I loved my stay at the Collegiate Peaks Campground. My girlfriend and I stayed in the campground for one night (Sunday-Monday) and really enjoyed the grounds. The campground is located in the shadows of Mount Princeton and a few other 14ners and along the Cottonwood River. It's an easy 2.5 hour from Colorado Springs and I would recommend this campground to everyone.
+ Nearby to Buena Vista for any food runs or for exploring.
+ The sounds of the river are amazing. The water was fun to walk in and there is awesome bridge to cross.
+ It's a nice quiet campground. There might be a ton of people camping but it doesn't feel crowded.
+ Very clean. The attendant keeps everything in order. The bathrooms were clean and maintained.
+ The views of the sunset was amazing.
+ Good wildlife and wildflower viewing.
+ campsites are large and comfy. We stayed in a groove of aspens.
- Lack of trails within walking distance of the campground.
- Having exact change to pay is tough when you are a long adventure.
- The high altitude didnt bug me (I'm a CO native) but 10,000 feet would bug out of state tourists. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take it easy.
- Some pine beetle killed trees around. Makes things dangerous during wildfire season.
- $17 a night is steep.