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Camping: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

Quick Facts

Coaldale Campground

Capacity: 110 People
Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 11
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

The Coaldale Campground is located next to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. Hayden Creek flows near the campground. The area is wooded with oak, cottonwood, pine and cedar. This campground is ideal for tent camping. Access to the upper portion of the campground is limited to a narrow road with a a small turnaround. Parking is available for RVs up to 25 feet.

There are 11 available sites with a number of sites located across Hayden Creek. Services include two vault toilets, tables, fire rings and garbage dumpsters. No drinking water is available. It may be obtained at Hayden Creek campground located one mile west on County Road 6. No hookups are provided.

Directions from Salida: Travel 18 miles east from Salida on Highway 50 to Coaldale. Turn left on County Road 6 and drive approximately 4 miles southwest to the campground. County Road 6 is paved for the first 2 miles. The last 2 miles are dirt and gravel and can be rough. Hayden Creek Campground is the last campground on County Road 6. Before you reach it you will pass Coaldale Campground.

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

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Services provided include 2 va
extra vehicle charge Call for Current Fee An extra vehicle charge of $5

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: If you really like getting up close and persoanl with bears, than this is the place for you. Bear came into camp chased us out and got all the food in cooler. Forest rangers really did nothing about it. We were informed that there has been lots of reports about this bear. So beware and be very careful, as this bear has no fear of people or dogs!!! The sites are wonderful, way to many flies, bring lots of bug spray, campground host is really nice and helpfull.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camp host was extremely helpful, and save for the flies and a camper gathering just up the road, it was a pleasant weekend. Sites 5 and 6 are perfect for groups looking for secluded tent camping, but Site 4 (walk-in tent) is completely hidden away and appears to be the best campsite. The stream that runs through the campground drowns out any noise. Perfect place to visit!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Tent Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Trailer Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON RV Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Camping Coaldale Campground
ICON Fishing Hayden Creek, Bushnell lake, Stout Creek Lake
ICON Backpacking Rainbow Trail

Related Activities
Hayden Creek Campground - The Hayden Creek Campground is located next to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Recreation opportunities include but are not limited to mountain biking, motorcycling, hiking, four-wheeling and fishing.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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