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Iron City Campground

Capacity: 150 People
Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 15
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Iron City Campground lies immediately east of St. Elmo amidst the Sawatch Mountains.
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Iron City Campground lies immediately east of St. Elmo amidst the Sawatch Mountains.
The Iron City Campground is partially wooded with Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen trees. The campground has 15 sites. Trailers measuring up to 32 feet and medium sized RVs are accepted on to the grounds. Sites 1,8-13 and 15 are creek side. Site 1 is narrow (9 feet wide); sites 4-6,9,10 and 13 are 13' wide; and sites 14 and 15 are 12 feet wide.

The Chalk Cliffs, Mt. Princeton and Mt. Antero (both 14'ers) are located in or near this drainage. The historic town of St. Elmo is located at the end of County Road 162. Other remnants of the mining economy lie within the valleys and mountains of the local terrain. The Alpine Tunnel is located on County Road 295, south of St. Elmo, and accessible by trail.

Fishing in Chalk Creek and Chalk Lake and various alpine lakes in the area are accessible by foot or four-wheel drive. Hiking trails in the area include the Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail, Mt. Princeton Trail and Mt. Antero Trail. Several four-wheel drive roads area accessible from this drainage. They include Tincup Pass, Hancock Pass, Baldwin Gulch and Mt. Antero.

Directions from Salida: Drive west on Highway 50 for 4 miles. When you reach the intersection of Higways 50 and 285 turn right (north) on 285. Continue driving north for 15.4 miles then turn left (west) on to Road 162. Travel 15.6 miles to the Iron City Campground which will be on the right side of the road. The Iron City Campground is in the same drainage as the Bootleg, Mt. Princeton, Chalk Lake and Cascade Campgrounds. You will pass all of them before you reach Iron City.

Directions from Nathrop: Travel west 15 miles on County Rd 162 to the Iron City Campground. The Iron City Campground is in the same drainage as the Bootleg, Mt. Princeton, Chalk Lake and Cascade Campgrounds. You will pass all of them before you reach Iron City.

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



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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Difficulty:
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I visited the campground in the Spring and there was nobody there. It is very secluded and quiet, but I noticed very little water in the creek. Of course, it's been a very dry year. Interestingly, I discovered that there is a small, old cemetery next to the campground, in an Aspen grove.

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Iron City is further away from the busier campgrounds, making it much quieter. Better tent camping, and sites aren't on top of each other, so you're not listening to your neighbor. St. Elmo is a great place to visit, and the 4-wheel trail up to Tincup Pass is beautiful.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Iron City Family Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Iron City Family Campground - 35' maximum
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Iron City Family Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Iron City Family Campground - 32' maximum
Yes
ICON Camping Iron City 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 Narrow Guage Trail, Agnes Vaille Falls Trail, Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail
Yes
ICON Pine Cone Gathering 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 Backpacking Colorado Trail
No
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



More Information

Visitor Information:

Salida Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 325 Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, 81201, Phone: 719-539-3591, Fax: 719-539-3593

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