Dolores River – Slickrock Canyon White Water Rafting Description:
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:
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
Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.