Monarch Park Campground Camping (Salida, CO)

I know this may be last minute, but a few of us have reserved campsites for from 6/20/14-6/22/14 (we'll stay Friday and Saturday, return on Sunday). IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE THAT YOU HAVE A RESERVATION BEFORE YOU RSVP FOR THIS EVENT. HOWEVER, THE CAMPGROUNDS HAVE SEVERAL WALK UP SITES AS WELL.

There will be alcohol at this event. Please plan accordingly. We have site # 25 & #26. You'll need your own or possibly share with other member(s)???

If you would like to join us please go to http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/monarch-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70695
and reserve a spot and lets meetup!

Once you have your reservation (or not, if you're doing walk up), please RSVP for this event and answer the event questions.

Overview

Monarch Park is nestled at the base of Monarch Ridge, a short drive north of Monarch Pass. Some campsites at the family-friendly destination are located on the banks of the South Fork Arkansas River, while others lie along a creek. Popular activities in the area include hiking the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail and fishing. Beaver ponds are near the entrance to the campground and make a great fishing spot for families with young children.

Monarch Pass is a high mountain pass along the southern part of Colorado's Sawatch Range. The pass crosses the Continental Divide an altitude of 11,312 feet.

Natural Features:

The picturesque campground is heavily wooded with ponderosa and Douglas fir. With an elevation of 10,500 feet, visitors are likely to experience chilly nighttime temperatures and cool, mild summer days.

Recreation:

Popular trails near Monarch Park include Waterdog Lakes, the Monarch Crest Trail and the Hunt and Boss Lakes trails. Popular trails near Monarch Park include Waterdog Lakes, the Monarch Crest Trail and the Hunt and Boss Lakes trails. Wildflowers are abundant on these trails in late summer.

The river and nearby ponds provide quality fishing for all ages. Brook trout is the most likely reward for fishing efforts. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts can find places to ride nearby.

Facilities:

Drinking water from hand pumps and vault toilets are available. One of the vault toilets is accessible. All sites come with picnic tables and campfire rings. Parking aprons are gravel and firewood is sold onsite.

Nearby Attractions:

In and around the city of Salida, visitors can take a ride on a scenic tram, go ziplining, whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River or play round of miniature golf.




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  • Holly

    Awesome! Had a fabulous time!

    August 18

  • Holly

    Awesome! Had a fabulous time!

    August 18

  • Lisa W.

    awesome site, people and just a great weekend !!

    1 · June 22

  • Heather Marie H.

    Great weekend camping. Thank you everyone for making it a great time.

    June 22

    • Joe C.

      Agreed! Thanks to all who came. We had a nice group who made the most out of the area. We had people doing everything from hiking, hot springs, four wheeling, dog walking, camp relaxing and having great conversations. What a great group of people. I just wish we had more time! p.s. great campgrounds too. 4 out of 5 for me.

      2 · June 22

  • Joe C.

    POST HERE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL DAY AND TIME:

    June 19

    • Donna S.

      Whoops posted in wrong spot...Holly you can tent with me on site 32, but I have an RV so if you're coming in an RV that won't work.

      June 20

    • Heather Marie H.

      Hi Holly. From poncha springs when you turn on hwy 50 it's 15 miles until you turn at camp ground ( between Mile marker 202 and 203 heading west) depending on your cell provider you will lose reception half way or sooner.

      June 20

  • Donna S.

    Running late. Be there by 5;30

    June 20

  • Heather Marie H.

    Hi Holly.

    June 20

  • Heather Marie H.

    Hello Everyone going... My dad just drove by and provided some great information to help us find the campground.
    You will drive through the little town of Monarch (where the lodge is), continue west on 50 past the runaway truck ramp and the mine on the left. You will see signs for County Rd 227 & 229. County Rd. 231 is not labeled, but there is a big sign saying "Monarch Park Campground."
    This is between mile marker 202 & 203 when heading west on HWY 50.
    see you all soon!

    2 · June 18

    • Donna S.

      Holly you can rent on my site#32. But I will already have an RV there so not if you are in an RV.

      June 20

    • Donna S.

      I meant "tent".

      June 20

  • Heather Marie H.

    The trail I am interested is may be a bit long 14 miles... Old Monarch Pass. Many friends during college cross country skied this trail.

