Box Elder

BLM's Box Elder Campground is located within the Dolores River Canyon 6 miles NE of Dove Creek. The campground has 11 campsites with fire rings and picnic tables along with two vault toilets. Towering canyon walls cut by the Dolores River dominate this site, and when combined with the shade of the box elder grove and the proximity of the river, provide an element of relief from the summer heat.

There is no fee at this site, and camping is on a first come, first served basis. The busiest time of year is when there is a 'boatable release' on the lower Dolores from McPhee Reservoir, generally mid-April to mid-June. Holiday weekends during the summer can also fill up this small campground. For more information, please contact the Tres Rios Field Office.

Accessibility Description (ABA/ADA)

ADA Accessible Vault Toilets

Adventure is at Your Fingertips



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Tres Rios Field Office
29211 Highway 184

Geographic Coordinates

37.801257, -108.824402


When traveling US Highway 491, turn east on CR J, just south of Dove Creek. Then turn north on CR 9, east on H, then north again on CR 10. Veer left at the 'Y' and follow the county road down into the canyon. After passing the Mt. Sheep Point (the Pumps) boat access, you'll arrive at the campground in less than Ѕ mile.


No Fee

Stay Limit

14 Day Stay Limit