Dolores River Horseback Riding

The 12th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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Northwest Dolores, the 26 mile Dolores River Canyon ride is a very scenic high desert horseback route with five river crossings located in the San Juan Resource Area. Its best ridden in September to mid-October.

Overall, Dolores River is the 12th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado.


Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 247-4874; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Colorado Trail Ranch, Durango (800) 323-3833; Continental Divide Packtrips, Durango (970) 259-6259; Echo Basin Ranch, Durango (800) 426-1890.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Sun Canyon Ranch, Dove Creek (970) 677-3377; Riverhouse B&B (800) 254-4775

Luxury Loding:  Dunton Hot Springs, Delores (970) 882-4800; Tamarron Resort; Strater Hotel (800) 247-4431

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.782, -108.8664

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  8/17/2016

ID:  13860


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