Durango, Colorado
Cayton Campgrounds, San Juan Forest

Cayton Campground: San Juan Mountains

Location: 43 miles from Dolores
Dolores is 38 miles from Durango
RV Limits: Yes. 35 feet maximum
Elevation: 9400 Feet
Camp Sites: 24 Camping
Group Sites: 0
Reservations: No. First come, first serve


Location and Directions. Cayton Campground is 6 miles northeast of Rico on Colorado Highway 145 (the San Juan Skyway) and 43 miles from Dolores. The entrance is 1/2 mile east of the highway on the Barlow Creek Road (Forest Rd. 578). Burro Bridge Campground is 8 miles west, on Forest Road 535.


Overview and Attractions

Cayton Campground is very popular because of its easy access to Colorado Highway 145 and the beautiful Dolores River. There is plenty of fishing along the river, but it may be crowded on summer weekends.


Barlow Creek Road continues past the campground and crosses Bolam Pass with spectacular views. Road conditions near the pass often limit travel to 4WD vehicles. The route eventually connects with the Hermosa Park Road behind Durango Mountain Resort and leads to U.S. Highway 550.


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


For motorists, Highway 145 between the campground and Telluride offers some of the most majestic scenery along the San Juan Skyway.


Cayton Campground Facilities

Cayton Campground has 27 campsites and three picnic sites along the river. Two loops offer a choice of camping sites. The lower loop, near the Dolores River, has 14 mostly level spots with limited shade and three day-use picnic sites. The upper loop is gently sloping, with 13 camping sites. Both loops have pull-throughs and shady tent sites.The campground has water, trash pickup, dump station, and vault toilets.


More Information

Dolores Ranger District
29211 Highway 184
Dolores, CO 81323
Voice: (970) 882-7296
Fax: (970) 882-6841
TTY: (970) 882-6842
Reservations: (877) 444-6777
Online Reservations


Cayton Campground Map


Google Map & Directions


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