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Monarch Park Campground

Capacity: 370 People
Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 37
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted for Selected Sites



Monarch Park Campground Reservations



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General Description

The setting for the Monarch Park Campground is a Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir forest. The campground has 36 sites, 22 of which are reservable. Sites 2, 3, 6, 24, 25 and 28 have no shade. Sites 31-38 are mostly shaded, and sites 7, 8, 14, 19, 21 and 30 are partially shaded. Site 28 has the potential to flood during heavy rains. Trailers up to 35 feet and medium size RVs are acceptable.

Fishing opportunities for the Monarch Park Campground include South Arkansas River, Waterdog Lakes, Boss Lake, Hunt Lake and nearby beaver ponds. Hikers may enjoy the Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Waterdog Lake Trail and Hunt Lake Trail. Four-wheel drive opportunities include Old Monarch Pass, Boss Lake Road, Middle Fork Road and Taylor Mountain Road. A day-use angler parking area is located on County Road 231 near the beaver ponds. The campground is east of Monarch Ski Area, Monarch Crest and Monarch Pass.

Directions from Poncha Springs: Drive west 15 miles on Highway 50. Turn south on County Road 231 and travel 1 mile to the campground. The campground is east of Monarch Pass summit.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Mid-September (NOTE: Mosquitoes often thrive in this environment, so don't forget the insect repellent.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee The services provided at the c



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Laure (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed here two years ago over the 4th of July and are headed back up there in a week for the 4th this year as well. This is a beautiful campground that is easily accessible and yet has the feeling of being truly remote. Even on what is one of the busiest weekends of the year in most campgrounds, there were open spots here. Most of the sites are large and flat, perfect for tent camping and there are several small streams that run through the center of the camp, emptying into beautiful beaver ponds directly below the campground. The nighttime temps can get a little chilly, even in the middle of summer, so prepare to dress for around 35-40 degree nights. And afternoon thunderstorms happen almost everyday so be prepared for some wet weather.
Conditions: No snow in July, but any earlier than that and I wouldn't be surprised if there was still some on the ground since this campground is located at 10,500 feet. Lots of rain, and many, many mosquitos. Bring the bug spray!
Water Availability: We could only find one water pump in the whole campground and it was on the other loop from us, but not a real problem if you remember to stop on your way in or out to other activities.

Filed By: Kate (Santa Fe, NM)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This campground is in a very convenient location. The place is beautiful! My campsite was on a beautiful meaadow and I was visited by several deer. Occasionally the noise from Monarch Pass was a bit much but the solitude and beauty more than made up for it.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Quite, senic, Beautiful, plenty of solitude. Has not been discovered yet.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail, Continental Divided Trail
No
ICON Family Camping Monarch Park Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Monarch Park Campground
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Monarch Park Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Monarch Park Campground
Yes
ICON Camping Monarch Park Campground
Yes
ICON Fishing Waterdog Lakes, Hunt Lake, Boss Lake
No
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Boss Lake Road, Middle Fork Road, Taylor Mountain Road, Fooses Creek Road
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Horseback Riding Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Boss Lake Road, Middle Fork Road, Taylor Mountain Road, Fooses Creek Road
No
ICON Animal Identification Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Bird Identification Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Pine Cone Gathering Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Plant Identification Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Wildflower Identification Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
No
ICON Mountain Biking Boss Lake Road, Middle Fork Road, Taylor Mountain Road, Fooses Creek Road
No
ICON ATV Riding Boss Lake Road, Taylor Mountain Road, Middle Fork Road, Fooses Creek Road
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Boss Lake Road, Middle Fork Road, Taylor Mountain Road, Fooses Creek Road
No
ICON Gondola Ride Monarch Pass Tramway
No
ICON Scenic Driving Monarch Pass Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Hunt Lake Trail, Hancock Lake Trail, Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Fooses Creek Trailhead - Fooses Creek Trailhead is located 7.25 miles southwest of Poncha Springs. This site provides access to segment 15 of the Colorado Trail.

Garfield Campground - Garfield Family Campground is located on Monarch Pass, a scenic drive. It provides users with recreation opportunities that include hiking, four-wheel driving, fishing and mountain biking.

Waterdogs Lakes Trail - This trail leads 2 miles west from Monarch Pass to Waterdog Lakes. The lakes are surrounded by 12,000' peaks that form the Continental Divide.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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