Dolores Area - Southwest Colorado

Includes Mcphee Reservoir, Stoner

Experience Dolores, McPhee Reservoir, and Stoner, Colorado

Magnificent view of fall colors in mountains near San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, Colorado
View Fall Colors along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway
Horseback riding on trail near McPhee Reservoir, Colorado
Explore the McPhee Reservoir Area on Horseback

The city of Dolores was first established as a city in 1900 when it became a major stop on the Rio Grande Railroad. Today, it is a center for recreational activity and educational and cultural history.

Dolores boasts one of the largest lakes in Colorado, McPhee Reservoir. This reservoir is the perfect place to spend an afternoon fishing for Kokanee Salmon, Small and Largemouth Bass, Walleye, and various kinds of Trout.

McPhee Reservoir in the winter time with patches of snow near Dolores, Colorado
Winter Wonderland: Ideal for Ice Fishing and Snowmobiling
Mountain biker riding on the Boggy Draw Trail System, Beginning in downtown Dolores, North off of Highway 145 on 11th Street, Bike, Hike, Horseback Ride
Photo Courtesy of Dolores Chamber of Commerce
Mountainbike the Boggy Draw Trail System above McPhee Reservoir

The Dolores River, named by two Spanish priests in honor of "Our Lady of Sorrows," is perfect for whitewater rafting and kayaking with rapids ranging from class II to IV. This is the perfect adrenaline activity for history buffs; you will pass through canyons filled with interesting geological formations and beautiful colors of the sandstone cliffs.

The Dolores River Valley is filled with beautiful history; visit the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, the Hovenweep National Monument, or the Mesa Verde National Park to learn about how Natives to the area built and established their homeland. 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 and exhibits.

Snowmobile in the San Juan National Forest north of Dolores. There are over 100 miles of groomed trails that are perfect for wildlife lovers and history buffs. A popular area is the Boggy Draw Trail System.

Elk grazing on tree near Dolores, Colorado
Elk are just one of the many Big Game in the Dolores Area
The Painted Hand Tower, Colorado
See Anasazi Ruins along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway

Two Scenic Byways run through this area: the San Juan Skyway and the Trail of the Ancients. The San Juan Skyway is a big loop along Highways 145 and 550 that runs east to Durango, north to Ridgway, and then back south through Telluride until you reach Dolores again. The Trail of the Ancients connects with the Utah border at two places: down south at the Four Corners Monument and up north near the Hovenweep National Monument and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Driving Directions and Location: Dolores, McPhee Reservoir, and Stoner, Colorado

Dolores is 39 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border along Highway 160 and is 40 miles east of the Colorado-Utah border via Highway 491. Cortez is 12 miles to the south and Telluride is 65 miles to the north along Highway 145.

Stoner is 15 miles northeast of Dolores along Highway 145 and McPhee Reservoir is just west of Dolores.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the Cortez Municipal Airport or the Durango-La Plata County Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Dolores is near: Mesa Verde Area & Telluride

Featured Dolores Area Businesses

Dolores Mountain Inn
A comfortable, clean Inn with suites and motel rooms in the beautiful little Mountain town of Dolores. Play in Southwest Colorado: McPhee Reservoir, Boggy Draw Trail System, Mesa Verde National Park!

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Groundhog Lake RV Park, Campground and Cabins
Outdoor Family FUN! Between Telluride and Dolores, Groundhog Lake is a favorite local fishing spot. Campground: RV sites, lakeside tenting, mountain cabins. Sustainable trophy hunting. Boat rentals.

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Stoner RV Resort and Tent Campground
RV and tent camping between Dolores and Telluride and surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. Stoner RV Resort is a 7 acre mountain retreat with a dog park, food truck, central picnic shelter and camp store.

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Dolores Area Activities & Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic Byways:
San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway

Four Corners Area Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Dolores River Rafting & Kayaking

Dolores Snowmobile Trails


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