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Colorado whitewater, Dolores River

Montezuma.Dolores county, McPhee Reservoir to Dove Creek Pump Station section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     19 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Montrose, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Dolores River in Colorado is 19 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. The
    nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The nature scenery of Montezuma.Dolores County and the cool
fresh water have people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you won't find a large number of other places. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of folks from
Cahone here at Dolores River. There are good places to discover along the Ormiston Point Stock Driveway. Dolores River gets very little rainfall. The wettest month of the year is generally October, that's the one that rains the most while June is frequently the driest month. All through the warm months at Dolores River temperatures are regularly in the 80's while night lows are ordinarily in the 50's. Highs through the winter are mostly in the 30's, and nighttime lows in the 0's for Dolores River.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Dolores River.
 Whitewater Near Dolores River:
Dolores River, Montezuma.Dolores County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 19 miles long (McPhee Reservoir to Dove Creek Pump Station)
Dolores River, Dolores/Montrose/San Miguel County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 28 miles long (Dove Creek Pump Station to Slickrock)
Dolores River, Montezuma/Dolores County, 18 miles away
      Class II+(III) - 50 miles long (Slickrock to Bedrock)
 Ski Areas Near Dolores River:
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 67 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 77 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 78 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 85 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
 Hotels Near Dolores River:
Sophia Retreat Event Center, Dolores , 24 miles away
Property Offline - America's Budget Inn Loya, Cortez , 24 miles away
Knights Inn Cortez CO, Cortez , 24 miles away
National 9 Inn Sand Canyon, Cortez , 24 miles away
Super 8 Cortez/Mesa Verde Area, Cortez , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dolores River:
Dolores River - Glade Point, Cahone, 3 miles away
Dolores River - Lake Canyon, Cahone, 4 miles away
Dolores River - Doe Canyon, Cahone, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Dolores River:
Ormiston Point Stock Driveway, Dolores , 9 miles away
McPhee Stock Trail, Montezuma , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dolores River:
Hovenweep National Monument, Cortez - CO , 21 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 34 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 39 miles away

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