America’s white water rafting river
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slickrock canyon overview
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:
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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
What people are saying
Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.
I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.
I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.
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.