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Dolores River Canyon

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One of the most beautiful drives in the West

We were looking for a scenic drive of the area and an alternative route to Telluride, than the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cochiti Lake, New Mexico
Scenic Drive like no other

Drove this leg of the San Juan Sky Way to Ouray stopping off in Ridgway and had lunch in the True... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Dick C
Battle, United Kingdom
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The 105-mile stretch of the Dolores River and its surrounding 26,000-acre wilderness area is popular for a variety of outdoor activities.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for a scenic drive of the area and an alternative route to Telluride, than the "bucket list - no guardsrails road through Ouray"...and we found it! We followed the river and found some really neat sites....the cowboy towns of Dolorus and the...More

Thank PamU389
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Drove this leg of the San Juan Sky Way to Ouray stopping off in Ridgway and had lunch in the True Grit Cafe lots of John Wayne memorabilia

Thank Dick C
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This drive is just simply amazing. We found it for the first time last year (2016) and knew we wanted to drive it again this year. We drive from Mesa Verde NP through Mancos, Delores, and on up to Ridgeway. LIzard Head Pass and Trout...More

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 28 May 2017

One of the most beautiful drive in the Four Corners. We drove from Cortez to Telluride, stopped briefly in Dolores for lunch, visited the Anasazi Cultural Museum, passed through narrow canyons and snow covered mountains. The various topography provided ample photographic opportunities for nature lovers.

Thank tamu2628
Reviewed 6 May 2017

What natural beauty. There was still plenty of snow on the mountains surrounding this canyon. Farms with newly born calf's, wild turkeys, deer, fantastic river for fishing or floating, towering mountains with waterfalls, and what was most obvious to us was the abundance of aspen...More

Thank Joelle B
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The drive up the Delores River Canyon from the town of Delores to the top of Lizard Head Pass is a delight in any weather. Easy driving, beautiful scenery, and wildlife along the road make this a fun drive. On a trip through this canyon...More

Thank Myron S
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Toss a fly line into the Dolores River at any of the numerous fishing areas, motels, ranches, or public areas up and down the Canyon. During much of the snowmelt season, Rafters on the uppers stretch will wave to you as they float by towards...More

Thank Biztraveler11
Reviewed 29 December 2016

DOLORES RIVER CANYON is a wild, very beautiful American scenic mountain wonder. Trout fishing is good. The snow-capped mountains around it stand over 13,000 feet. Rico is a fine town, and so are Stoner and Ophir. Priest Lake and Lizard Head Pass are fantastic sights.

Thank Rebecca O
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I lived in this area as a small child and have many family member in the area. This is truly a place that is like no other.

Thank smarmon6684
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Don't miss this! It is a spectacular drive with gorgeous views. I've been to 41 states and this area is in my top 10 for sure!

Thank ilovetotravel1976
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1 March 2017|
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Response from ColoradoJAK | Reviewed this property |
Assuming a visit to Mesa Verde as your start (a 'must see' in Colorado), you get on US 160 headed west toward Cortez, Colorado. Just east of Cortez, US 160 junctions with Colorado 145 which heads north. By the time you hit... More
Warren S
19 February 2016|
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Response from Texas M | Reviewed this property |
You can try hwy 491 which used to be hwy 666 (depends on how old your map is) , its about 10 miles north of Cortez. Check your map again.. Thanks Texas..