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Address: Cortez, CO
Activities: White-water rafting
Description: 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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Glorious in the fall

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It was a wonderful drive. We took some excellent pictures and saw some beautiful scenery and wildlife. Stop in Rico at the gas station that is under new ownership. She is doing a wonderful job and has some amazing items in her store.

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

awesome fishing in the area. But use worms or fly's. Higher up the river you go, the better fishing is. Native cutthroats and browns. But watch out for private property

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Loved stopping in Deloris for lunch and another time for coffee and pastry. The views get spectacular as you drive up the canyon, and the traffic is not bad. Do this drive when the aspen are in fall color.

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Kettering, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I drove this on a Sunday morning. The road to Telluride is fantastic. I actually liked it better than the drive from Montrose to Durango. Do irt early in he mornng before traffic builds.

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Alhambra, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Drive up Dolores River Canyon, but also farther taking 62 over to Ridgway and down the road to Durango and back to Cortez. Between Ridgeway Ouray is worth the trip by itself, but Silverton is nothing special though the terminal of the train from Durango is there. This is known as the Skyline Drive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The drive between Cortez and Telluride is one of the most beautiful in Colorado. There are a couple of really nice RV parks in the Rico area. Absolutely gorgeous canyon.

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Delaware,Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Very beautiful. Lots of gorgeous campsites. Great place to take a picnic lunch and just hangout for a while. Fly fishing a favorite in that area. Antique store in town is very nice. A must see!

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Nice place to visit to get away from the Texas heat wave. Nice backcountry roads to check out with a Jeep or ATV. Be sure to check out the West Dolores River Canyon.

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Address: Cortez, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Cortez

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