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Colorado whitewater, Dolores River

Dolores Montezuma county, Rico to McPhee Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     39 miles
  The Rico to McPhee Reservoir stretch of Dolores River is 39 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of Dolores / Montezuma County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The Rico to McPhee Reservoir section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than
    those in other states, so better not forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. Whether
you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you won't find many other paddling places. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The campgrounds here at Dolores River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Dolores
 
River you find the Lost Canyon Stock Driveway which is a tremendous hiking trail, and Loading Pen Canyon is also a nice location to look at. A short visit to Drift Fence Spring is always worthwhile, and going for a hike on the Eagle Peak Trail is always a nice adventure. This is such a great river. Mancos State Park is a fine place to stretch your legs a bit. During the long summer days at Dolores River highs are mostly in the 70's. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 30's. Throughout the winter this place gets highs in the 30's, and after the sun is down throughout the winter temperatures at Dolores River drop into the 0's.

Dolores River, Rico to McPhee Reservoir road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Dolores River.
 Whitewater Near Dolores River:
Dolores River, Dolores / Montezuma County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 39 miles long (Rico to McPhee Reservoir)
Hermosa Creek, La Plata County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Hermosa Park to US 550)
 Ski Areas Near Dolores River:
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 21 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 31 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 34 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 44 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 82 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
 Hotels Near Dolores River:
Circle K Ranch, Dolores , 8 miles away
Echo Basin Dude And Guest Ranch LLC, Mancos , 13 miles away
Rico Hotel, Rico , 17 miles away
Far View Lodge, Cortez , 23 miles away
Days Inn Cortez, Cortez , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dolores River:
West Dolores Campground, Dolores County, 4 miles away
Mavreeso Campground, Dolores County, 4 miles away
Emerson Campground, Dolores County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Dolores River:
Lost Canyon Stock Driveway, Montezuma , 2 miles away
Eagle Peak Trail, Dolores , 4 miles away
Morrison Trail, Montezuma , 4 miles away
Stoner Mesa Trail, Dolores , 6 miles away
Spring Creek Trail, Dolores , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dolores River:
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 19 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 19 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Dolores River
Joe Moore Reservoir, Montezuma , 9 miles away
Summit Reservoir, Montezuma , 12 miles away
Puett Reservoir, Montezuma , 13 miles away

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