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CAYTON CAMPGROUND, CO

part ofSan Juan National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: CAYTON CAMPGROUND
Status: Closed through Thu May 07 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Cayton Campground is located along the San Juan Skyway (Colorado Highway 145) and the Dolores River. Visitors enjoy the area for its great fishing, hiking and scenic driving opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground is situated near the banks of the Dolores River, in a grassy meadow surrounded by fir and aspen trees. At an elevation of 9,400 feet, campers should expect cool evenings.

Recreation:

The Dolores River is a popular fishing destination that can often be crowded on summer weekends. Anglers will find rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

The area boasts some excellent trails. The Colorado Trail follows the ridge across Bolam Pass. The Lizard Head and Cross Mountain Trails near Lizard Head Pass lead to alpine basins surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks.

The Barlow Creek Road continues past the campground and crosses Bolam Pass with spectacular views. Road conditions near the pass often limit travel to four-wheel drive vehicles. The route eventually connects with the Hermosa Park Road, behind Durango Mountain Resort, and leads to U.S. Highway 550.

Facilities:

The campground offers 27 single-family campsites, many of which are situated along the river. Eighteen sites offer electric hookups. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets, drinking water and a dump station are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The Priest Gulch Trailhead, 11 miles southwest of Rico, leads to the alpine country west of the campground. The Bear Creek Trail, 14 miles south of Rico, heads southeast into the La Plata Mountains. Other nearby trails include the Calico National Recreation Trail and the Rico-Silverton Trail.

Highway 145, which runs between the campground and Telluride, offers some of the most majestic scenery along the San Juan Skyway, including views of the "14ers," which are peaks over 14,000 feet.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Host
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Waterfront Sites
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing
  • River Access
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Scenic Drive
  • Trailheads
Know Before You Go
  • Sites 5, 6, 10 and 25 meet established accessibility standards; site 6 is reservable, but 5, 10 and 25 are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • First-come, first-served sites are available
  • Click here for more information on the San Juan National Forest
  • This facility has first come first serve sites. Even if all reservable sites have been taken, it might be possible to acquire one of these sites on a walk in basis.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.77139, -107.97722
37°46'17"N, 107°58'38"W

From Rico, travel northeast on Colorado Highway 145 for 6 miles. Turn right (east) on Forest Road 578 (Barlow Creek Road). The campground entrance is a half-mile further.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CAYTON CAMPGROUND
San Juan NF
Rico  CO 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (970)882-7296
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