West Dolores Campground is located on the West Dolores Road (Forest Road 535), which branches north from Colorado Highway 145 about 20 miles northeast of Dolores. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors by hiking, biking and fishing.
The West Dolores River offers fishing for brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout. A day-use parking area is available on-site. Several parcels of private property are found along the river. Visitors are asked to stay on the trail and not trespass.
Mountain biking is allowed on Forest Roads 532 and 535. Forest Service Trail 624 begins three miles south of the campground.
The campground offers single-family sites, a few of which have electric hookups. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
The campground is situated on the banks of the West Dolores River, which has its headwaters in the nearby Lizard Head Wilderness. A shady forest of spruce, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir covers the campground. The campground is at an elevation of 7,800 feet.
Southwestern Colorado, part of the Four Corners region, contains more than 4,000 archaeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings. Mesa Verde National Park is an hour and a half south of the campground, close enough for a day trip. Other sites within the region include the Anasazi Heritage Center in Delores, Canyon of the Ancients and Hovenweep National Monument.
Burro Bridge campground is loacated 19 miles north of the campground offering Horse camping and a trail from the campground into the Lizard Head Wilderness.
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My family has frequented the West Dolores for over 35 years. It has evolved and now has electricity. It's close to the river, and the different size spots are good for both tent and camper. It's spread out so you have privacy and it gets the right amount of sun during the day so it's always comfortable. It's a good mid point to base up to The Meadows, Fish Creek, or back down to Dolores or over 145 down to Rico.
Having stayed in the Telluride area many times, the west fork of the Dolores River was a welcome reprieve from the leaf-peeping crowds in late September who flock to the upper reaches of Lizard Head Pass.
After passing the Mavreeso Campground and finding the gate already closed for the season, we were happy to pull into West Dolores, where a sign greeted us saying that it would be open, but with very little amenities, until the snow came. Didn't see a host or firewood, but paid our money in the envelope regardless. There were a few sites still available on a Saturday night at this time of year.
Your basic woodland campground, picnic tables, fire pits, pit toilets, etc. No cell service. Fire wood sold by host. $24/night for single sites. Seems pretty booked up for the weekend but I got a single night site next to the river on a Wednesday night early August with no reservation.
Upgraded from when we started staying there 30 years ago. Good tree cover and large camps with fire rings and table.
This campground is in the midst of some amazing scenery! Super close to great hiking and the on the West Dolores River. We had a picnic table and fire ring. Loved our time there!