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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:

Slickrock Canyon 3 Day Trip

Travel deep into the desert southwest on the isolated and tremendously beautiful Dolores River. Located in southwest Colorado near Durango and Cortez, raft mellow, mild rapids and take in the stunning red canyon walls that rise tall alongside the river. Suitable for all skill levels and ages 10+, raft during run-off season between late May-early June.

Adult price : $549


Dolores River 10-Day Utah Rafting in Gateway Canyon

Emerging from Slickrock Canyon the river enters Paradox Valley, an interesting geologic phenomenon where the river cuts across the valley rather than through the middle of it! This valley was extensively occupied by Pueblo Indian culture and was also famous in western history as a route through which rustlers traversed to sell stolen stock in the mining camps. In the spring, nesting waterfowl abound in the natural but unprotected refuge.

Adult price : $1689


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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.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • 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.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • 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.

    Lauren C. Rafter


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 ~

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

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