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Colorado whitewater, Dolores River

Montezuma Dolores county, Slickrock to Bedrock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+(III)     50 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. If you're coming from Montrose it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often more challenging than in other states, so don't
    forget that rivers here are less forgiving. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Slickrock to Bedrock stretch is just one of many. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great
exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other spots for that. This stretch of Dolores River is 50 miles long and  
is rated by American Whitewater as a class II+(III) section.

Briefly about the general area:
While staying at Dolores River you could always discover Little Gypsum Valley, and if you're going to from Bedrock, you won't be the only one. Don't leave Dolores River without first going for a hike along the Radium Trail. Summertime highs at Dolores River regularly tend to be in the 90's, and during the night it cools down to the 60's. For the period of the wintertime the highs are generally in the 40's while Dolores River overnight low temperatures during the wintertime are in the 10's.

Dolores River, Slickrock to Bedrock 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, Montezuma/Dolores County, 7 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 50 miles long (Slickrock to Bedrock)
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 7 miles away
      Class II+ - 44 miles long (Bedrock to Gateway)
Dolores River, Dolores/Montrose/San Miguel County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 28 miles long (Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock)
Dolores River, Mesa County, 29 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 30 miles long (Gateway to Colorado River)
Dolores River, Grand County, 29 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 30 miles long (Gateway to Colorado River)
Dolores River, Montezuma.Dolores County, 30 miles away
      Class II-III - 19 miles long (McPhee Reservoir to Dove Creek Pump Station)
 Ski Areas Near Dolores River:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 71 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 73 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 80 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 87 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 87 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Hotels Near Dolores River:
Wayside Motor Inn Monticello, Monticello , 35 miles away
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Monticello , 35 miles away
Canyonlands Ranch Cabins, Monticello , 36 miles away
Red Stone Inn, Moab , 43 miles away
Sorrel River Ranch Resort And Spa, Moab , 45 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dolores River:
Dolores River - Alcove, Bedrock, 1 miles away
Dolores River - The Grotto, Bedrock, 1 miles away
Dolores River - Gypsum Valley, Bedrock, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Dolores River:
Radium Trail, Montrose , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dolores River:
Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez - CO , 46 miles away
Arches National Park, Moab - UT , 49 miles away
Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado , 38 miles away

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