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Camping: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

Quick Facts

Cayton Campground

Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 27
Reservation Remarks: 27 UNITS; SITES 5, 6, 10, AND 25 BARRIER FREE.
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Cayton Campground is 8 miles beyond Burro Bridge Campground. Because of Cayton's easy access to Colorado Hwy. 145 and Dolores River, the campground is very popular. There is plenty of fishing along the river, but it may be crowded on summer weekends.

Two loops offer a choice of sites. The lower one, near the river, has 14 mostly level spots with limited shade and three day-use picnic sites. The upper loop is gently sloping, with 13 sites. Both loops have pull-throughs and shady tent sites. There is a dump station. At 9,400 feet, expect cool evenings, even in the summer.

Directions from Rico, Colorado: Travel 6 miles on Colorado Hwy 145, then take Forest Development Road #578 to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Usually past the Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Located on Highway 145, in the Dolores River Canyon.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Water, trash pickup, dump stat

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. Located approximately 6 miles north of Rico. Updated: 2004-09-02 09:34:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping
ICON Trailer Camping
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping Cayton Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Dolores River
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails close by.
ICON Mountain Biking Roads and trails close by. (Bikes prohibited in the wilderness)
ICON Picnicking Three day-use picnic sites.
ICON Scenic Driving Bolam Pass
ICON Viewing Scenery Via trails and roads

Related Activities
Bear Creek Trail (San Juan National Forest) - Bear Creek is one of the most isolated and beautiful areas on the Mancos-Dolores Ranger District.

Calico National Recreation Trail - The Calico National Recreational Trail travels south across marshlands, through wooded areas, and uphill to scenic highlands. You can choose several routes via connecting trails for a day hike or an extended backpack.

Calico Trail - Today this trail receives light use yet provides some of the best scenic views of the surrounding mountains.

Cayton Picnic Ground - Because of Cayton's easy access to Colorado Hwy. 145 and Dolores River, this area is very popular. There is plenty of fishing along the river, but it may be crowded on summer weekends.

Priest Gulch Trailhead - Priest Gulch Trailhead, 11.0 miles southwest of Rico, leads to the alpine country to the west.

Rico-Silverton Trail - This trail ascends two high mountain passes, thus affording excellent views and good opportunities for photography.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO


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