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Dolores River Recreation Area
 
Dolores RiverThe Dolores River begins high in the San Juan Mountains and descends through the beautiful red canyons of Dolores River Recreation Area. As the river winds through its southern segments, technical rapids provide opportunities for remote, multi-day rafting trips. Brown, cut-throat and rainbow trout are all common year-round, offering excellent catch-and-release fishing. The canyon rim and adjecent mesas support pinyon-juniper woodlands, while the canyon bottoms feature thick desert riparian vegetation. Visitors will enjoy viewing wildlife like bighorn sheep and river otters.

Field Office:  Tres Rios

River Segment:  197 miles
River Gradient:  11 - 24 feet/mile
Elevation Range:  5,000 - 6,400 feet

Activities:
  • Fishing
  • Geological marvels
  • Water recreation
  • Wildlife viewing





     
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • Boating outfitters
  • Boat launches at Bradfield, Gypsum Valley, Mountain Sheep Point and Slickrock
  • Recreation facilities at some boat launches
  • Restrooms
  • No drinking water
  • Campsites
  • Picnic areas
  • Available in Cortez, Dolores, Norwood and Nucla: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  From Cortez: travel north on US-491. After Pleasant View, turn right onto County Road Ee, turn left onto County Road 16, and then right onto County Road S. Turn left onto Bradfield Recreation Road to reach Bradfield Recreation Site. The river and boat launch will be on the right.


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