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Cascade Campground

Capacity: 230 People
Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 23
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: reservable sites include 6, 10 - 22
Reservation Status: Accepted



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General Description

Cascade Campground
Copyright: Chadwick Lange - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Cascade Campground
The Cascade Campground has 23 sites and can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Services at the campground include drinking water, vault toilets, tables, fire grates and trash dumpsters. Recycling of aluminum cans is encouraged. No trailer hookups are provided by the concessionaire. The campground is wooded with Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen trees. Sites 19 - 22 have larger parking area and are level sites ideal for tent camping and RV camping. Sites 13 - 18 are smaller sites located on a slope. Site 9 is small and very rocky.

The Chalk Creek Canyon is distinctive for the white chalk cliffs that mark the entrance to the canyon. Mt. Princeton (14,197') is located on the northern side of the canyon and Mt. Antero (14, 269') can be seen on the southern side of the canyon. The historic town of St. Elmo is located approximately 15 miles up the canyon.

Fishing is available in the lower portion of the canyon at Chalk Lake, Wright's Lake and along Chalk Creek. High elevation lakes include Baldwin, Pomeroy, Grizzly and Hancock. These lakes are accessible by foot or four-wheel drive. Hiking accessible from Cascade Campground include Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail, Mt. Princeton Trail and Mt. Antero Trail. The four-wheel drive roads easily accessible from Cascade Campground include Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Baldwin Gulch and Mt. Antero.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive approximately 15 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285. Turn right on to County Road 162 and travel 9.6 miles to Cascade Family Campground. County Road 162 is paved for 8 miles before the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through Mid-September .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Services at the campground inc



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: john nettles (booneville, AR)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful campground,
Conditions: Cool and mild.
Water Availability: Good Water

Filed By: scoutsol
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a really nice campground- the mountain seems to rise right above you, the spaces feel somewhat isolated, and the area is chocked with things to do.
Conditions: Almost all the sites are surrounded by tall trees, and the breaks in them reveal steep mountainsides. Chalk Lake yielded a couple of dinner sized rainbows, and the drive to St Elmo was easy and beautiful- even saw a very large motor home coming back from the town.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
No
ICON Family Camping Cascade Family Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Cascade Family Campground - 35' maximum
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Cascade Family Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Cascade Family Campground - 35' maximum
Yes
ICON Camping Cascade Campground
Yes
ICON History St. Elmo National Historic District
No
ICON Fishing Chalk Creek, Chalk Lake, Wright's Lake, Baldwin Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Grizzly Lake and Hancock Lake.
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Baldwin Creek Road, Upper Browns Road, Tincup Pass Road, Hancock Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail, Baldwin Creek Road, Upper Browns Road, Tincup Pass Road, Hancock Road
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Cascade Family Campground - Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Baldwin Creek Road, Upper Browns Road, Tincup Pass Road, Hancock Road
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Baldwin Creek Road, Upper Browns Road, Tincup Pass Road, Hancock Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Baldwin Creek Road, Upper Browns Road, Tincup Pass Road, Hancock Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail, Baldwin Creek Road, Upper Browns Road, Tincup Pass Road, Hancock Road
Yes



Related Activities
Chalk Lake - Chalk Lake is located in the Chalk Creek drainage on County Road 162 southwest of Buena Vista. Four campground are located within close proximity of the lake.

Iron City Campground - The Iron City Campground is located in the Chalk Creek drainage near the well-preserved mining town of St. Elmo. This area offers many attractions for outdoor enthusiasts such as fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.

Mt.princeton Campground - Mt. Princeton Campground is partially wooded with Ponderosa pine, aspen and cedar trees. The campground has 17 sites.

Poplar Gulch Trail - The Poplar Gulch Trail leads north miles from St. Elmo to South Cottonwood Creek. It traverses 2 scenic valleys and over a high saddle for views of the Sawatch Mountain Range.



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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