(nr Nathrop CO)
Between the 14ers of Mount Antero and Mount Princeton was a canyon that lead to the ghosttown of Saint Elmo. Although I didn’t care to go all the way up, there were some sights that drew me upward to the camp at 8,751ft. Great views and pleasant temperatures were a plus.
On the way, the road passed by the Chalk Cliffs which soar upward and gleam their whiteness in the bright sunshine. At a pull-out, I stopped to take photos. They were impressive, even though they are not actually chalk, but another type of rock. A trail lead to their base.
The camp was stretched out along rushing Chalk Creek, with the sites closest being for tents. I found a spot with a few days open between reservations that had a path to the creek. It was a bit back from the tall pines, so provided ample sun for my solar panels.
A short walk from camp went to Chalk Lake where fishermen tried their luck. Small, peaceful, and surrounded by forest and mountains, it was fed by an offshoot of the creek. A few picnic tables next to the lake, and a path leading around were delightful.
The cliffs, creek, lake, and camp were enough. Yet, another attraction was the real reason for choosing the camp. Within a short distance were two nature scenes that I really enjoy.
Camp: San Isabel NF-Chalk Lake CG drycamp
Scene: Mountains, cliffs, creek, lake