Overview The Dolores River, a tributary of the Colorado River, flows approximately 250 miles from its origins in the San Juan Mountains into Grand County, Utah, where it joins the Colorado River. A few miles below McPhee Reservoir, at the Bradfield Bridge Recreation Site, the Dolores River enters lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office and begins an 85-mile journey through some of the most scenic canyon country in the southwestern United States. This stretch of river, known as the Dolores River Canyon and encompassing 33,504 acres, represents an astounding array of cultural and natural resources. Key resources in the area include recreation, suitable Wild and Scenic River segments, wilderness characteristics, cultural resources, geology, rare and unique plants and plant communities, riparian ecosystems, and wildlife. Overlying it all is a scenic backdrop of sheer cliffs, benches, and mesas that rival any of the more nationally recognized landscapes in the region. Recreation The Dolores River Canyon provides opportunities for a broad spectrum of recreational experiences. The river canyon is probably best known for whitewater rafting and kayaking (up to Class IV) beginning at the Bradfield Bridge boat access near Cahone, Colorado. Since the construction of the McPhee Dam and Reservoir, boating has been dependent on flow releases and generally requires between 200 (canoes and kayaks) and 1,000 cubic feet per second (large rafts). These releases require a good snow year and generally occur between late May and early June. While whitewater boating might be the most popular activity enjoyed in the canyon, there are outstanding opportunities for hiking, camping, OHV touring, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing as well. Developed camping is provided in the upper reaches of the canyon (Bradfield Bridge and Box Elder campgrounds), while more primitive, dispersed camping is required for overnight stays further downriver.
Vendor: Bureau of Land Management - Colorado
Category: Parks & Forests
Activities: Hiking, Offroading, Camping, Cycling
Size: 31.4 MB
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