    There is Browns Creek Waterfall Trail. This one is 13 miles north of Salida, left on CR 270 for 1.5 miles to a 4 way stop, continue straight on CR270 for 2 miles. At CR 274 junction, turn left and stay on CR 272 for another 1.7 miles to trailhead. Sounds beautiful.
    www.everytrail.com/guide/browns-cr­eek-waterfall

    Monarch Spur Trail starts in downtown Salida and goes west to the end of the railroad (along the Arkansas River). Park at eastern end near G street and Sackett Avenue or at Holman Avenue where it crosses the trail.

    I have not done any of these trails, but they look interesting.

    June 19

  • Laura

    I highly recommend any beer lovers to make a quick detour on your way to the campground and go to Elevation brewery in Poncha Springs. Bring a growler or try a few samples, the beer is amazing!! It might also be a fun option to do a visit there on Sat for those not hiking. ;)

    1 · June 9

    • Heather Marie H.

      Thank you! I will remember to pack my growler!!! too bad I don't have a few. LOL

      June 16

    • Joe C.

      Oh we are stopping on the way up Friday to fill our growlers for sure!!! Thanks for the great tip Laura!

      June 19

  • Laura

    Joe - I went ahead a booked a site just in case (site 002). There are now only 2 spots left as of this morning. If any one is tent camping you are welcome to share my site since my 15 ft camper takes up very little space. As my dogs are little and old now, I will not be partaking in any hikes and will just explore the area around us. I'll bring up some games for evening fun too.
    Thanks!

    May 27

    • Laura

      Hi Holly- I have a friend coming with me now and will be popping a tent on my site. I think I'm full. I'm sorry!

      June 18

    • Heather Marie H.

      Oh, this was in reference to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs... you don't need a reservation to soak there.. Last time I went the fee was $18.00 and its totally worth it!

      1 · June 18

  • Holly

    Anyone interested in going rafting? Maybe Saturday afternoon? Possibly Sunday morning, but I think it might be a little cool in the morning.

    June 15

  • BJ

    Sorry, a biy confused about the process. How do you set up a reservation?

    June 10

    • Joe C.

      Hi BJ, This particular campground has "reservable" sites or "walk-up"sites­. I just checked and all reserved sites for this weekend are booked, but they do have 15 walk-up sites. If you want to come join us then RSVP for the event AND hope you get a walk-up site as they are first come-First served. Does this make sense?

      June 10

  • Chris W.

    This will be my first meet with this group. I wont make Friday, but saturday for sure.

    2 · June 4

    • Joe C.

      Chris W- sounds great. See ya soon! Joe

      June 6

  • Lisa W.

    I'm in ! WOOT !!! excited, except I just found out all of my camping gear has disappeared. WHOOPS !!! Yard sales here I come !

    May 24

    • Jonathan

      Hi Lisa, I didnt get that message, thanks so much I probably will take you up on your offer

      June 3

    • Joe C.

      Lisa & Jonathan - Sounds great :-)

      June 3

  • Jonathan

    Hi Joe, I'm gonna have to take my chances on getting a last minute walk up campsite, I will be down in Crestone Friday morning riding horses with my buddy then I plan on being at the campsite Friday evening so I can do some fly fishing over the weekend, I hope to meet all you nice people then.

    1 · May 29

    • Joe C.

      Hi Jonathan, Totally jealous that your riding horses! Mucho fun! All sounds good. Hope to meet you soon too!

      May 29

  • Teresa

    Hi! I am booked in site #37, see you there!

    2 · May 29

  • Donna S.

    I will probably do a hike on the Waterdog Lakes Trail on Saturday morning (4 mi. round trip-moderate), and drive to St. Elmo's Ghost Town in the afternoon. If you'd like to join me on one or the other or both, let me know.

    1 · May 26

    • Lisa W.

      Donna ! May I join you ? I have campsite 35.

      May 26

    • Donna S.

      Certainly. I'm in 32.

      May 26

  • Annie

    Are you organizing hikes too? Thank you!

    May 21

    • Joe C.

      Hi Donna, No we don't planning on getting drunk, however I always will post if the event will have alcohol. This is for members that are opposed to having a few adult beverages. We do not condone the over consumption of alcohol at ANY event. A person or persons that do, will most likely be asked to leave the event. We are not party animals for sure. I hope that helps.

      May 26

    • Donna S.

      Yes that helps a lot! Sounds perfect! Thanks.

      May 26

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