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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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Awesome Scenery

Travelling by motorcycle is the only way to view the canyon. The road was just chipped sealed, so it was slow going, which was not bad at all. We just got to take in more of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
sdakota1970
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Wall, South Dakota
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Wall, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Travelling by motorcycle is the only way to view the canyon. The road was just chipped sealed, so it was slow going, which was not bad at all. We just got to take in more of the sights along the way. The river views were amazing as it cascaded and bubbled along. The mountains...just incredible. Worth the route into Cortez,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Visit the small and very interesting, well done Anasazi Indian Museum between Cortez and Delores. Some interesting shops in Delores. Beautiful drive along the river as you continue on to Rico and Telluride. Drive it often when visiting in the area. Can spend the night in Telluride. Or plan a long day and continue north, east, and south again to... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Before the dam you could raft from the Ranch put in all the way to the confluence with the Colorado River. Now however the releases are for only a few weekends at best. Memorial Day weekend is usually the best but the crowds are also on the river. Snuggle Tooth Rapid can be run at certain levels but also should... More 

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Telluride, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

The canyon is a great place in summer time. Not so easy to navigate in winter and cannot get off the road in winter to appreciate the canyon itself. Beautiful drive!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Love to go to the Dolores river and fish or drive through just to see the beautiful views definitely would recommend anyone to go.

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Cleveland, Oh
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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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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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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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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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