Dolores Area - Southwest Colorado
The city of Dolores was first established as a city in 1900, when it became a major stop on the Rio Grande Railroad. The town lost distinction as a commercial center when 1950 brought the abandonment of the rail line. Today, it is a center for recreational activity.
Dolores boasts the second largest lake in Colorado, McPhee Lake whose sloping, timbered shore makes for interesting views. Here you can water ski, sail, or jet ski, as well as fish from a boat for large and small-mouth bass, blue gills and crappies. Or try the Dolores River, named by two Spanish friars in honor of "Our Lady of Sorrows," where the nutrient-rich waters are teaming with rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout. At the rivers you can also kayak. During winter months, downhill ski at Telluride, or for fewer crowds, visit the hills at Durango Mountain Resort (FKA Purgatory) or Hesperus. Snowmobiling and cross country skiing are also available in the area.
This area also has exceptional hunting, with an abundance of wildlife and big game. See the area's beautiful archeology at the Anasazi ruins, and learn about them in the nearby Anasazi Heritage Center museum that has over 2 million artifacts, educational and participatory exhibits. Hike, jeep, or horseback ride in the San Juan National Forest, from the Dolores River Valley to 14,000-foot peaks in the Mount Wilson Primitive Area. Take the scenic byway, the San Juan Skyway, that goes northeast to Telluride on Highway 145 or southeast to Durango. Once called "America's Most Beautiful Drive," the drive from Dolores to Telluride is especially magnificent.
Featured Dolores Area Businesses
Family and reunion vacation lodging in Dolores -- A Colorado hunting and fishing outfitter without a high price tag or minimum stay! Guest ranch, scenic horseback riding, home-cooked meals & hospitality.
Plan your Boating and Fishing Vacation in Dolores with Doc's! Boat Rentals: canoe, paddle-boat, motor boat, pontoon. Outdoor Recreation Rentals. Sporting goods sold. FLY-SHOP: sport fishing pole rentals.
Cabins are along the Dolores River with excellent trout fishing between Telluride and Dolores in southwest Colorado. Your vacation will be full of fishing, hiking and relaxing. Under new Management.
The Groundhog Lake Area is near Dolores, a favorite spot for local fisherman. Lakeside tent sites. Full hookup RV sites. Mountain cabins. Affordable Outdoor Family FUN! Sustainable trophy hunting.
Your SW outpost in the cozy town of Dolores along the Dolores River: mountain cabins, motel rooms, RV Park hookups. Minutes to McPhee Reservoir: boat rentals, fishing. Day trip to Mesa Verde National Park.
Near Dolores Colorado, this unique tenting destination offers activities areas for archery, tomahawk throwing, horseshoes, zip-line & PAINTBALL field. Everything a family traveling with boys could hope for.
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Dolores Area Activities and Maps
Rafting & Kayaking:
Dolores River Rafting
Dolores Snowmobile Trails