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Colorado whitewater, Dolores River

Dolores Montrose San Miguel county, Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+(IV)     28 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Montrose, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This stretch of Dolores River in Dolores/Montrose/San Miguel County is 28 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III+(IV) section of whitewater. The wonderful Colorado scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This river system
    is full of great paddling stretches, the Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock stretch is just one of them. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are not so many other good places
for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado are harder than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while  
are great attractions for lots of people. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Piney Spring, and during your tour here you'll meet some folks from Egnar for sure. A tour to Dolores River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Sawmill Spring. Dolores River is ordinarily a quite dried up site. October is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest month of the year is June. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Dolores River with night lows in the 50's.

Dolores River, Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Dolores River.
 Whitewater Near Dolores River:
Dolores River, Dolores/Montrose/San Miguel County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 28 miles long (Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock)
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 50 miles long (Slickrock to Bedrock)
Dolores River, Montezuma.Dolores County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 19 miles long (McPhee Reservoir to Dove Creek Pump Station)
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 22 miles away
      Class II+ - 44 miles long (Bedrock to Gateway)
 Ski Areas Near Dolores River:
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 65 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 69 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 74 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 80 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 82 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 83 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Hotels Near Dolores River:
Canyonlands Ranch Cabins, Monticello , 33 miles away
Wayside Motor Inn Monticello, Monticello , 33 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Monticello , 34 miles away
Property Offline - America's Budget Inn Loya, Cortez , 36 miles away
National 9 Inn Sand Canyon, Cortez , 36 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dolores River:
Dolores River - Snaggletooth, Egnar, 3 miles away
Dolores River - Slick Rock Put-in, Egnar, 4 miles away
Mountain Sheep Point, Dove Creek, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Dolores River:
Ormiston Point Stock Driveway, Dolores , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dolores River:
Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez - CO , 32 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 45 miles away

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