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Get to Know The Area



The Arkansas River boasts a 102 mile segment of Gold Medal Waters along with numerous high alpine lakes. ArkAnglers is the go to source for fishing info and gear.


The Colorado Trail  is easily accessed just up the road also the old railroad grade.  The Continental Divide Trail is up the valley past St. Elmo. There is the Alpine Tunnel railroad grade and there are hundreds of miles to explore. Many high lakes and other trails or just free lance your way through the mountains, Be smart and safe conditions change in the mountains, so go prepared.

Hot Springs

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is just across the road, Cottonwood Hot Springs is 15 miles away, and Joyful Journey Hot Springs is 50 miles away.

Horseback Riding

Princeton Hot Springs Stables is 3 miles down the road and they offer long or short rides for the whole family.

Whitewater Rafting

The Headwaters of the Arkansas River holds the most popular sections of whitewater in the state of Colorado.


Salida, Buena Vista, and Leadville have museums to visit.


The Collegiate Peaks Golf Course in Buena Vista and the Salida Golf Club are both 9 hole courses and are an easy drive away.


Get out and explore a lake. Some local favorites include Twin Lakes, Clear Creek Reservoir, and Antero Reservoir.

Mountain Biking

The Colorado Trail has several excellent sections of single track close to the cabins. The world famous Monarch Crest Trail is close by as are hundreds of miles of single track.

Downhill Skiing

Monarch Mountain is a little closer than Ski Cooper, but both are worth visiting.

Cross-Country Skiing

St. Elmo is a great place to explore groomed trails.


The mountains above St Elmo are a snow mobile playground.


Bikes:Mt. Princeton just 200 yards away or Absolute Bikes in Buena Vista

ATVs & Snowmobiles: All Season Adventures

Jeeps: Rocky Mountain Jeep Rentals


Hunting is one of the most popular activities for Chaffee County visitors and locals.


Salida and Buena Vista both have an excellent selection of restaurants.

Waterslide and Swimming Pool

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is 1.7 miles down the road; they have a 400 foot hot water slide, four large pools, numerous smaller rock hot tubs, and excellent Creekside lounging.

Scroll down for a map of the Chalk Creek Area for hiking, Jeep trails, and more.

Fishing Spots
ATV Centers
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