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Dolores River Canyon

Cortez, CO
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Cortez
Type: Canyons, Bodies of Water
Activities: White-water rafting
Description: 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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Delaware,Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Edwardsville, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Beautiful scenery! Would have been helpful to have more signs directing you to views, we wasted a lot of time driving around but still worth the trip.

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Longmont, Colorado
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Beautiful drive with very few cars on the road. The area changed from very dry, barren mountains to lush green as we approached Grand Junction, CO. We had to stop several times just to soak up the surroundings.

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Near Fort Worth, TX
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

What a wonderful drive! We love coming here and enjoy the beautiful scenery every time! I would recommend this drive if you have the time.

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Oracle, AZ
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Dolores is a wonderful little town, on the way north from Cortez to Telluride and Ridgway. The Hollywood Bar, burnt down in 2012, will be rebuilt!

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DRUMHELLER
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The Canyon was in its Fall colours so very pretty. We stopped at a restaurant and had a sandwich and coffee ...service and food was good but it was fly season and put ME off the salad bar.

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ten mile, tn
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

For the map challenged- take 145 to Dolores and then up to Telluride (lovely town full of rich people and rich dogs, stop in for a fruit smoothy). If you want to do the full loop go up to 62 and then cut over to 550 to get back to Cortez. 550 is a little scary (shear drop offs with... More

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Arlington, VA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

This is a very scenic river canyon with ever-changing mountain views. We were lucky enough to be driving it at the peak of aspen viewing, providing interesting patterns of aspens and conifers on the mountain sides.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We did a day of hiking in this area on marked hiking paths. Loved it. You could find paths that were strenuous and some that were easier. Found a nice park to have lunch in as well.

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