Burro Bridge Campground


Campground Type
Forest Service / BLM

Off HWY 145 - West Dolores Road (Forest Rd. 535)

Campground Details

Open: Seasonal
Number of Sites: 12

Forest Road 535 north past Burro Bridge (towards Rico on Hwy145) is narrow and as of this writing (Fall 2009) has a hastily repaired washout that is EXTREMELY NARROW! If you have a trailer or are uncomfortable on steep, narrow mountain roads - approach Burro Bridge from the south on 535.

Two miles northeast of Dunton, Burro Bridge is one of three campgrounds along the West Dolores Road (Forest Rd. 535), which branches north from Colorado Highway 145 about 13 miles northeast of Dolores. The road follows the West Dolores River almost to its headwaters in the Lizard Head Wilderness. Side roads lead into the backcountry. After 32 miles, the road rejoins the highway 6 miles north of Rico. The road has a gravel surface, but the last 6 miles are steep, narrow, and not recommended for trailers.

There are 12 campsites on a sloping hillside above the river. A few trees give shade, and there are tent sites. Parking pads are wide enough to accommodate RVs. One site has a table suitable for wheelchairs.

Water, trash pickup, vault toilets.

A nearby corral is next to two campsites, for those camping with stock ($5/day). Two bays can accommodate 2 horses a day.

Attractions & Considerations
Burro Bridge Campground is a good base camp for trips into the Lizard Head Wilderness. The Navajo Lake Trail begins about a mile away and follows the W. Dolores River into the Lizard Head Wilderness up to Navajo Basin (foot or pack animals only). The basin is surrounded by El Diente, Mount Wilson, and Wilson Peak, each more than 14,000 feet in elevation.

The Calico National Recreation Trail begins about 4 miles north of Burro Bridge. Trailhead parking is a mile south of Forest Rd. 535 on Forest Rd. 471. The trail goes south across marshlands, through wooded areas, and uphill to scenic highlands. Several connecting trails offer day hikes or extended trips.

Length of Stay
14 days

Miles to Services

Accessibility to Disabled
One campsites has a wheelchair-accessible table. Toilets are fully accessible.


Max Spur Length

Not accepted.

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Nice out of the way spot.

Clean campground on the creek in an amazing part of Colorado. No trash service, clean restrooms, high rating due to location in the mountains.
Oct 01, 2009

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