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Dolores River

Basics
Location:
Runs from north of Cortez northwest to the Colorado River in Utah
Class:
Up to Class IV
River Length
183 miles
Time:
Multi-Day
Season:
May to June

Description

The Dolores River flows for more than 200 miles through the beautiful slickrock canyons of the southwest, before joining the Colorado River near Moab, Utah.

Beginning high in the San Juan Mountains, the river descends over 6,000 feet as it meanders northwards towards the Colorado River. The river can only be rafted for a brief period during spring run-off, and on dry years may not be passable to large rafts. It features some challenging rapids, but is mostly known for exquisitely beautiful red rock desert canyons.

Outfitters offer trips along various segments of the river. These segment are described below. If trips below are combined, you can experience one of the longest uninterrupted river runs in the west, with trips of up to two weeks long.

Tour Companies

  • Several convenient locations!
  • Rafting, Kayaking
  • 970-423-7031

AVA's Colorado Rafting Join AVA for world-class whitewater on the best rivers in Colorado. Trips for all ages and abilities: mild floats to family whitewater to pounding Class V waterfalls! Free wetsuits and splash jackets on AVA-run trips, outstanding guest service, great Outposts. See our award-winning website for daily discounts, packages and videos! Trips close to Denver and all major mountain resorts.

  • 5 Rivers in Central CO
  • Rafting
  • 800-370-0581

Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting The most dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic outdoor professionals anywhere want to escort you on the outdoor adventure of a lifetime. Our years of experience and unmatched professionalism will clearly set us apart when you raft with Breckenridge Whitewater. Choose from door-to-door transportation or drive to one of our offices and save money. See our website for DISCOUNTS and videos!

  • UT / CO / ID Rivers
  • Rafting, Biking
  • 800-624-6323

Holiday River Expeditions - Multi Sport Since 1966, Holiday Expeditions has provided trips to the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Today, we offer whitewater rafting in Utah, Colorado and Idaho, on the Colorado, Green, Yampa, San Juan and Salmon Rivers. Click here for the ride of your life and to learn more about our Bike/Raft, Specialty and Kayaking Trips.

  • 5 Colorado Rivers
  • Rafting, Jeep/Other Offroad
  • 800-462-7238

Wilderness Aware Rafting #1 On Trips Advisor. Twice Named Colorado’s Company of the Year. Specializing in ½ to 10 day whitewater adventures, scenic horseback rides, thrilling downhill mountain biking, and breathtaking zipline tours. Experience exceptional customer service at our 100% solar powered riverside facility. LEARN MORE...

River Details

Class:
Up to Class IV
River Length
183 miles
Time
Multi-Day
Season:
May to June
Guides Available?
Yes

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