Just wanted to drop a quick note expressing our gratitude for a magnificent time on the river this past Tuesday. We couldn’t have asked for more. Cheers!!!
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had rafting with your company. Everyone was very professional and kind.
This was my second trip on Browns Canyon (previous trip was with [another company]) and this trip was a 1000 times better!
We wanted to thank you all for a great adventure. You guys absolutely are the best, not just as guides but as people in general. We feel like we made awesome new friends.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
The closest I can come to describing our rafting experience is splendiferous. I have wanted to whitewater raft since I was ten years old. I am 58 and this trip exceeded my expectations on the first day!
You are all amazing! I felt pampered and had a very stress free trip which is an amazing thing considering there were 36 teens coming along for the ride. Thank you!
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.
Our guide was so awesome. She made my first experience the best.
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.