The Dolores River, or “River of Sorrows” makes a northwesterly cut up from the Four Corners Region and through the sandstone deposits of the Colorado Plateau. Directly below McPhee Reservoir the river passes through a heavily wooded canyon with steep gradient and many rapids, notably the infamous class IV Snaggletooth section. From there the river continues downstream to its confluence with the San Miguel river and enters a series of Utah style sandstone canyons, crosses large open southwest country, and eventually joins with the mighty Colorado River upstream of Moab Utah.
There are many sections of the Dolores River, all of which are worth your time to explore. We are excited to guide your journey down one of the Southwest’s most iconic rivers. Choose a section that fits your desires, or combine all of them in one of the longest river trips in the continental united states!