Dolores Whitewater Rafting – Slickrock Canyon

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Dolores River – Slickrock Canyon White Water Rafting Description:

Find the Dolores River in Colorado

Downstream of the small hamlet of Slickrock, where Highway 141 crosses the river, the Dolores River twists and turned between the tall and stunning red sandstone cliffs of Slickrock Canyon. By the time the Slickrock Canyon section of the Dolores ends at the tiny outpost of Bedrock, it has matured into a sweeping desert river.

Recommended For: Families and groups looking for a mild and relaxing multi-day river adventure.

 

Recommended Trips on Slickrock Canyon – Dolores River:

Click Here – Slickrock Canyon
3 Day Trip Info

Trip Name:
Slickrock Canyon 3 Day
Sections Included:
Slickrock Canyon
Outfitter:
Wilderness Aware Rafting

Click Here – Gateway Canyon
10 Day Trip Info

Trip Name:
Gateway Canyon 10 Day
Sections Included:
Ponderosa Gorge, Slickrock Canyon, Paradox & Mesa Canyons, Gateway Canyon
Outfitter:
Wilderness Aware Rafting

Dolores River – Slickrock Canyon Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 5472′ to 4939′
Average Gradient: 10.7′ per mile

Access to Access

Slickrock to Gypsum Valley: 13.8 miles
Gypsum Valley to Bedrock: 35.7 miles
Total Mileage: 49.5 miles

GPS Coordinates to Slickrock Canyon Access Points – Dolores River:

  • Slickrock Access: 38.030583,-108.884575
  • Gypsum Valley Access: 38.135173,-108.878739
  • Bedrock Access: 38.304562,-108.894542

Cities Near the Slickrock Canyon Section:

  • Cortez, Dove Creek and Bedrock

Information for Dolores Self-Guided Boaters:

The Dolores River (Ponderosa Gorge and Slickrock Canyons) are managed by the Bureau of Land Management out of Dolores, CO.

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, although there are group size limits.
  • River Manager: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Tres Rios Field Office
    29211 Hwy 184, Dolores, CO 81323
    970.882.7296 ~ www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/sjplc.html

Shuttles:
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

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