Absolutely an awesome experience, awesome guides, awesome lunch.
Pete and the crew were amazing. Pete was helpful, knowledgeable, smart, witty, and genuinely cared about all of us. What a beautiful memory.
Wahoo! Best trip ever!
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
I have rafted with several other companies and this experience ranks as one of the best. Thanks
This was a blast. I have been rafting before. This was by far the greatest. Justin was so professional and a lot of fun. Thanks for a great time.
Totally awesome- This is our second year and it was better than the first. Good job!
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and thought each guide performed above and beyond the call of duty. It was a great trip!!!
This is the fourth summer to raft with Wilderness Aware, and yet again, continue to be impressed with the client services, safety and the overall trips.
Dolores River Rafting
White water rafting through a magical Desert Canyon on Colorado’s Dolores River
The Dolores is a classic western river, unspoiled, with a majestic desert backdrop. In May and early June we take advantage of the warm temperatures and early season runoff to raft this exceptional wilderness river. Enormous Ponderosa pines grow in stark contrast with a landscape of red and orange sandstone cliffs. This results in a striking kaleidoscope of color unique to the Dolores River as the scenery changes through five major western life zones, from the alpine life zone at its headwaters to Upper Sonoran desert terrain along much of its lower reaches.
The traverse of the Dolores takes one through an area as interesting for its history as for its rare natural beauty. It is not known who named the Rio de Nuestra Senora de las Dolores (River of our Lady of Sorrows) and when they did so, but the Spaniards knew it by that name when Dominquez and Escalante joined it near the present day town of Dolores, Colorado on August 11, 1776. They were searching for a northern route to the California missions. The unspoiled character encountered by Dominquez and Escalante remains today.
Dolores River Trips:
|Ponderosa Gorge 3-Day||III-IV||50 mi.||May – Early June||10|
|Slickrock Canyon 3-Day||II-III||50 mi.||May – Early June||10|
|Ponderosa Gorge/Slickrock Canyon 6-Day||III-IV||100 mi.||May – Early June||10|
|Gateway Canyon 10-Day||II-IV||168 mi.||May – Early June||10|
The Dolores River is located about 30 miles northwest of Cortez Colorado, home of Mesa Verde National Park. It is west of Telluride and Durango and within easy driving distance.
Dolores River Resources:Directions to Dolores River Meeting Point: Dolores River trips meet in Cortez, CO. We will shuttle guests to the river from Cortez.
Packing List and Pre-Trip Information: Complete lists of what to bring, what we provide, where to meet, policies,
rental costs and other info.
Gallery Photos: Photos of the Dolores River as well as the other river we raft, area wildlife, our staff and many, many more.
Dolores River Map: Overview Map of the Dolores River showing section names, rapids and other interesting features.