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Address: Cortez, CO
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The 105-mile stretch of the Dolores River and its surrounding 26,000-acre...

The 105-mile stretch of the Dolores River and its surrounding 26,000-acre wilderness area is popular for a variety of outdoor activities.

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Great road along the Dolores river

This is usually the west side of the loop drive from Durango to Telluride. Although not as spectacular as the west part connecting Durango and Ouray, it is less crowded and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 9, 2015
marcopolo111
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Cleveland, Oh
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Cleveland, Oh
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915 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is usually the west side of the loop drive from Durango to Telluride. Although not as spectacular as the west part connecting Durango and Ouray, it is less crowded and interesting. In October the foliage was truly spectacular.

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Tampa, Florida
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful places on earth, so much so, we bought 30 acres here! Take time to get out of your car when you drive through... you'll be amazed at the views. If you didn't bring a camera, go get a disposable one! You won't regret that decision... Great area for camping, hiking,... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This was a very scenic route to get to Cortez. We travelled along the valley next to the river most of the way, with lots of stops to take photos.

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Rico, Colorado
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Went to the town Dolores on our way to a wedding. Very beautiful town. Great people. Went to Telluride the next day. Way over crowded.

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idaho springs, co
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

We drove between Cortez and Telluride up Dolores Canyon and we really enjoyed the scenery. It is the San Juan Scenic Byway. It is not as scenic as the Million Dollar Highway but it also isn't as backed up around all the bends.

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Price, Utah
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Beautiful forest canyons and looming mountains. Defiantly a picturesque drive through Colorado. Would recommend to any nature lovers out there

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McKerrow, Canada
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The scenery is fantastic as is much of Colorado. Great place to tour on a motorcycle. great for pictures as well .

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Thank Texas M
Twin Falls, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Rode our bikes up from Cortez (clockwise) to do the San Jaun Loop. This canyon rode was awesome; with big "sweepers". Pavement was very good. Traffic not to bad. Scenery - great. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is one of the best color drives in southwest Colorado. Come late September and enjoy the carpets of color up and down the hillsides. Continue through the Rockies for lunch in Telluride then follow the road to Ridgeway, an old cowboy town. If you have a whole day, turn right back into the San Juans and drive up to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Awesome historical and archaeological site to visit, very educational. We will visit it again if we pass that way in the future.

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