Dolores River Rafting

Epic Season for Dolores River Rafting, April-June 2017.
Colorado Rafting: Dolores River
Location: Cortez, Colorado
Adventure Level: Rafting: Intermediate
Class: Ponderosa Gorge: II, III and IV Rapids

Slick Rock Canyon: II & III Rapids

Season: April 15 – June 15
Restrictions: Raft: Ages 7+ (dependent on section)
Current Water Levels
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River of Sorrow from Dolores River Boating Advocate on Vimeo.

Dolores River Description:

Once a free-flowing and mighty river, the Dolores River ran reliably every Spring through the magnificent Dolores River Canyon, the longest flowing canyon only second to the Grand Canyon. Known for its playful whitewater, legendary class IV “Snaggletooth” rapid, ancient Anasazi ruins, and stunning scenery makes it a trip of a lifetime. Rafting the Dolores River is a special treat that few ever get to experience. Ironically, the Dolores River lives up to its name, the “River of Sorrow”, due to the limited releases. Impounded by the walls of Mcphee Dam only every few years does mother nature overwhelm the heights of this blockage to allow water to cascade marvelously through the red rock and gold walls. Luckily, 2017 is the year! Tucked away in the Southwest Corner of Colorado, far away from the racing pace of everyday life, is the Southwest’s Dolores River Canyon! Don’t miss this chance to experience Dolores River Rafting. Who knows how long it will be until you can ride this river of lore again.

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  • Ponderosa Gorge – Class II, III & IV rapids

    Towering pines, amazing red rock canyon, and thrilling whitewater rapids, including the notorious “Snaggletooth” rapid, the most formidable rapid on the entire river, makes this river famous. Before the invention of self-bailing rafts, more “swam” the rapid than made it through in the boat! Ages 11 & under walk around “Snaggletooth” rapid at higher water levels.

  • 1 Day: Ages 8+ | 19 Miles | Bradfield to Pumphouse | Meet at 9:15am at Bradfield Rec. Site
  • 2 Day: Ages 10+ | 28 Miles | Pumphouse to Slickrock| Meet at 9:15am at Slickrock Access Point
  • 3 Day: Ages 10+ | 47 Miles | Bradfield to Slickrock| Meet at 9:15am at Bradfield Rec. Site

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    Ponderosa Gorge

    Choose your 1, 2, or 3 Day Trip below!

    1 Day Trip: $149* Adult; $89* Youth

    2 Day Trip: $415* Adult; $295* Youth

    3 Day Trip: $575* Adult; $395* Youth

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    Slick Rock Canyon – Class II & III rapids

    The Dolores River twists and turns between the awe inspiring red sandstone cliffs which tower over the river. Changing from a mountain river to a sweeping desert river makes this section a perfect family and group multi-day trip on the longest section of wilderness river in the West next to the Grand Canyon.

  • 2 Day: Ages 7+ | 36 Miles | Gypsum Valley to Bedrock | Meet at 9:15am at Bradfield Rec. Site
  • 3 Day: Ages 7+ | 50 Miles | Gypsum Valley to Slickrock | Meet at 9:15am at Slickrock

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    Slick Rock Canyon

    Choose your 2 or 3 Day Trip below!

    Meet: Bradfield Recreation Site 9:15am

    2 Day Trip: $395* Adult; $245* Youth

    3 Day Trip: $515* Adult; $325* Youth

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    Ponderosa Gorge & Slick Rock Canyon Combo – Class II, III & IV Rapids

  • 5 Day: Ages 10+ | 97 Miles | Bradfield to Bedrock | Meet at 9:15am at Bradfield Rec. Site
  • 6 Day: Ages 10+ | 97 Miles | Bradfield to Slickrock | Meet at 9:15am at Bradfield Rec. Site

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    Ponderosa Gorge & Slick Rock Canyon Combo

    Choose your 5 or 6 Day Trip below!

    Meet: Bradfield Recreation Site at 9:15am

    5 Day Trip: $865* Adult; $525* Youth

    6 Day Trip: $985* Adult; $785* Youth

    Dolores River Book 5 Day Book 6 Day
    *Additional River/Land Access Fees not included


    Dolores River Rafting Trip Highlights:

    • The longest flowing western river canyon in the US next to the Grand Canyon
    • Due to limited damn releases, access to this magnificent waterway is only every few years.
    • A legendary river with red rock hues and towering Ponderosa Pines
    • The infamous Snaggletooth Rapid
    • Ancient Anasazi ruins along the way
    • Close to Durango & Telluride Colorado
    • Predictable flows only once every decade
    • April 15-June 14, 2017 is your chance!
    • Great trip for families, friends, groups & reunions

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