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Dolores River Canyon

Cortez, CO
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Ranked #4 of 13 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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NC
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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307 reviews 307 reviews
41 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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colorado
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110 reviews 110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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51 reviews 51 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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4 reviews 4 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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