Dolores River 3-Day Rafting Trip
2017 Dolores Trip Dates
April: 17, 20
May: 1, 17, 21, 22, 25, 28, 31
June: 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15
Starting 12 miles below McPhee Reservoir, this trip runs from Brhearadfield Launch to Slickrock, also known as Ponderosa Gorge. This 47-mile run is full of intermediate Class III rapids with one easily scouted Class IV+ rapid thrown in to keep everyone on their toes. Tawny canyon walls are interspersed with tall Ponderosa pines. Box Elders soon appear as the canyon walls begin to back off from the river banks.
The Dolores River traditionally only runs in May and June. Trips include astounding scenery, side hikes to see Anasazi ruins, fun whitewater, hearty meals, and memorable evenings around a campfire under star-filled night skies.
This operation is conducted on public lands under special recreation permit with the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office.
Dolores River Colorado 3 Day Rafting Trip Details:
The first day of your trip is spent preparing gear and then traveling to the river. At the river you will start your excursion at the base of the 14,000-foot San Juan Mountains, and float through pink Navajo and red Wingate sandstone walls as the Dolores carries you into the canyon. Take in Anasazi ruins and petroglyphs, an abundance of wildlife, and spectacular scenery as you take on fun Class II and III whitewater.
Each day you will stop late in the afternoon to set up camp. Kick back and relax, or explore the area with a quick hike. Cool off by jumping in the river, or break out your fishing pole. Meanwhile, your guides will make sure your tents are pitched and prepare a hot dinner. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the Dolores.
Besides its natural beauty, the Dolores area is rich in history. The Dolores’ full name the “Rio de Nuestra Senora de las Dolores” means River of our Lady of Sorrows. The Spaniards came to the present day town of Dolores, Colorado on August 11, 1776. They were searching for a northern route to the California missions. Experience the history of this amazing area for yourself!