  CO  81201

Phone Number:

Information:  (719) 539-3591