Dolores River 6-Day Whitewater Rafting Adventure
2017 Dolores Trip Dates
April: 17, 20
May: 1, 17, 21, 22, 25, 28, 31
June: 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15
This Class II/III whitewater trip is perfect for the avid adventurer who really wants to get a complete rafting experience. Located in the southwest corner of Colorado, the Dolores River is a classic western river, unspoiled with a majestic desert backdrop.
The banks of the Dolores are lined with huge Ponderosa pines, which create a stark contrast against the red and orange sandstone cliffs. Needless to say the surrounding scenery of the Dolores is absolutely stunning. It is the epitome of the Wild, Wild West.
You check-in at the historic Mesa Verde Inn, located outside of Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde is famous for over 600 cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people.
This operation is conducted on public lands under special recreation permit with the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office.
Dolores River Colorado 6 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!