Exploring Colorado: Why Visit Chalk Creek?

Exploring Colorado: Why Visit Chalk Creek?

For our first trip with the RV, we headed to central Colorado, to the Chalk Creek Campground located between the Village of Nathrop and the town of Buena Vista in the Upper Arkansas River Valley at an elevation of 7,965 feet. It was a beautiful and scenic 3-hour drive from Denver on Highway 285, traversing the mountains and climbing to 10,000 feet over Kenosha Pass. Don, the truck, and the RV all did great.


So what is there to do in the area?

  1. Mt. Princeton Hot Springs is a relaxing place to soak in the mineral waters, only about a 15-minute drive on County Road 162 (first exit heading East from Chalk Creek Campground).
  2. St. Elmo Ghost Town founded in 1880 is also on County Road 162, past Mt. Princeton. The town is one of Colorado’s best-preserved ghost towns. A spectacular drive through the mountains getting there.
  3. For you adrenaline junkies, there are numerous white water rafting companies to choose from.
  4. If you like old cemeteries, take County Road 292 just before St. Elmo and head to the Iron City Cemetery at the end of the campground. It’s beautiful, nestled deep in the pine and aspen trees.
  5. There are many ATV and mountain biking trails off County Road 162.
  6. Explore the town of Buena Vista. Don’t miss Eddyline Pub and Brewery. Great microbrew and pizza.
  7. Enjoy the historic City of Salida. There are festivals, art galleries, restaurants, picturesque scenery and more.
  8. Or, just do nothing.  Simply kick back and relax.


Chalk Creek Campground

We had an awesome campsite along Chalk Creek. The creek was relaxing and made us feel like we were in the middle of nowhere.


One of the best parts was coffee in the morning, listening to the sounds of the creek.


Mt. Princeton Hot Springs  

Image by Marlene Carty via Facebook.

Enjoy a day at the Hot Springs.  There are two pools at the main bathhouse, a spa, upper pools and a water slide across the road. You can bring in your own beverages and picnic lunch.


St. Elmo Ghost Town

Explore the original buildings and sidewalks in this small town. There are hiking trails from the main street. Enjoy an ice cream from the country store and watch for the chipmunks and deer. There are antiques galore for collectors. A great place to visit.



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