Bradfield Campground

Area Status: Open

The Bradfield Campground is located 30 miles northwest of Dolores in the Dolores River Canyon below McPhee Dam. The campground is large and open with 22 campsites, all first-come, first-serve. It has easy access to a boat ramp and trailer parking which is busy popular during the short rafting season on the Dolores River (several weeks around Memorial Day weekend). 

Services include potable water, trash pickup, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire grates.

Between September and May, there are limited or no services (water, trash pick up or restrooms). Please keep the campground clean and pack out any trash!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
Reservations: All sites are first-come, first serve.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Dolores, Dove Creek
Water: Potable Water, Hand Pumps
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center: Dolores Ranger District

General Information


From Dolores: Travel west on Highway 145 for 2 miles. Turn right on Highway 184 for 8 miles. Head north (turn right) on U.S. Hwy 491 for 13 miles, then turn right on Forest Road 505 for 1 mile.

The campground is in the Dolores River canyon, below McPhee Dam. Travel southeast on Forest Road 504 to get to McPhee Dam.

Bradfield Campground area map

General Notes:
  • Dolores River Boating: The campground has a boat-launching area for rafts, canoes, and kayak trips on the lower Dolores River.
  • Dolores River Fishing: You can keep fish caught downstream from Bradfield Bridge, but above it is catch-and-release.
  • Dry Canyon Fishing Site - Dry Canyon Fishing Site is on the northeastern shore of McPhee Reservoir. From Dolores, it is a trip of about 40 miles, most of it on gravel roads. There are restrooms and fishing access here.
  • McPhee Reservior Recreation Area - The largest reservoir in the San Juan National Forest, McPhee Reservoir is a wonderful area for boating, fishing, water activities complete with a campground and full service marina.


There are five barrier-free picnic sites, with no fee for day use.


Campground Camping

Boating - Non-Motorized

Large rafting put in when the Dolores River is runable.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Elevation : 
6500 ft