Loved this spot. Its got all my must haves - classic mountain views, sleeping to the sound of running water, tall pines and awesome camp host. The fact that it doesn't have showers or electrical hookups are a plus as well because it keeps out the riffraff. Finally, don't miss heading up the road to tour the ghost town of St Elmo for a glimpse into hard scrabble mountain life.
Much of Colorado takes a camping time out all the while allowing those die hard campers to still pass through the area and appreciate their many facilities for Day use. Chalk Creek is one of those as Chalk Lake caters to those wanting to catch the fall leaves and even fish in the area beyond the warm season.
I must say it is well worth braving the chilly elements to catch the cotton candy pink skies for a sunset in the mountains. I took a tour of the area all the way to St. Elmo and found the beauty of the area to be unsurpassed. Of course with limited facilities available for restrooms and showers it made camping primitive and at your own risk.
it was surreal how quiet the mountains were after a light dusting of snow and park rangers were few and far between as though they too had rolled up the carpet of tourism.
i would appreciate seeing this area again when it is fully functioning however enjoying the fall months made me have such a unique experience.