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Address: Cortez, CO

The 105-mile stretch of the Dolores River and its surrounding 26,000-acre...

The 105-mile stretch of the Dolores River and its surrounding 26,000-acre wilderness area is popular for a variety of outdoor activities.

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Fly Fishing and Rafting Paradise!

Toss a fly line into the Dolores River at any of the numerous fishing areas, motels, ranches, or public areas up and down the Canyon. During much of the snowmelt season, Rafters... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toss a fly line into the Dolores River at any of the numerous fishing areas, motels, ranches, or public areas up and down the Canyon. During much of the snowmelt season, Rafters on the uppers stretch will wave to you as they float by towards the McPhee Reservoir. Stop in the town of Dolores for food and drink on a... More 

Thank Biztraveler11
Caribbean Key, Florida, United States
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

DOLORES RIVER CANYON is a wild, very beautiful American scenic mountain wonder. Trout fishing is good. The snow-capped mountains around it stand over 13,000 feet. Rico is a fine town, and so are Stoner and Ophir. Priest Lake and Lizard Head Pass are fantastic sights.

Thank Rebecca O
Yuba City, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I lived in this area as a small child and have many family member in the area. This is truly a place that is like no other.

Thank smarmon6684
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Don't miss this! It is a spectacular drive with gorgeous views. I've been to 41 states and this area is in my top 10 for sure!

Thank ilovetotravel1976
Cortez, Colorado
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I grew up near the Dolores River near Rico, and have always wanted to return. If you are ever in the area I would recommend the drive from at least Dolores to Rico!

Thank Michael1678294
Cortez, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

There is never a bad day spent driving, fishing, loving the Dolores River Canyon but if I had to choose a favorite it would be June - October. Absolutely stunning views.

Thank lwr81321
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Among the best blue highway trips anywhere in the Colorado Plateau (NM, UT, AZ, CO). Drive CO141 from Naturita to Whitewater or vice versa.

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Having lived in Colorado for over 30 years and traveling throughout the state, we leveraged a trip to Mesa Verde National Park into a drive from Cortez up to Telluride during the Fall. Though we had been in this part of the state before, we had never been along the Dolores River during autumn. We were stunned. The colors just... More 

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257 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We spent a large part of our day driving thru and sightseeing this wonderful area of Colorado, a lot of terrific photo opportunities are present during the drive.

Thank James G
Centennial, Colorado
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205 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This canyon is beautiful and worth the drive up the canyon. Road work though part of the way up the canyon. Sept 2016

Thank colin92

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