I appreciated how the guide was very concerned for our comfort and well being as well as the safety of the other rafts.
People were kind, helpful, and smiled!!
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
This is our second trip and both times the guides are good people and well trained. If someone was to ask me to recommend a rafting company you would be #1.
I always enjoy using Wilderness Aware. You do very well working with large groups and trying to be accommodating.
Everybody had a great time and had nothing but positive things to say about your guides.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
The guides were gracious, knowledgeable and safe.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
I have rafted with several other companies and this experience ranks as one of the best. Thanks
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.