Dolores River

The Dolores River in southwestern Colorado is regarded as one of the most unique and pristine river environments in the country. On its journey from the San Juan Mountains to the Colorado River, the Dolores River winds through isolated canyons, all unique and vastly different in appearance. You will see Anasazi pictographs, hike to the fossilized dinosaur prints, and explore picturesque side canyons. Your guides will cook you delicious meals and while you relax in camp enjoying appetizers and sharing the days adventures. You have the option of whitewater rafting just the Ponderosa Gorge or Slickrock Canyon as a 2-3 day trip, or combining the two for an unforgettable 6-day, 98 mile whitewater rafting expedition. Join us this spring as we explore the rare beauty of the Dolores River in Colorado.

Ponderosa Gorge

  • Length: 47 miles
  • Duration: 2 - 3 days
  • Difficulty: Class III - V
  • Best Rapid: Snaggletooth
  • Rec. Level: 800+ cfs
  • Put-in: Bradfield Bridge
  • Take-out: Slick Rock
  • Season: Late April - early June

Dolores River with Echo Canyon ExpeditionsThe Ponderosa Gorge descends through towering Ponderosa Pines, thick piñon and juniper forests and brightly colored sandstone cliffs on this 2-3 day whitewater rafting trip. Along the way we will encounter the notorious Snaggletooth Rapid, a quarter mile of exciting whitewater rafting, as well as the non-stop action of 3-Mile Rapid. Popular hiking stops include an ancient Anasazi granary high on the cliffs and the long-lost Cowboy Cave. The Gorge opens up to a flat plain as we approach the town of Slickrock, which can be the close of the trip or the mid-point if you choose to also join us for Slickrock Canyon.

Slickrock Canyon

  • Length: 51 miles
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Difficulty: Class II - III
  • Best Rapid: Le Luge
  • Rec. Level: 800+ cfs
  • Put-in: Bradfield Bridge
  • Take-out: Slick Rock
  • Season: Late April - early June

Dolores River with Echo Canyon ExpeditionsThis 51-mile whitewater rafting journey begins with a descent into Little Glen Canyon, flows through Big Gypsum Valley, and continues into the deepest canyon on the Dolores River, Slickrock Canyon. Float beneath 1,200 foot sandstone cliffs of breathtaking variety and color. The whitewater here is fast, but of moderate difficulty with only a few whitewater rapids to interrupt the peaceful flow of the current. Slickrock Canyon is perfect for quiet floating, side hikes and inflatable kayaks which we can provide. We can see evidence of the ancient Anasazi culture, hike to the fossilized dinosaur prints, and explore picturesque side canyons. This canyon is typically offered in conjunction with the Ponderosa Gorge, which makes the whitewater rafting trip 6 days in duration, but could possibly be made into a 3 day trip on its own.

To book your trip on the Dolores River call Echo Canyon River Expeditions at 800.755.3246!